Hard work pays off for Camila Giorgi as Italian captures biggest title of her career at Canadian Open

Camila Giorgi of Italy lifts the Canadian Open trophy

“It’s just amazing,” was how Camila Giorgi described her title-winning run in Montreal as she won the biggest title of her career by beating Karolina Pliskova in the Canadian Open final.

The Italian started Sunday’s match having won only two of her previous eight finals – all WTA 250/International events – but she was far from overwhelmed in the WTA 1000 final.

She produced a confident display as she beat world No 4 Pliskova 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 40 minutes.

The world No 71 claimed back-to-back breaks in games seven and nine of the opening set and, after trading breaks with Pliskova early in the second set, she got the crucial break in game 12.

“I really think I was very emotional inside. I’m not the one that shows a lot [of emotion]. Of course, it’s just amazing. I’m very happy for what I did this week,” Giorgi said.

She added: “I think it just amazing that it came. I think I didn’t have opportunity in these years. I have many injuries. I think this year I was more able to play, being physically well.

“This comes after all the work I have been doing with my father, he is my coach,” she said. “All the work we have been putting in all these years. We were sure [success] would come in any period as I was playing a very high level a few months ago and I just started to believe in myself.”