SYDNEY, Australia - Camila Giorgi became the fourth qualifier in the past five years to reach the Sydney International semifinals on Thursday, delivering a stunning display of power tennis to strike 33 winners in demolishing Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2.
The Italian came out of the blocks fast, hammering winners off both wings to make her way to break point in just the second game of the match - which she would eventually convert with another clean forehand return winner.
As she sped to a 31-minute opening set, it was the World No.100's solidity on serve that proved crucial. Landing a brilliant 86% of her first serves, Giorgi did not have to face a break point in the entire set, and time and again set herself up perfectly to control rallies.
Radwanska, meanwhile, failed to help her cause with some unusual mistakes - the Pole would commit 15 unforced errors over the course of the match, countered by just six winners - and an ill-timed double fault sealed the double break deficit.
During the opening stages of the second set, it seemed as though the match could be poised to turn around. Radwanska came through a titanic struggle to hold in the opening game, and thereafter Giorgi's first serve percentage came back down to earth.
As it fell to just 50%, the 26-year-old was was forced to save four break points across five deuces in her first two service games. However, her risk-to-reward ratio off the ground was still - just - paying off, and when she found her way to a break point opportunity of her own in the fifth game she pounced, pummeling an inside-out forehand winner to move to 3-2.
A second break of serve followed as the 2013 Sydney champion let a 40-15 lead slip in the seventh game. Serving it out, Giorgi double faulted on her first match point, but made no mistake on the second as another Radwanska groundstroke drifted long.
Giorgi, who is yet to drop a set in six qualifying and main draw matches this week, is no stranger to giant-killing runs: indeed, in her run to her only previous Premier semifinal, in New Haven in 2014, Giorgi managed to oust CoCo Vandeweghe, Caroline Wozniacki and Garbiñe Muguruza back-to-back before falling to Magdalena Rybarikova.
At Sydney this year, she has already beaten two Slam champions in Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova - and will get the chance to take down another in Angelique Kerber tomorrow.