LINZ, Austria - Camila Giorgi is back into the final at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz for the second time, needing two sets to outlast the tricky Alison Van Uytvanck.
Giorgi needed six match points to seal her spot into the final, staying strong under pressure to save all six break points she faced during the 6-3, 6-4 victory.
"Today was a really great match, and at the end it was very close," Giorgi said in her post-match interview.
As a result the No.5 seeded Italian - currently ranked World No.32 - is guaranteed to rise to a new career high ranking, landing inside the Top 30 with her run to the final. Giorgi’s previous highest ranking was No.30, which she earned in July 2015.
Giorgi came into the matchup full of confidence - in addition to reaching the Linz final in 2014, both times this pair has played previously Giorgi has scored comfortable wins, winning in Miami in straight sets back in 2015 and recording a 6-2, 6-1 beatdown in Lugano earlier this year.
The confidence showed as Giorgi made a fast start, playing her usual brand of ultra-aggressive tennis, and was rewarded right away with a break to lead 3-0. Her big serve was keeping her on the front foot, and pressuring Van Uytvanck into playing high-risk tennis.
But the Belgian was still knocking on the door, keeping Giorgi under pressure by reaching deuce four times at 4-1 and creating a pair of break chances at 5-3. However, Giorgi handled the pressure admirably to come through unscathed, raising her level at the crucial moments to take the opening set.
The second set was a tense affair, with both players evenly matched and dialed in. Van Uytvanck once again held break chances - a pair of them at 2-1 - but Giorgi denied her as the first eight games going the way of the server.
Giorgi earned the decisive break at 5-4, but faced a marathon battle as Van Uytvanck refused to fade. She finally closed it out after a marathon seven-minute game, saving two break points to finally convert on her sixth match point.
Into the fifth WTA final of her career, Giorgi is seeking to add the Linz trophy to her lone title, which came back in 2015 at ‘s-Hertogenbosch. She’ll take on the winner between Andrea Petkovic and Ekaterina Alexandrova in the day’s second semifinal.
"I focus always on my game, I try to play aggressive - that's my game," Giorgi said. "That's all."