STRASBOURG, France - Camila Giorgi continued a day of upsets at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, stunning No.2 seed Elena Vesnina, 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 to reach the second round.
"I think I started nervously - maybe not nervous, per se, but I wasn’t playing my game," Giorgi said after the match. "I started to do that and found my rhythm.
"From there, it was good."
Vesnina reached her career zenith two months ago to win the BNP Paribas Open, but has struggled to replicate that form on clay, winning just two matches on the surface.
Still, the wildcard looked primed for a seamless victory on Monday, taking the opening set in quick fashion and digging out of a long service game to start the second.
Giorgi may prefer faster courts, but is a danger on all surfaces, stunning World No.3 Karolina Pliskova at the J&T Banka Prague Open just a few weeks ago, and won six straight games in each of the final two sets to win the match after one hour and 25 minutes on court.
In all, the Italian hit 29 winners to just eight unforced errors, and while Vesnina started strong, she could only muster 12 winners to 11 unforced for the match.
Up next for Giorgi is resurgent Aussie Ashleigh Barty, who knocked out lucky loser Cagla Buyukakcay in the first round on Sunday.
"Tomorrow, I’ll practice and after that I’ll play again. I’m feeling good."