Italian underdog Camila Giorgi upset fourth seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 7-5 to win the biggest title of her career at the WTA hardcourt event in Montreal.
The world number 71 completed a 2021 hat-trick of victories over the sixth-ranked Czech, who has now lost three finals this season. “I was very emotional inside,” Giorgi said. “Of course, I’m not the one that shows a lot. “It’s just amazing,” she added. “I’m very happy for what I did this week.” Wimbledon finalist and Rome runner-up Pliskova had no answer for the inspired shotmaking of Giorgi, who also defeated Pliskova in the first round at Eastbourne and in the third round at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Czech had won 12 of her past 14 matches coming into the final, which lasted almost one and three-quarter hours. But Giorgi’s seven aces, and four service breaks, were enough to again overcome Pliskova, who remained impressed with her opponent’s top form. Meanwhile, Daniil Medvedev neutralized the attack of American serving giant Reilly Opelka, dominating 6-4, 6-3 to win the ATP Toronto Masters. The world number two Russian needed just 87 minutes, limiting his 2.11m opponent to just eight aces and breaking him three times while saving all four break points he faced.
Medvedev, aided by 34 unforced errors from Opelka, became the first Russian to win a Canadian trophy since Marat Safin 21 years ago. The winner was playing a fifth career final at the Masters 1000 level. “When I was starting I could barely have dreamed of a Masters final,” he said. Now I’ve played five of them and won four. “I’m just happy,” he added. “I want to achieve more, I want to play better.