Beating Caroline Wozniacki puts Camila Giorgi in spotlight

Italian tennis player Camila Giorgi celebrates winning against Italian tennis player Camila Giorgi celebrates winning against Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki during a 2013 US Open women's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. (Aug. 31, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty

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All right, all right, it's just irresistible.

"Hey, there, Giorgi girl!"

Camila Giorgi put an exclamation mark on her season when she beat former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in three sets Saturday night, sending her into a fourth-round match Monday against fellow Italian Roberta Vinci. This is as far as Giorgi has ever gone in a WTA main draw event.

She was a qualifier for the U.S. Open, having to win three matches just to get in the field. She had a superb Wimbledon, reaching the third round before losing to eventual champion Marion Bartoli. That has been the highlight of her career, one that has been stunted by right shoulder problems that seem to have been helped by laser and physio treatments. She had not played since Wimbledon while nursing her shoulder back to health.

She was impressive against Wozniacki, serving better than her 5-6 body might suggest and going for her ground strokes, constantly attacking. By the end of the match, she had not only beaten Wozniacki but had won over the New York crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium. "I think so was good," she said softly about the crowd support. "Even from the first set, it was really good, was good ambience."

The crowd enjoyed her aggressiveness, her willingness to hit out and not just play baseline defense. "I think I play better tactical, maybe. I don't know," she said. "Just when the ball came, just hit the ball in the corners."

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The 21-year-old was born in Italy to Argentine parents. Her father, Sergio, who is her coach, fought for Argentina in the Falklands war. Her mother, Claudia, is the designer of her tennis clothing.

Notes & quotes: No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who led 4-1 in the first set, was knocked out by Ekaterina Makarova, 6-4, 6-4. Li Na, the fifth seed, beat Jelena Jankovic, 6-3, 6-0.

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