Italian tennis star Camila Giorgi has decided to opt out of the WTA Brisbane International that will be played in the first week of the new year.
She had entered the Sydney Open last year as a qualifier and gone on to make it to the semi-finals. Giorgi lost to the eventual champion Angelique Kerber in straight sets in that last-four encounter.
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It was the Italian’s best ever season last year, as she made it to the Wimbledon quarter-final, her best ever performance at a Grand Slam. This had followed her best showing at the French Open too where she made the third round.
This was followed by her second ever title win on the WTA tour, clinching the Linz Open, beating Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-3, 6-1. Her first title had come in 2015 in Rosmalen.
Some of the top players expected to feature at the Brisbane International in the women’s draw are world number four Elina Svitolina, world number five and US Open winner Naomi Osaka, and others likes Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova, Kiki Bertens and Daria Kasatkina, all of whom are ranked among the top 10 on the tour.
The tournament will start from December 30 with the final to be played on January 6. There will also be a men’s draw in this competition and that will be led by Rafael Nadal with the pair of Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori also featuring in the tournament.