Sydney: Aga beaten by Giorgi


Agnieszka is out of the Sydney International after falling to Camila Giorgi of Italy 1-6 2-6 on Thursday.


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The Italian came out of the blocks fast, hammering winners off both wings to make her way to break point in just the second game of the match - which she would eventually convert with another clean forehand return winner.


As she sped to a 31-minute opening set, it was the World No.100's solidity on serve that proved crucial. Landing a brilliant 86% of her first serves, Giorgi did not have to face a break point in the entire set, and time and again set herself up perfectly to control rallies.

Radwanska, meanwhile, failed to help her cause with some unusual mistakes - the Pole would commit 15 unforced errors over the course of the match, countered by just six winners - and an ill-timed double fault sealed the double break deficit.


During the opening stages of the second set, it seemed as though the match could be poised to turn around. Radwanska came through a titanic struggle to hold in the opening game, and thereafter Giorgi's first serve percentage came back down to earth.

As it fell to just 50%, the 26-year-old was was forced to save four break points across five deuces in her first two service games. However, her risk-to-reward ratio off the ground was still - just - paying off, and when she found her way to a break point opportunity of her own in the fifth game she pounced, pummeling an inside-out forehand winner to move to 3-2.


A second break of serve followed as the 2013 Sydney champion let a 40-15 lead slip in the seventh game. Serving it out, Giorgi double faulted on her first match point, but made no mistake on the second as another Radwanska groundstroke drifted long.

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