Giorgi reaches Hobart tennis quarters

She’s a woman of few words but world No.35 Camila Giorgi is letting her tennis do the talking at the Hobart International where she has progressed to the quarter-finals.

The Italian on Tuesday defeated Japan’s Nao Hibino 6-2 6-3 and was rarely challenged as she sailed through in just 70 minutes, her powerful serve and blasting forehand doing the trick.

“It was a good match, that helps and let’s think about the next one,” Giorgi said in her heavy accent.

Although her next challenger is yet to be determined, it is likely to be former world No.5 Eugenie Bouchard.

They have met only once before, in 2013 at the clay event in Strasbourg, where the Canadian took the honours.

“It’s a match so it doesn’t matter who I play. I will be focused on me, as always,” Giorgi said.

Ahead of the Australian Open, the 24-year-old said she is trying to rack up as many wins as possible.

At Melbourne Park last year Giorgi progressed to the third round, including a three-set win over fellow Italian and then-world No.12 Flavia Pennetta, before being defeated by Venus Williams.

In Hobart later on Tuesday, Bouchard is the favourite to overcome Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck while tournament seventh seed Alize Cornet meets Veronica Cepede Royg.

Australian doubles outfit Jarmila Wolfe and Kimberly Birrell take on Ukranian sisters Lyudmyla Kichenok and Nadiia Kichenok.

Birrell is the only Aussie left in the singles draw after her round-one win.

She faces a tough battle on Wednesday when she meets Slovakian world No.37 Dominika Cibulkova.

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