Just because I'm in the mood after creating Manon's thread
and because I really feel like she's quickly gonna become a fave of mine with her fine and entertaining leftie game, her epic headcaseness, and her fun personality.
14 yo Giulia (born February 14, 2002) based in Stade Français, has had a good run at G5 Qatar ITF Junior Open this week: she double-bagelled Areej Fareh in R1, beat 3rd seed Gergana Topalova (2000, #370, who's in good form) 7-6(4) 3-6 6-3 in R2, and Habiba Khaled Aly 4 & 1 in QF, before losing a close SF against top seed and eventual champion Megan Davies (1999, #321), 4-6 6-4 3-6.
She'd played another U18 tournament earlier this year, G4 EuroElite ITF Junior Malmo Open in Sweden in January, where she reached the QFs (beat Isabel Kallmen 4 & 2 in R1 and Hannah Viller Moller 2 & 2 in R2, lost 3 & 1 to eventual runner-up Stefania Rogozinska Dzik in QF).
However, her showings in the 3 top U14 tournaments that she's played so far this year were disappointing: at Nike Junior International Bolton, she was the 6th seed, had a bye in R1, beat qualifier Tiana Fox 0 & 1 in R2, but got double-bagelled by 19th seed Emma Raducanu in R3
; at Les Petits As the week after, she flopped in unbelievable fashion to 2003 born qualifier Dasha Lopatetskaya, 6-3 6-7(6) 4-6 (I watched the match, she was leading comfortably and had several MPs, the choke was surreal
); and at TIM Essonne at the beginning of the month, she was the 7th seed, had a bye in R1, and lost 6-4 1-6 5-7 to qualifier Lou Anne Guerbert in R2.
Last year, she won the only final that she made, at a G16 in Luxembourg (she beat Tiphaine Piquet 3 & 1 in the final).
At the U14 Orange Bowl, she reached R4 (beat Laura Vasilescu 7-5 6-2 in R1, Scout Mathews 1 & 0 in R3, and Ava Hrastar 6-2 7-6(1) in R3, lost 3 & 3 to Gabriella Price in R4), and she reached the QFs at the 3 G4s that she played.
She's playing the 2nd edition of the G5 in Qatar next week, good luck