Well, safe to say that Gioia cooled off at the tail end of the season. I thought carpet would have suited her aggressive style, but she hadn't played on this surface for a long time. Hopefully she stays healthy and continues to progress next year.
Unexpected loss against Marianna, but yeah, she probably ran out of gas.
This means she won't play Australian Open, but with no points to defend until the end of February I am very optimistic about her chances to play Roland Garros.
$25,000 Pune (IND)
R1: (4)Gioia Barbieri (ITA) d. (LL)Natasha Palha (IND) 62 61
R2: (4)Gioia Barbieri (ITA) d. (Q)Anna Shkudun (UKR) 63 62
QF: (4)Gioia Barbieri (ITA) d. (Q)Keren Shlomo (ISR) 62 63
SF: Kamila Kerimbayeva (KAZ) d. (4)Gioia Barbieri (ITA) 62 62
In the first singles semi-final, Kerimbayeva caught the Italian opponent by surprise with some aggressive hitting from both the flanks. Barbieri failed to handle the pace of Kerimbayeva's strokes, as she got broken in the fourth and the eighth game of the first set.
The second set was a similar story as the Kazak raced to a 5-1 lead, and eventually completed a 6-2 6-2 win in just 68 minutes.
She is not going there for sure, but she is 99 % playing all the other Slams in 2014.
Playing another 25k in India, then 50k Ankara. I think she did not want to play Aus Open and will probably make longer the winter preparation for the next season.
Best ranking in two weeks