British No. 2, Laura Robson came through a tense two-hour battle to advance to the second round, at the Sony Open, WTA Premier Event in Miami.
An early break went to Robson, who was immediately broken back by Giorgi before the first change of ends.
The initiative went to Robson, taking the next two games to stretch to a lead of 4-1.
It looked as though the momentum had swung in Robson’s favour as she broke the Italian again to serve for the first set, only to be broken back immediately.
Robson broke Giorgi for the 4th time in a row to take the first set 6-2.
All games won so far by Giorgi were on Robson’s serve, and the trend continued with the first game of the second set.
Ironically the Italian had not held a single service game in the first set, and that trend also continued to leave them on serve again after the first change of ends.
Giorgi finally held her first game of the match, but could not convert a break point in the following game, leaving things on serve.
The momentum seemed to be swinging the way of Giorgi, holding again, and then breaking Robson to love, to lead 4-3.
After a couple of holds a-piece, Giorgi served for the second set and took the match into a decider.
The final started with yet more breaks traded between them, before the rarity of both of them holding.
A decisive break saw Robson coming out at 5-3 to serve for the match.
7 deuces, 3 saved break points and on the 5th match point later, Robson advanced to R2 after just over 2 hours on court.
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