Camila Giorgi was spoken to by the umpire before being allowed to play after the official noticed a rogue detail about the Italian’s outfit.

Camila Giorgi caused a stir with her choice of dress for the French Open third round but the fashion faux pas didn’t distract the Italian as she marched ahead in Paris.

Giorgi, the world No. 30, upset seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka 4-6 6-1 6-0 to progress to the fourth round at Roland Garros for the first time in her career as the carnage continued in the women’s draw.

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Giorgi was spoken to by the umpire before her match against Sabalenka got underway, the official appearing to have an issue with an advertising logo on her dress being too big.

“I don’t have any change, this is my only dress. I played with it before,” Giorgi reportedly said.

According to tennis commentator Jose Morgado, the umpire told Giorgi she could play in her outfit but would talk to the “office” about it after the match.

The problem was reportedly related to the size of the logo for kitchen appliance manufacturer DeLonghi on Giorgi’s chest. Before the match the 30-year-old posted a photo of herself in the locker room on Instagram, tagging DeLonghi.

Giorgi had worn the same style of dress earlier in the tournament but without the DeLonghi logo.

Meanwhile, French Open favourite Swiatek racked up her 31st straight win to reach the last 16, partly crediting her victory over Danka Kovinic to a hasty wardrobe rethink.

Swiatek, the 2020 champion in Paris, dropped serve three times against her 95th-ranked Montenegrin opponent before sealing a 6-3 7-5 victory.

Kovinic recovered from 1-4 down in the second set to lead 5-4 but Swiatek steadied the ship with a hold and a break before serving out for victory.

The 20-year-old Pole admitted that slipping a long-sleeved white shirt over her playing jersey wasn’t just a response to the chilly temperature on Court Philippe Chatrier.

“These are superstitions, so I don’t really believe in that. But I have seen sometimes when people were changing their outfits in between sets and they suddenly came back. I don’t know if that has something to do with the level of the game,” said Swiatek.

“I know that in Guadalajara, Aryna (Sabalenka) changed outfits when she was playing against me, and she won the next set. So I didn’t know if the outfit won for Aryna but she was still playing good tennis. Some players are doing that.”

Her winning streak is the best on tour since Serena Williams’s run of 34 successive wins in 2013.

However, that stretch will be tested on Monday by teenager Zheng Qinwen who has marked her debut appearance in Paris by becoming only the fourth Chinese player to reach the fourth round.

“I have heard some other players talking about her. I’m sure that she’s in the right place for her to be, because she’s playing really well,” said Swiatek.

“Even when she lost some matches, people were saying that she has a talent.”

With AFP

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