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Italy’s Jewish sports stars are apparently inspiring each other. No sooner has Balotelli gained honorary membership of the tribe than word spreads  from the world of tennis of another rising star: Camila Giorgi.

If you haven’t heard of her until now, don’t feel too guilty.

Camila Giorgi (photo credit: CC-BY-SA-Kate/Flickr)
Camila Giorgi (photo credit: CC-BY-SA-Kate/Flickr)

The 20-year-old Italian was ranked 145th in the world going into this week’s Wimbledon Championships — at which point she became a world-beater, winning six matches in succession to move through the qualifiers and into the last 16. Tomorrow, she’ll play Agnieszka Radwanska, the third seed, for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Radwanska is a two-time Wimbledon quarter-finalist, but hasn’t fared too well in the tournament in the last couple of years. And Giorgi is playing with a confidence that quite belies her relatively low ranking.

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