Photo: Susan MullaneGianluigi Quinzi (ITA)
MLAN, ITALY: When the draws were made at the beginning of the week in Milan few could have predicted the players who have made it through to the Italian Open quarter-finals.
In both the boys and girls draws only two seeds have made it through, and in both draws the seeds play each other meaning there is a high chance that both finals will be unseeded affairs.
Elizaveta Kulichlova is the highest seed to survive in either draw and must be hoping to add another Grade A title to the Abierto Juvenil Mexicano crown she won back at the beginning of the year. The Russian made it through to the quarter-final with a 61 64 victory over Croatian qualifier Bernada Pera and will now face the only other seed left in the draw, seventh seed Sachia Vickery from Hollywood, USA.
Three qualifiers have made it through to the quarter-finals Antonia Lottner from Germany, Adrijana Lekaj from Croatia and Akvile Parazinskaite from Lithuania.
The German Lottner took the biggest scalp of the day with victory over fourth seed Montserrat Gonzalez 76(4) 64, and will next play Ukraine’s Oleksandra Korashvili.
Lekaj and Parazinskaite will face each other in another quarter final and taking the last two spots are Russia’s Daria Salinkova and Czech Katerina Siniakova who eliminated the thirteenth seed in the third round and now takes the route vacated by the No.1 seed at the top of the draw.
In the boys draw there is good news for the home supporters with No.3 seed Gianluigi Quinzi being the highest ranked boy through to the last eight.
In his first appearance on the TC Milan Alberto Bonacossa Centre Court, in front of a crowd of around five hundred people, the Italian did not make the best start, going 5-1 down in the first set. However, the local favourite, cheered on by the crowd, managed to claw his way back into the set and take it to a tie-break. Once in the tie-break it was all in favour of the local as he romped to victory 7-0. With momentum on his side Quinzi then raced through the second set to secure his quarter-final spot 76(0) 62.
Next up to face the Italian and his fans will be American No.7 seed Mitchell Krueger. The American relied on his big serve and heavy groundstrokes to ease past Pedja Krstin of Serbia for 63 62.
Fifteen year old Croatian Borna Coric made his way through to the quarters by taking out Tomas Papik who had seen off top seed Liam Broady in the previous round. His quarterfinal opponent will be South Africa Wayne Montgomery who dashed home supporters hopes by eliminating Italian Christan Perinti 64 76(4).
No seeds remain in bottom half of the draw where French qualifier Quentin Halys is looking to make a name for himself. He survived a tough three setter to overcome Argentina’s Pedro Cachin and will now face Elias Ymer from Sweden for a place in the semis.
Meeting either Ymer or Halys there will be Serbian Laslo Djere or Temur Ismailov who both beat seeds to make it through.
Based on what we have seen so far this week, it’s anyones guess as to who will make up the last four in either draw.