BORGO MAGGIORE, SAN MARINO: Spanish men Roman Dopico-Rodriguez and Antonio Ramos-Viera made it safely into the semifinals as they saw off the challenge from fifth seeded team Petros Baghdatis and Christopher Koutrouzasa from Cyprus 62 63.
They then proceeded to outplay the strong Russian team Alexey Kravtsov and Igor Panin in the quarterfinals dropping just one game to win 60 61.
In the women’s draw their compatriots Pilar Escandell and Rosa Sitja followed suit first seeing off the Polish challenge from Karolina Kosinska and Aleksandra Rosolska 64 63 to meet the Germans in the quarterfinals.
The fourth seeded team Dorothee Berreth and Monika Keller came into the game as favourites but soon found themselves trailing by one set to love. Fighting their way back to take the second set on a tiebreak, the Germans forced the match into a third set match tiebreak. The Spanish however gave nothing away though as they moved into the semifinals with a 64 67(6) 10-7 victory.
Elsewhere the Sammarinese ladies Alice Grandi and Camilla Zafferani were unable to capitalise on their impressive first round win as they lost in straight sets to the Czech team Eva Brozova and Jana Deylova 76(4) 63.
The Russian ladies Irina Bulykina and Gulnara Fattakhetdinova awaited the Czechs in the quarterfinals after making short work of their Swiss opponents Nicole Brunschwig and Vera Molinari 60 61. The Russians proved too powerful for the Czechs though as they set up a meeting with the Italians in the semifinals winning 61 62.
Over in the men’s draw the Sammarinese dream came to an end as Nicolo Bombino and Matteo Boschetti could not find an answer to the Italian onslaught as Marco Garavini and Paolo Tazzari moved into the quarterfinals 60 61.
Despite continuing to entertain a full home crowd, third seeds Christian Berardi and William Forcellini were unable to stay in the competition as Mariusz Kozica and Daniel Polkoszek from Poland played at full throttle to displace the hosts 46 63 10-7.
The Polish success though was short-lived, as they met their match in the quarterfinals in the form of Urban Cevka asnd Bostjan Repansek from Slovenia. Having come through a tight match against the Germans, the Slovenian team did not waste time in taking the first set 63 before wrapping things up 62 in the second to move into the semifinals.
The Italians continued to show their dominance in both draws as the women Simona Bonadonna and Eva D’Elia saw off the threat from the Slovenians Marcela Cuderman and Romina Jarc 61 61 while in the other half of the draw their compatriots Federica Bacchetta and Giulia Spazzoli defeated the Austrians Carina Hirsch and Marlena Metzinger 61 62 to book a place in the semifinals.
It was a similar story in the men’s draw as top seeds Michele Cappelletti and Luca Carli despatched of the Austrians Michael Posch and Alex Tisch 62 61 before overcoming the powerful and attacking performance by the seventh seeded Portuguese team Pedro Correia and Filipe Rebelo 62 63. A match far closer than the score may suggest. The Spanish men await them in the semifinals.
In the bottom half of the draw Marco Garavini and Paolo Tazzari looked formidable following their defeat of the Sammarinese as they continued their winning form against the Bulgarian team of Petar Kirilov and Rosen Nenchev 61 62 to set up a semifinal against the Slovenians.