01 Aug 2013

Italians prove dominant on home sand

News Article

By Leonardo Careddu

Photo: Maximilian HammGiorgia Gadoni and Camilla Ponti (ITA)

CERVIA, ITALY: Day two brought the 2013 Beach Tennis World Championship more sun, sand and tension as the second round of play got under way and the players looked to move ahead into the quarterfinals.

The women’s doubles continued to lose big names as the fourth seeded team composed of France’s Pauline Bourdet and Magalie Garnier lost to local Italian team Elisa Cappelli and Annalisa Prati 62 16 61 much to the delight of the locals who had come to cheer them on.

With the exit of the French team, only one foreign national remains in the women’s doubles: Patricia Diaz of Venezuela who is playing with Natascia Sciolti of Italy and faces a tough quarterfinal match against second seed team of Eva D’Elia and Michela Zanaboni of Italy who also moved on to the quarterfinals by winning round two in straight sets.

The men’s doubles also had their share of big names drop out in round two with seeds six and seven losing their respective matches in some of the best matchplay the day had to offer.

Sixth seeds Vinicius Font (BRA) and Regis Courtois (FRA) were beaten by Italians Alan Maldini and Giulio Petrucci 67(2) 62 63. Speaking with Ravenna native Alan Maldini after the match he said: “The first set was very difficult, however we got back into the match and went on to win the next two sets. The public really helps, especially when you are playing against teams with foreigners.”

The seventh seeded team of Brazil’s Marcus Vinicius Ferreira and Thales Oliviera Santos lost in what was a thrilling match on court four to mixed nation team of Andrea Penza of Italy and Spain’s Antomi Ramos-Viera. The match lasted three sets 46 64 62 in what was the possibly the most tense and entertaining game of the morning.

With the elimination of the Brazilian team, the only foreign national left in the men’s doubles is Antomi Ramos Viera of Spain who will already be thinking about the tough match ahead against the third seeded team of Italy’s Cramarossa and Strano.

Elsewhere Marco Garavini and Alessandro Calbucci of Italy won 64 60 in their match on centre court and will face what will perhaps be their hardest match so far when they meet Italy’s Nicola Gambi and Alex Mingozzi in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

Italy’s Michele Cappelletti and Luca Carli also progressed into the quarterfinals comfortably by winning 62 62 and finally putting to bed the bad memories of their round two exit last year. Speaking with Michele after his match he explained the reason for this year’s success.

“We came to this tournament better prepared than last year and we’ve also had a great season together (with Luca Carli) this year. Plus the crowd cheering you on is a big help for us Italians, thankfully because the level is very high this year”.

The mixed doubles got underway after a short break and gave Vinicius Font of Brazil something to celebrate as he and his teammate Patricia Diaz of Venezuela progressed to the quarterfinals by winning 75 63 against sixth seed France’s Pauline Bourdet and Regis Courtois.

Seeds four, seven and eight also crashed out of the mixed doubles. With some spectacular tennis being played out between eighth seeds Giulia Spazzoli and Matteo Barbieri of Italy losing in the third set 11-9 to Italians Arianna Carli and Niccolo Strano.

Tomorrow promises to be an interesting day, full of spectacular tennis as the final draws closer and closer and the competition harder and harder.

The consolation matches are under way and you can get updates on those results by clicking here.