Photo: Susan MullaneGianluigi Quinzi (ITA)
MILAN, ITALY: Ivan Lendl, Guy Forget, Jim Courier, Goran Ivanesevic and Yevgeny Kafelnikov are just some of the illustrious names on the honour role of the Italian Open, Trofeo Bonfiglio who home favourite Gianluigi Quinzi will be hoping to emulate.
The Italian delighted local fans with a 61 60 victory over Croatia’s Borna Coric to claim a spot in his first Grade A final. Quinzi is the first Italian to make it to the final since 2009 when Federico Gaio finished runner up and will be hoping to emulate another Italian Matteo Trevisan who lifted the trophy in 2007.
After the marathon quarterfinal in which Quinzi saw off the America Mitchell Krueger 75 in the final set, the semifinal proved a very different affair lasting only 57 minutes.
Despite the scoreline the local favourite was modest in victory, commenting following the match:
“He missed a bit more than usual but I played really well.”
Quinzi’s coach, Eduardo Medica, a former professional player from Argentina was also pleased with the performance:
“Gianluigi played very well tactically, today he did just want he needed to to win the match.”
In the final Quinzi will face Temur Ismailov of Uzbekistan who defeated France’s Quintin Halys 61 75 in the semifinal. Ismailov, at 16, a year older than his Italian opponent, will be depending on his strong serve and powerful backhand to carry him to the title which will be broadcast live on TV and live streamed at www.supertennis.tv
It isn’t only the boys honour list that can boast some famous names, Gabriela Sabatini and Anna Kournikova are both past winners of the girls title and this year Antonia Lottner and Katerina Siniakova will both be hoping to join the list of winners.
German qualifier Lottner caused the upset of the day when she defeated second seed Elizaveta Kulichova, the hot favourite for the title. Despite Lottner being ranked 83 and Kulichova 6 in the ITF rankings, the fifteen year old German proved too good on the day for the Russian, taking victory in a one-sided match 60 61.
The second semifinal was a very different affair between Katerina Siniakova and Adrijana Lekaj with the result effectively being decided in a close first set tie-break. Siniakova prevailed 76(10) and went on to race through the second set 62 to secure her place in the final.
In the doubles finals Liam Broady and Josh Ward-Hibbert defeated Julien Cagnina (BEL) and Mitchell Krueger (USA) 76 46 to take the title and add to their Orange Bowl and Australian Open doubles crowns.
The girls doubles title was won by Canada’s Francoise Abanda and USA’s Sachia Vickery who secured a straight sets victory over the Croatian pair Ana Konjuh and Adrijana Lekaj 60 76.