All eight seeded players in the men’s and women’s singles made winning starts to their campaigns on the second day of the Trofeo della Mole, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, to reach the quarterfinals in Torino.
The closest thing to an upset came in the women’s singles match between seventh seed Sophie Fraioli and her fellow Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Morch, but Fraoili found a way to survive a second set tiebreak and subsequently dominated the deciding set to advance 57 76(7) 61.
Fraoili will face Italian second seed Marianna Lauro for a place in the semifinals after Lauro became the only player to win her opening women’s match without dropping a game. There will be another French-Italian quarterfinal as fourths seed Pauline Helouin and fifth seed Stefania Galletti go head-to-head.
While there will be two French and two Italian players in the quarterfinals, there will also be two Swiss players, after sixth seed Gabriela Buehler edged out Judith Sanders of the Netherlands 64 64. Buehler will play Dutch top seed Sharon Walraven, while her Swiss compatriot and eighth seed Annabelle Ribeaud will play German third seed Bianca Osterer.
In the men’s singles world No. 5 and top seed Gustavo Fernandez made the best possible start as he eased past Marco Amadori 60 60 to set up a quarterfinal against former world No. 1 and seventh seed Laurent Giammartini of France.
Argentinean and French players go head-to-head in both quarterfinals in the top half of the men’s draw, with fourth seed Agustin Ledesma and sixth seed Lahcen Majdi playing each other for a place in the semifinals against either Fernandez or Giammartini.
The semifinals will feature a Belgian player after eighth seed Mike Denayer held on to beat Antonio Cippo of Italy in his opening match, booking a place in the last eight against second seed Joachim Gerard.
Meanwhile fifth seed Fabian Mazzei takes Italian hopes into the last eight, where he now faces third seed Martin Legner of Austria.
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