Photo: Maximilian HammGiulia Spazzoli and Giulia Curzi (ITA)
CERVIA, ITALY: Another day of sun and fantastic beach tennis came to an end on Friday, although for some big names in the tournament it would be their last.
The women’s doubles saw some of the most intense matches so far with both seeds one and two being defeated in three set thrillers by unseeded teams.
On centre court the top seeded team of Italy’s Giulia Curzi and Giulia Spazzoli were beaten by local girls Arianna Carli and Flaminia Daina to the delight of many who came to watch.
The match went to three sets 64 46 76(5), with Carli and Daina quickly leading by five points at the beginning of the tiebreak only to allow Curzi and Spazzoli to catch up making it 5-5.
Eventually however the local girls managed another two points and sealed their place in the semifinal where they will meet the third seeded team of Sofia Cimatti (ITA) and Veronica Visani (ITA).
Elsewhere, the last remaining foreign national, Patricia Diaz, of Venezuela and her teammate Natascia Sciolti of Italy managed to beat the second seeded team of Eva D’Elia (world number one) and Michela Zanaboni of Italy in three sets 16 64 62.
Diaz was clearly delighted with their win: “It’s a big confidence boost to win against such big names and I hope I will be able to represent Venezuela for much longer in this tournament.”
The men’s doubles were not spared from some big name losses: Italy’s Alex Mingozzi and Nicola Gambi played tournament favourites Alessandro Calbucci (ITA) and Marco Garavini (ITA) and attracted a massive crowd to court four in what was sure to be a thrilling match.
However, Garavini and Calbucci continued their seemingly unstoppable march towards the final with an impressive display of teamwork and will-power to beat them 63 63.
Antomi Ramos-Viera of Spain, the last foreign national in the men’s doubles, was another casualty of these quarterfinals as he and his teammate Andrea Penza (ITA) were beaten 62 63 by the impressive third seeded team of Luca Cramarossa (ITA) and Niccolo Strano (ITA). They will be hoping to continue their good form as they will play Calbucci and Garavini in the semifinals tomorrow.
The centre court game between the second seeded team of Michele Cappelletti (ITA) and Luca Carli (ITA) against eighth seeds Marco Faccini (ITA) and Michele Folegatti (ITA) attracted a big crowd; however, Cappelletti and Carli were not distracted and confirmed that they are completely over the disappointment of last year’s early exit as they cruised to a 63 62 victory in front of their home crowd.
Speaking with him afterwards, he said: “We played and won against them three weeks ago in Viareggio and knew they were good but also that we could beat them if we played at our very best. Having so many people cheer you on is fantastic and a big help and I hope to give them a lot more to cheer about.”
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