Photo: Maximilian HammAlessandro Calbucci and Marco Garavini (ITA)
CERVIA, ITALY: Day four brought even hotter weather and more beach tennis fans as the competition entered its final and most spectacular stages.
The day started with the women’s doubles semifinals with the last-standing foreign national Patricia Diaz of Venezuela and her Italian partner Natascia Sciolti losing to eighth seeded team of Giorgia Gadoni (ITA) and Camilla Ponti (ITA) to dictate the first finalist of this years’ tournament.
On centre court, the all Italian semifinal between Sofia Cimatti and Veronica Visani versus local favourite Arianna Carli and her teammate Flaminia Daina of Rome attracted a big crowd and they put on quite a spectacle in return for the support shown.
The match lasted three sets with the contest almost going to a tiebreak as the score was 6-5 to Cimatti and Visani but they made one final effort and managed to end the match 57 61 75 to decide the women’s doubles final composed of the third seeds against the eighth seeds in what has been a most unpredictable women’s doubles tournament.
Seeds one through four of the men’s doubles managed to make the semifinals and tensions were running high as the experienced team of Calbucci and Garavini of Italy faced Cramarossa (ITA) and Strano (ITA).
Both teams have been in exceptional form this tournament and the match was always going to be one to watch. However Calbucci and Garavini continued to show no weakness and won the match 63 64 to progress to the final without ever having had to play a third set, testament to the truly great form they are in.
The second men’s doubles final was held on centre court and the crowd favourites and second seeded team of Cappelletti and Carli of Italy faced the fourth seeds Matteo Marighella (ITA) and Luca Meliconi (ITA).
The match would prove to be the most intensely battled of the tournament, and the most followed by spectators, with it going to the third set and providing great emotions for all involved. Eventually the second seeded team showed what they were capable of and managed to seal their place in the final with a 57 63 75 win.
The men’s doubles final promises to be a match to be remembered as first and second seed face off to decide who will be the Men’s Doubles World Champion.
Mixed doubles also played both their semifinals and final today with both seeds one and two going out in the semifinals. Giulia Curzi (ITA) and Marco Garavini (ITA) losing to unseeded team of Camilla Ponti (ITA) and Luca Meliconi (ITA) 62 63. The final took place on centre court with Sofia Cimatti and Matteo Marighella of Italy proving too strong for Ponti and Meliconi, winning 63 61.
Speaking with Sofia Cimatti after her win she said: “It’s great to have been able to defend the mixed doubles title that I won in Burgas last year, it was a very physically demanding day having to play two semifinals and a final in a day but I am hoping I will be able to repeat my success tomorrow in the women’s doubles final.”
Consolation matches also took place today and managed to bring a smile to some athletes who had travelled a long way to participate. The women’s final was an international affair boasting a total of three nationalities: France represented by Marie Eve Hoarau and her teammate Mathilde Hoarau, Germany by Maraike Biglmaier and Austria by her teammate Marlena Metzinger. The French duo would prove too strong and won 61 64.
The men’s doubles consolation match boasted three Brazilians: Marcus Vinicius Ferreira and his teammate Thales Oliviera Santos against Vinicius Font (BRA) and France’s Regis Courtois. The match was entertaining and hard-fought but eventually the Brazilian team managed to win 75 63.
Speaking with Marcus Vinicius Ferreira of Brazil after he collected his first place prize for winning the consolation match, the only foreign national to walk away from this edition of the World Championship with some silverware. He said: “It’s good to win something, the consolation gives players a chance to prove themselves after an early exit. The level was extremely high this year and it was fantastic to beat the a World Team Champion and a fellow brazilian of the calibre of Vinicius Font.”
The prize giving ceremony then took place to reward the athletes who had won their respective tournaments and ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti was there to personally congratulate the players and hand them their trophies and medals.
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