Photo: Trofeo della MoleSarah Calati (AUS)
Australia’s Sarah Calati reached her third ITF 2 Series quarterfinal of 2014 on the second day of the 12th Trofeo della Mole, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, when she beat French seventh seed Christine Schoenn in Turin.
It’s been a landmark season for 27-year-old Calati, who won the first two women’s singles titles of her career with back-to-back ITF Futures Series victories in Sri Lanka in March, the same month that she reached her career best ranking of No. 31.
Injured in a motorcycle accident in 2006, which resulted in her having to having her right leg amputated through the knee, Calati took up wheelchair tennis in 2009 and is currently the No. 2 ranked Australian women’s player behind Janel Manns. She upset Schoenn’s birthday celebrations as well as the seeding with a 61 63 victory in Turin that sets up a quarterfinal against Italian fourth seed Marianna Lauro.
Despite Schoenn’s loss there will be two Frenchwomen in the last eight after Emmanuelle Morch and Pauline Helouin were among the remaining seven seeds who all enjoyed straight sets victories. Second seed Lucy Shuker and third seed Emmy Kaiser both advanced to quarterfinals against Morch and Helouin after 60 60 victories. Dutch top seed and world No.6 Marjolein Buis and Spain’s Lola Ochoa will contest the other quarterfinal.
Legner fends of Mazzei challenge
The home challenge came to an end in the second round of the men’s singles as the seeded players again launched their campaigns, with sixth seed Martin Legner coming through the day’s only three set contest.
On paper the second round match between Legner and Italy’s Fabian Mazzei look to be one of the most eye-catching encounters and so it proved, with Legner eventually prevailing 46 61 63 to set up a quarterfinal against Australian third seed Adam Kellerman.
Top seed and defending champion Joachim Gerard of Belgium and Dutch second seed Maikel Scheffers got their tournament underway with 60 60 victories, while two British players advanced at the expense of two former world No. 1 ranked players as fourth seed David Phillipson defeated Dutchman Ricky Molier 63 63.
World No. 1 ranked junior and fifth seed Alfie Hewett ended the challenge of another former ITF World Champion, Frenchman Laurent Giammartini 63 64. Hewett will now play Scheffers just five days after the two players teamed up to win the men’s doubles at last week’s Austrian Open. French seventh seed David Dalmasso and eighth seed Lahcen Majdi complete the quarterfinal line-up in Turin, with Dalmasso set to play Gerard and Majdi to face Phillipson.
Trofeo della Mole draws
Order of Play - Thursday, 7 August 2014