20 Sep 2017

Quarterfinal line-ups decided in Sardinia

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Photo: Angelo MeloniKatharina Kruger (GER)

Antony Cotterill’s return to Alghero Tennis Club saw him follow up a decisive World Team Cup victory in May with a first round victory on Wednesday at the Sardinia Open, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

Cotterill partnered Andy Lapthorne to earn Great Britain a 2-1 victory over Israel in the quad final at the 2017 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Alghero and Cotterill extended his winning sequence in Sardinia with a 60 61 win over USA’s Marc McLean.

Cotterill, the 2014 runner-up in Sardinia, Tweeted “really pleased with that performance, best I've played in some time” ahead of playing local favourite and tournament director Alberto Corradi in the last eight. Corradi, the runner-up in 2015 and 2016, began his latest attempt to win his home tournament with a 76(8) 62 win over Germany’s Marcus Laudan.

Corradi is joined in the quarterfinals by fellow Italian Andrea Silvestrone, who fought back against his and Corradi’s more experienced countryman Antonio Raffaele for a 26 62 61 win that sees Silvestrone advance to a meeting with former champion Shraga Weinberg, the player that denied Cotterill of the title in 2014.

Weinberg beat third seed and 2015 champion Erenlib 64 61 in their all-Israel first round contest after the two players had each won previous quarterfinal and semifinal matches against each other in Sardinia.

While Marcus Laudan bowed out, his twin brother Max was part of double German success in the quad singles, coming back from the verge of defeat to beat Swede’s Anders Hard 46 76(4) 62. Laudan extended his sequence of wins on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour to six after winning the Austrian Open title in August. He plays second seed Lucas Sithole for a place in the semifinals after Sithole’s 60 62 win over Canada’s Mika Ishikawa.

Nick Nobbe added to the German success in another three-set contest, defeating Petter Edstrom of Sweden 63 46 64. Nobbe will now be the first opponent in Sardinia for top seed David Wagner as the American world No. 1 prepares to play his first match since winning his third US Open title two weeks ago in New York.

Diamantis joins top seeds in men’s quarterfinals

Only two of the eight men’s singles quarterfinalists dropped more than two games in their last 16 matches  

Evans Maripa beat former champion Martin Legner 62 62 and will now face top seed Stephane Houdet. World No. 2 Houdet eased raced past fellow Frenchman Geoffroy Schivi 60 60, with third seed Stefan Olsson, fourth seed Joachim Gerard, fifth seed Takashi Sanada and seventh seed Nico Langmann all dropping just one game each.

Second seed Nico Peifer beat Poland’s Kamil Fabisiak 60 62 to book a quarterfinal against Langmann, with Gerard to play Sanada and Olsson to face Stefanos Diamatis of Greece. After eliminating eighth seed Tadeusz Kruszelnicki, Diamantis led Italy’s Mario Cabras 3-1 before Cabras retired from their second round contest.  

Kruger and Famin power into women’s last eight

The quarterfinal line-up in the women’s singles was completed as German top seed Katharina Kruger and second seed Charlotte Famin dropped just one game apiece. Kruger beat Italy’s Anna Maria Bertola 61 60 and goes on to play Rebecka Sternisa Bellander of Sweden.

Meanwhile, Famin defeated Denmark’s Malene Olesen 61 60 and is already the first semfinalist after the withdrawal of her scheduled last eight opponent, Karin Suter.