21 Sep 2017

Laudan upsets Sithole in Sardinia

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Photo: Angelo MeloniMaximillian Laudan (GER)

Maximillian Laudan booked his place in his first ITF 1 Series quad singles semifinal when the 25-year-old German secured arguably the most outstanding result so far at the 18th Sardinia Open, part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, with victory over former US Open champion Lucas Sithole.

Laudan’s first ever meeting with world No. 3 Sithole could hardly have produced a more thrilling contest as Laudan advanced 36 64 76(4) to maintain his hopes of following up on his latest ITF 2 Series title at last month’s Austrian Open.

He meets 2014 Sardinia Open champion Shraga Weinberg second on court on Friday’s penultimate day of play after Weinberg contributed to ending the home Italian challenge with a 76(4) 61 win over Andrea Silvestrone.

Meanwhile, local favourite Alberto Corradi’s hopes of reaching a third successive Sardinia Open final came to an end against fourth seed Antony Cotterill. Cotterill booked his place in the last four against world No.1 David Wagner after beating Corradi 63 63. Cotterill now leads Corradi 2-1 in their three head-to-heads in Sardinia since 2014.

With Laudan upsetting Sithole, Wagner ensured that there would not be another German player in the last four when he secured a comfortable 62 60 victory over Nick Nobbe.

Men’s semifinals set for first tournament live stream

The last two days of the 2017 Sardinia Open will be shown on live stream, starting with Friday’s men’s singles and doubles semifinals.

In more than 30 career head-to-heads Nicolas Peifer and Joachim Gerard, both men’s singles former champions in Alghero, have never met in the Sardinia Open semifinals. However, that changes on Friday when they go head-to-head after second seed Peifer defeated Austria’s Nico Langmann 62 62 and Gerard won the big points to edge out Takashi Sanada of Japan 64 64.

On the other hand, Stephane Houdet and Stefan Olsson have met three times previously in Sardinia, most recently in the 2016 final, a contest that Houdet won 63 64. Houdet also beat Olsson in the 2008 and 2015 semifinals and the French world No. 2 continues his title defence after defeating South Africa’s Evans Maripa 63 61.

Olsson will attempt to gain his first win over Houdet at the ITF 1 Series event after ending the challenge of the unseeded Stefanos Diamantis of Greece 62 60.

Willerslev-Olsen into first ITF 1 Series women’s semifinal

With just one ITF 2 Series semifinal and one ITF 3 Series semifinal behind her, fifth seed Louise Willerslev-Olsen reached her first ITF 1 Series women’s singles semifinal after defeating Swiss fourth seed Gabriela Buehler 60 62.

Thirty two-year-old Willerslev-Olsen plays top seed Katharina Kruger in the last four after Kruger added to the day’s German player success with her 62 61 win over Sweden’s Rebecka Sternisa Bellander 62 61.

The day’s most comprehensive quarterfinal victory belonged to third seed Viktoriia Lvova of Russia, who powered past Italy’s Monica Quassinti 60 60. Lvova’s win sets up an intriguing semifinal against French second seed Charlotte Famin following Famin’s walkover ahead of her quarterfinal against Karin Suter. 

Friday and Saturday's Sardinia Open Live Streams are available at http://www.media-live.it.