21 Aug 2013

Trofeo della Mole begins

Match Report

Photo: Giovanni MinozziDaniel Caverzaschi (ESP)

There were mixed fortunes for the Swiss players on Tuesday’s first day of play in the men’s singles at the Trofeo della Mole, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, with Thomas von Daeniken and Daniel Pellegrina involved in two of the three three set matches on the opening day in Turin.

Von Daeniken made a solid start to his first round match against Morocco’s Ahmed Jeddi, but Jeddi fought back to defeat his higher ranked opponent 46 62 63 to set up a contest against last week’s Wroclaw Cup champion Adam Kellerman of Australia.

While Kellerman won the first ITF 2 Series men’s singles title of his career in Poland at the weekend, Daniel Caverzaschi also collected a winner’s trophy after being victorious in the men’s doubles at the Ath Open in Belgium. The Spaniard made a good start to his men’s singles campaign in Turin, beating Switzerland’s Herbert Keller 62 63.

However, there was better news for Swiss supporters, thanks to Daniel Pellegrina. While von Daeniken came unstuck to a lower ranked player, Pellegrina narrowly avoided a similar loss after edging past Austrian junior Nico Langmann 76 36 75.

Pellegrina will now face a second Austrian opponent in Martin Legner when the seeded players begin their challenges, with Legner drawn for a possible second quarterfinal meeting with Britain’s David Phillipson in successive weeks.

While there were mixed fortunes for the three Swiss players in the top half of the men’s draw, there were also mixed results for the three French players in action in the bottom half of the draw. Sebastien Husser provided the highlight for French prospects, coming from a set down to beat Korea Republic’s Ji-Hwan Lee 36 63 61.

David Dalmasso also beat Korean opposition to join Husser in the last 16, but Fabian Mazzei ended the French success, while also giving the home Italian fans something to cheer when he defeated Lahcen Majdi 62 61. Mazzei will face French second seed Frederic Cattaneo in the second round.

Sevenans makes winning return in women’s first round

After calling time on her full-time tennis career in November 2012, Belgium’s former world No. 5 Annick Sevenans made a successful return to competition in the women’s singles first round in Turin.

While world No. 1 Sabine Ellerbrock had a bye into the second round, fourth seed Sevenans beat Italy’s Monica Quassinti 62 60 as the seven first round matches all ended in comfortable straight sets wins.

Just one game was dropped in the three matches in the top half of the draw, Stefania Galletti defeating Switzerland’s Annabelle Ribeaud 60 61 to join her fellow Italian and third seed Marianna Lauro and Japan’s Kanako Domori in the quarterfinals, where Domori will play top seed Ellerbrock.

There are two Korean players in the two quarterfinals in the bottom half of the draw, with Myung-Hee Hwang set to face Sevenans after beating Emilie Chene of France 61 63.

Meanwhile, Denmark’s Louise Willersely Olsen secured one of the most notable wins of her career as she beat Pathy Mortier of Belgium to set up a quarterfinal against Wroclaw Cup champion and second seed Ju-Yeon Park.

Trofeo della Mole Latest Draws

Order of Play - Wednesday, 22 August 2013