The opponents’ withdrawals were the protagonists for Brazil this Thursday (25). Thiago Wild, Gabriel Décamps and the duo formed by Rafael Matos/Orlando Luz did not need to win two sets or even enter the court to advance. The most benefited were those competing in the Challenger in Brasília, in the federal capital.
Only Brazilian representative in the simple key, the paranaense Thiago Wild 7th and 132nd seed in the world is in the quarterfinals. Today, the Brazilian beat the Spaniard Nicolas Alvarez Varona (361st), in 2 sets to 1, partial 7/6(4) 5/7 3/2 ret.
“I expected a very tough game. Although I’ve never played against him, I’ve known him for a long time and I know he’s a great player,” said Wild. Varona withdrew from the match feeling pain in his left leg when the clock already showed 2:40 am.
In the quarterfinals, this Friday, the native of Paraná will face for the second time in his career the Spaniard Jaume Munar, 84th and second favorite for the title, who beat Argentine Santiago Rodriguez Taverna, by 4/6 6/2 6/ 1.
“We had a well-fought game in Montevideo (2019), I ended up losing, but today I feel more mature than at that time and I believe it will be another good game”, analyzed Wild.
Among the favourites, in addition to Wild and Munar, Argentines Federico Coria and Francisco Cerundolo, heads 1 and 4 respectively, are also in the quarter-finals.
semi green and yellow
Main favorites for the doubles title, Orlando Luz and Rafael Matos, from Rio Grande do Sul, didn’t even need to enter the court to advance to the semifinals, as the partnership formed by Spaniard Nicolas Alvarez Varona and Argentine Facundo Diaz Acosta withdrew from the match.
With that, one of the semifinals will be 100% Brazilian this Friday (26), which already guarantees a national double in the final. The gauchos face Mateus Alves and Gustavo Heide from São Paulo, who in the quarterfinals passed Argentine Juan Pablo Ficovich and Matias Zukas.
ITF of Monastir
Another Brazilian to have a withdrawal this Thursday was Gabriel Décamps, who works for the ITF M15 in Monastir, Tunisia. He didn’t even have to go on court to face Serbia’s Marko Topo in the round of 16. The 723th in the ranking plays this Friday against the Spaniard Adria Soriano Barrera, 925th.
Carolina Meligeni from São Paulo continues her trajectory in the dispute of the ITF in Brasília, both in singles and doubles.
For the individual tournament, the Brazilian and Serbian Katarina Jokic in three sets and advanced for the first time in her career to the quarterfinals of an ITF W60. The next appointment is this Friday, when he faces Paraguayan Veronica Cepede, (205th) and the current number 1 in Paraguay. The tournament takes place simultaneously with the ATP Challenger 80 at the Iate Clube de Brasília.
The only Brazilian who continues in the singles bracket, Carol Meligeni (250th in the WTA) had a bout of ups and downs against Jokic (813th). After a very balanced first set, which ended 7-5 in favor of the Brazilian, the European team dominated the second half and closed it 6-0. ending the duel in 2h34min.
“It was a tough game, but I’m very happy, mainly because it’s the first time I reach the quarterfinals of a W60 tournament.”, analyzed Carol Meligeni.
three in the doubles semi
Later, in doubles, Carol joined Argentine Maria Lourdes Carle and again won. By the quarterfinals, the partnership passed easily by the Brazilian Sofia Mendonça and Júlia Klimovcz by 2 sets to 0 after double 6/1. Meligeni
Also in doubles, Ingrid Gamarra and Thaísa Pedretti beat Nathaly Kurata and German Emily Welker by 2 sets to 0, with partials 6/3 and 6/4, 5/7 and 10-8 and advanced to the quarterfinals.
The three Brazilians are in opposite keys in the tournament. In the semifinals, Carol and Maria Lourdes now face seed number 4 Dasha Ivanova (USA) and Gabriela Lee (Romania). Ingrid and Thaísa take on Valeriya Strakhova (Ukraine) and Olivia Tjandramulia (Australia)