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Ziying Wang and Sarah Calati to meet in women’s singles final at Perry NZ Wheelchair Tennis Open

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Natalia Mayara

Natalia Mayara. Image credit: ITF Tennis.

Earlier today, China’s Ziying Wang defeated the first seeded Brazilian Natalia Mayara 6 – 1 and 6 – 1 to book her place in the final at the Perry NZ Wheelchair Tennis Open in the Auckland suburb of Albany.  Second seeded Australian wheelchair tennis player Sarah Calati beat fellow Australian and 2012 Summer Paralympian Janel Manns  6 – 1 and 6 – 2 to book her own place. 



Wang’s victory over 27th ranked Mayara comes as a bit of a surprise as she is a relative unknown who is currently not internationally ranked.  Her best ever international ranking was 125th, a position she achieved in September 2012.  How she will perform against world number 36 Calati is anyone’s guess as the two have never met before.


If Calati wins, it will be a great way to start the new year as last year she finished third in this event.   Her other best finishes include a third place finish at the 2014 Slovakia Open, and a third place finish at the SMP CZ Czech Open, a first place finish at Sri Lanka’s SSC Open in March of last year, a first place finish at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Asian Qualification in March of last year, and another first place finish at the Sri Lanka Open. The 28 year old has been playing competitively since 2010, when she made her debut at the October Victorian Wheelchair Open.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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