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.