The Algarve duo consisting of Isabel Pinto and Nuno Delfino qualified yesterday for the +50 mixed pair semi-finals of the 39th World Veterans Championship, which runs until Saturday.
On Thursday, the Portuguese pair surpassed the 13th-seed formation, made up of Germany's Kerstin Peick and Italy's Mauro Capocchi, 6-4 6-3.
The two veteran tennis players are making their debut in World Championships. “We are both from Faro, we are friends, we have empathy and this helps to create a good mood in the countryside. We usually train together with Isabel's husband, Vitor, I know Isabel's game well and she gets to know mine slowly, ”said Delfino.
The Algarve duo had already left the way, in the second round, the first heads of the series, the Italian Monica Giamberini and the Brazilian Eurico Carvalho.
“This is the first time this has happened to me, playing a World Cup and being in the semi-finals, but I feel cool with some coldness,” said Isabel Pinto.
“Of course we can dream, but as I said to Isabel a moment ago, we have to go on a date. There is no need to create added pressures. You have to play the semi-final of the World Cup as if it were from any other tournament, ”said the player, who in singles went to the round of 16.
The semi-final of the Portuguese mixed-pair duo is scheduled for today, Friday, at the central court of the National Stadium, never before 15:00, against Argentines Monica Patron and Roberto Gattiker.