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Curmi and Genovese reach historic semi-final at Mediterranean Games

Maltese tennis duo Francesca Curmi and Elaine Genovese produced an astonishing fightback in the second set to book their place into the semi-finals of the women’s doubles competition at the Mediterranean Games in Oran.

The result was an historic achievement for Maltese tennis as never in the history of the Games a Maltese doubles team had reached the semi-final stage.

Curmi and Genovese were up against Moroccan duo Aya El Aouni and Yasmine Kabaj and the Maltese duo managed to edge out the first set 7-6 after winning the tie break 7-1.

But in the second set, it looked as though the Moroccan pair were set to force a decider when they raced to a commanding 5-1 lead.

But Curmi and Genovese dug deep and managed to claw themselves back into the match and force a second tie-break.

Here, the Maltese duo stepped up their momentum to win the tie-break 7-5 and proceed to the semi-finals.

The Maltese duo have another tough test coming up on Wednesday when they are up against Italian top seeds Nuria Brancaccio and Aurora Zantetedeschi of Italy.

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