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Injured Jeff into quarters

By Mark Etheridge

Injury couldn’t stop our doubles specialist Jeff Coetzee from moving into the quarter-finals of an ATP Challenger event in Italy this week.

Coetzee has now teamed up with Poland’s Mateusz Kowalczyk after recently parting ways with Britain’s Jamie Murray.

In Monday’s first round of the Internazionali Tennis Val Gardena Sud Tirol in Ortisei the pair not only survived the first round despite Coetzee’s injury, but they beat the tournament’s fourth seeds in the process.

The fourth seeds were American Brian Battistone and Sweden’s Andreas Siljestrom and Coetzee and Kowalczyk went through in a tough three-setter, 3-6 6-3 10-6.

“I hurt my knee last week so it wasn’t good news,” said Coetzee on Tusday. “But the good thing is that we still managed to squeeze a win against a seeded combination. Tuesday we have a rest and it’s back ‘to work’ on Wednesday. I just hop the swelling goes down!”

It’s normally troublesome hamstrings that hold up Coetzee but the Cape Town based player will be trying to keep that out of his mind as he and Kowalczyk take on the all-Austrian combination of Stefan Koubek and Alexander Peya in the quarter-finals.