This morning saw the remaining two heats of Round 3 of the Mancora Peru Classic completed with Australian Amee Donohoe and Peruvian Sofia Mulanovich proving victorious in their respective matches.
The Quarterfinalists have now been decided at the Mancora Peru Classic, event No. 6 of 8 on the 2007 ASP Women’s World Tour, and event organizers have opted to hold off competition until tomorrow, when a projected swell increase is forecast to hit.
Former ASP Women’s World Champion Sofia Mulanovich netted the day’s high heat total of a 14.67 out of a possible 20 for her explosive backhand approach, and her Round 3 victory over French rookie Caroline Sarran sees the Peruvian icon into the Quarterfinals.
“It’s great to have everyone cheering when you’re in the water,” Mulanovich said. “Even though we ran early today, there were still many people that showed up and it makes everything very exciting.”
Currently rated No. 3 on the ASP Women’s World Tour, a result in Mancora could see Mulanovich edge closer to regaining the ASP Women’s World Title.
“Of course I would love to get back in the race for the World Title, but I’m just trying to take things heat by heat at the moment,” Mulanovich said. “I feel like I can do well here because of my experience, but all the girls are ripping. We will see what happens.”
Mulanovich will come up against Donohoe following the Australian’s closely-fought victory over compatriot Claire Bevilacqua in this morning’s Round 3 heat.
“I’ve got Sofia next and I was thinking about that in the surf,” Donohoe said. “It’s going to be an experience in itself with all the people and the whole vibe is going to be pretty crazy.”
With only seven heats remaining in competition, tomorrow could potentially see an inaugural Mancora Peru Classic Champion crowned by the end of the day.
Event organizers and competitors will convene at 7am tomorrow morning to assess conditions for a possible 7:30am start.
The LIVE webcast, event information, photos and videos will be available via www.aspworldtour.com
FUEL TV will air its full coverage of the 2007 Mancora Peru Classic on December 20, 2007 at 8pm PT/ET in their Surf Spot programming block.
ROUND 3 RESULTS: MANCORA PERU CLASSIC
Heat 7: Amee Donohoe (AUS) 13.44 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 13.03
Heat 8: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 14.67 def. Caroline Sarran (FRA) 10.26
QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS: MANCORA PERU CLASSIC
QF 1: Layne Beachley (AUS) vs. Chelsea Hedges (AUS)
QF 2: Rebecca Woods (AUS) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)
QF 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
QF 4: Amee Donohoe (AUS) vs. Sofia Mulanovich (PER)