16 Sep 2012

Success for Austria and USA in Novigrad

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Photo: Ray Giubilo2012 Austrian Men's 70 Jack Crawford Cup Team

UMAG AND NOVIGRAD, CROATIA: The remaining two cups in the Super-Seniors World Team Championships were decided on Sunday with Austria winning the Men’s 70 Jack Crawford Cup and USA claiming the Women’s Queens’ Cup. Held over due to the bad weather earlier in the week, the two finals were played in front of a number of spectators in Novigrad.

In the Men’s 70’s top seeds Austria went into the final against fourth seeds Italy as favourites having not lost a single rubber during the week. The Italians, who won this title last year, got off to the perfect start with Giorgio Rohrich defeating Herbert Petter to give them a 1-0 lead. The Austrians however had Peter Pokorny, a 15-time world individual champion as their No. 1 and he levelled the tie before teaming up with Hans Gradischnig to win the doubles and clinch the title.

After their six cup triumphs on Saturday, USA needed to win the Queens’ Cup to equal their haul of seven titles at the 2011 championships. The Americans had won this age category for the previous two years and were top seeds again this time. They faced third seeds Germany in the final and a battling performance from Dorothy Matthiessen, who defeated Brigitte Jung in three tight sets, sealed the win and the USA’s seventh cup overall.

The other eight cups were decided on saturday with France and Canada successfully defending their titles in the Women's 65 Kitty Godfree Cup and Women's 80 Doris Hart cup respectively. All other trophies decided on saturday were won by the USA with Larry Turville leading the Men's 60 Von Cramm Cup team to it's third successive title.Another stand out performance from the Americans was in the Women's 70 Althea Gibson Cup, where they do bit lose a single rubber all week on their way to the title.

The World Individual Championships got underway in Umag on Sunday with players in singles and mixed doubles action across a number of different age categories. The day ended with the official Opening Ceremony on Centre Court. Participants from nations all over the globe marched onto the court with their nation’s flag before enjoying a welcome cocktail in the evening sunshine. Action in the individual championships begins in earnest on Monday with a number of top seeds beginning their campaigns for glory.

For full results, draws and order of play please click the link at the bottom of the page.