Photo: Susan MullaneGreg Evans (AUS)
SAN DIEGO, USA: The Evans brothers continued their remarkable runs at the Seniors World Individual Championships in San Diego today, as both Greg and Michael took out seeds yet again to reach the semifinals and quarterfinals of their respective events. Greg beat Clemens Weinhandl (AUT), the sixth seed in the men’s 35 category, to set up a semifinal with fourth seed Roberto Menendez of Spain. In the other semifinal, 2009 champion Benjamin Budziak of Poland will play Great Britain’s Jason Barnett, the fifth seed who was impressive in defeating Jeff Thomsen (USA) 61 61.
In the 40 age category, Michael Evans was in devastating form as he beat eighth seed and 2010 world championships runner-up Jens-Christopher Bloemeke (GER) 60 63. Also into the last eight are top seed Taras Beyko (CAN), third seed Sebastian Jackson (GBR) and sixth seed Benoit Halle, who led the French team to victory in the Tony Trabert Cup last week.
One of the most eagerly anticipated clashes of the day took place in the men’s 45s, as 2001 world champion Jeff Greenwald (USA) took on top seed Manfred Hundstorfer (AUT), champion in 2008 and 2009. The early exchanges were close, but eventually Greenwald imposed his game and pulled away to emerge a 63 62 winner. Greenwald will play seventh seeded Canadian in the semis, while the bottom half of the draw features two Americans, ninth seed Martin Barba and Carl Clark, who beat Matthew Litsky and Gary Nadebaum respectively.
Another American caused one of the upsets of the day in the men’s 50 event, as 16th seed John Saviano knocked out top seed Karl Pansy (AUT). Saviano is joined in the last eight by fellow Americans Mike Fedderly and Val Wilder, seeded three and four respectively. Ninth seed Philippe Kahlouche (FRA) defeated former New Zealand Davis Cup player Kelly Evernden, while Australian Bruce Ferguson, seeded 13, beat second seed Vince Gray from Great Britain.
With top seed Glenn Busby (AUS) having to retire injured earlier in the competition, second seed and defending champion Dan Waldman (USA) has taken on the mantle of favourite in the men’s 55s, and he made his way into the last eight with a three-set victory over 16th seed Michel Galey (FRA) today. Waldman was joined in the quarters by another former champion, Belgium’s Pierre Godfroid, who had a straight sets win over Wayne Pascoe. Also through are Waldman’s fellow American Mark Vines, seeded eight, and Great Britain’s Paul French, the 11th seed. French beat former world champion Roger Guedes, seeded five, by the surprising score of 60 60.
Two former champions fared better in the women’s 35 event, as Spaniards Ana Salas and Noelia Perez eased their way into the semis with straight sets wins over Molly Carter and Nadine Kinzelmann respectively. Perez, seeded third, will take on second seed Patricia Zerdan (USA) in the last four, while Salas will play another American, Kelly Pace Wilson.
The seeds also remained on track in the women’s 45 event. Top seed Klaartje van Baarle (BEL) and second seed Lesley O’Halloran (IRL) both reached the semifinals with straight sets wins. Van Baarle will now play fifth seed Jo Louis (GBR) while O’Halloran takes on eighth seeded American Jennifer Dawson for a place in her first world championship final.
There were no shocks in the women’s 50s, although defending champion Fran Chandler (USA) came perilously close to defeat against fellow American Lena Matzenauer, eventually coming through 36 76 63. Chandler will play Great Britain’s Chris French in the last four, while in the bottom half of the draw second seed Ros Balodis will take on third seed Roslyn Nideffer after both had straight sets wins today.
The women’s 55s is the only age category to feature the top four seeds in the semis. Former champions Diane Barker and Patricia Medrado, seeded one and two respectively, both had straight sets wins to remain on course for a repeat of the 2010 final. They were joined in the last four by Barker’s fellow Americans Susan Wright and Carolyn Nichols, the third and fourth seeds.