SAN DIEGO, USA: After eight days of play, the Seniors World Individual Championships drew to a close with the remaining champions being crowned today at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. A total of 739 players took part from 46 countries competing for 25 titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
After a disappointing haul of only one cup in last week's Team Championships American players dominated the final stages of the individual championships.
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Men’s 35 Singles
Roberto Menendez-Ferre (ESP) took the title with a win over 2009 world champion Beniamin Budziak (POL). After progressing to the final without dropping a set, Menendez was to continue the same form in the final to take the title 63 75.
Men's 35 Doubles
Australian brothers Greg and Michael R. Evans provided some great tennis in the Men's Doubles 35s. On their way to the final the brothers caused a majot upset by defeating the top seeds in the first round and they were able to take the title against Tapio Nurminen and Ilkka Riikonen (FIN) 46 64 63.
Men’s 40 Singles
After disappointment in the Team Championships, Jeff Tarango (USA) was to take this title for the first time against unseeded Marcus Hilpert (NED). Tarango took the first set 63 but was to lose the second 36, setting up a great deciding set on the show court. After taking a lead of 5-2 in the third, he was to see Hilpert produce some great tennis to level the score to 5-5. Tarango was to produce some great tennis of his own and took the next 2 games to win the title.
Men's 40 Doubles
An exciting final was expected after both top seeds progressed to the final. The number one seeds, American pair of Ellis Ferreira and Roger Mills had progressed to the final with some very tight matches on the way. In contrast second seeds Mickey Maule and Roger Mills had reached the final without dropping a set. Maule and Mills were the stronger pair and took the title with a 61 57 75 win.
Men’s 45 Singles
Jeff Greenwald (USA) beat Carl Clark (USA) 61 64 to claim his second world title 11 years after winning his first in 2001.
Men's 45 Doubles
The Men's 45's Doubles final was between number seven and eight seeds. Number seven seeds Brian Cory and Arthur Hernandez (USA) were to beat the number one seeds on the way to the final and set up another all American affair against John Letts and Bruce Man-Son-Hing. Letts and Man-Son-Hing were to take this title in their first world championships 62 64.
Men’s 50 Singles
The final of the Men's 50 singles saw number three seed Mike Fedderly (USA) take on number four seed and doubles partner Val Wilder (USA). This was a repeat of the 2004 World Championship final. As predicted this was a very tight affair with Fedderly taking the first 64 and Wilder drawing level in the second taking the set 63. The third set was equally close and saw Val Wilder win it on a tie-break and add the title to his previous three Championship singles titles.
Men's 50 Doubles
This was the last final to take place in the world championships. After playing their singles earlier in the day, top seeds Mike Fedderly and Val Wilder were to take on Ross Hessler and Jon S. Tyrell. Fedderly was out to win this title after finishing runner up to his partner earlier in the day and wanted to add to his previous eight doubles titles. After a very tight first set, Hessler and Tyrell took the lead with a score of 63. Wilder and Fedderly however remained determined to add another medal to their earlier ones, achieving this by taking the next two sets 75 63.
Men’s 55 Singles
The final of the Men's 55 singles saw American Mark Vines take on Paul French from Great Britain. Vines had had a perfect run to the final with the loss of only 5 games in 12 sets. Although French was to play some fantastic tennis, he was unable to prevent Vines from winning his first singles championship gold after taking the title with an impressive 61 62 win.
Men's 55 Doubles
One of the highlights of the day saw tournament director Bill Kellogg and his partner John Holladay take on Dan Waldman and Ross Persons. Attracting a bigger and louder crowd than other finals, a hard fought match was to be decided by a third set after Waldman and Pearson had taken the first set 62 to then lose the next with the same score. In the third Waldman and Pearson had the ideal start with an early break, only for Bill and his partner to break back quickly. However they were unable to beat the number seven seeds with Waldman, reigning 2010 men’s 50's Doubles champion and Pearson breaking their opponents serve again to seal the title.
Women’s 35 Singles
The 35 age category in this competition was to be an all Spanish affair after 2008 world champion Noelia Perez added the 2012 title to her collection as her fellow countryman had already done in the men’s 35s. Perez took the title after beating Kelly Pace Wilson (USA) 64 63.
Women’s 35 Doubles
Number three seeds Cammy Macgregor and Debbie Spence-Nasim faced number four seeds Rhona Kaczmarczyk and Molly Carter in an all american final. Macgregor and Spence-Nasim were to show their quality in the match to take the title for the first time with a 61 61 win.
Women’s 40 Singles
The women’s 40s title was to go to first-time winner, Australian Jurate Hardy. Number three seed Hardy was to cause an upset in the final after taking the crown with an impressive win 60 62 over the number two seed Isabelle Tyrell (GBR)
Women’s 40 Doubles
After both teams caused an upset on the way to the final with wins over the top two seeds, Americans Deborah Y. Higa and Jami Jones were to take the title in two sets 63 76(1) against fellow countrywomen Jennifer Lyons and Julie Shapiro.
Women’s 45 Singles
Jennifer Dawson (AUS) was to not only cause an upset after beating top seed and current world number one Belgium’s Klaartje Van Baarle, but she was also to win her first world individual singles title. After a tough three set match in her first round, Dawson then progressed to the final with comfortable wins. Her opponent Van Baarle had reached the final with the loss of seven games in eight sets. Dawson however was to prove to be too strong and took the title 64 63.
Women’s 45 Doubles
Rosalyn Nideffer was looking to add the women’s 45's doubles title to her singles title win earlier in the day with partner Gretchen Magers. She was unable to do this after meeting number one seeds Alissa Finerman and Erika Smith who took the title 64 62.
Women’s 50 Singles
The final of the Women’s 50's was an all American affair. Fourth seed Fran Chandler was looking to add the women’s 50s title to her previous women’s 45s title in 2010. She was to meet third seed and former Wimbledon quarter finalist Rosalyn Nideffer who was looking to win her first world championship singles title. After 2 very competitive sets, Nideffer was to take the title 63 75.
Women’s 50 Doubles
After her recent success in the team championship, Ros Balodis was to have the opportunity to add another title to her 2012 achievement as well as adding to her 2008 doubles title. She was to partner Leanne Swaysland and they were to meet Australian Brenda Foster and British Christine French in the final. After losing the first set 64, Balodis and Swaysland were to take the next two sets to take the title 75 60.
Women’s 50 Singles
Former world number one and top seed Diane Barker progressed to the final without dropping a set. She faced strong opposition in Brazilian Patricia Medrano, a singles title winner in 2009 but Barker proved too strong and took the title in two straight sets 63 61
Women’s 55 Doubles
The women’s 55 doubles saw favourite Susan Wright, who reached the number one ranking in 2007 partner Kathy May Fritz take on Mary Ginnard and Tina Karwasky in an all American final. Ginnard was also looking to go one step further than in Mexico in 2010 when she was a losing finalist but Wright and Fritz were too strong and took the title 61 61.
35 Mixed Doubles
Maria Bergenheim (EST) and Thassilo Haun (GER) were to take the title in this age group after beating Amy Alcini (USA) and Jospeh Lizardo (PHI) in two straight sets 64 64.
40 Mixed Doubles
After losing the final of the women’s doubles Gretchen Magers (USA) was hoping to go one step further with her partner Jeff Tarango (USA) in the mixed doubles against Tracie Currie (USA) and her partner Rick Leach (USA). Magers and Tarango made the perfect start taking the first set convincingly 61. There were however to lose the next 46. Ahead in the match tiebreak, they were unable to stop Currie and Leach taking the title after putting together a number of consecutive points to take the match tiebreak 10-7.
45 Mixed Doubles
After helping Ireland win their first ever Team Cup, Lesley O'Halloran was hoping to add the mixed doubles title with partner Bart Theelen (NED) to her collection. Debbie Spence-Nasim (USA) was also hoping to add the mixed doubles to her women’s doubles title with partner Steve Dawson (USA). Once again, a big crowd was treated to some excellent tennis with both teams having opportunities. After splitting the first two sets 26 64, Spence-Nasim and Dawson were to take their opportunities to take the third set and title 10-8
50 Mixed Doubles
After beating the number one seeds in the first round, Felicity Oxnevad (NZL) and Peter Hampton (NZL) progressed to the final to set up a match against Brenda Foster and Chris Hearn. Hearn and Foster had progressed to the final without losing a set and continued this fine form in the final to take the title 64 64
55 Mixed Doubles
The Mixed Doubles 55s final saw locals Angel Lopez (USA) and his partner Robin Harris (USA) take on Joanne Russell (USA) and Ross Person (USA). To the crowds pleasure Lopez and Harris were to take the title after a very competitive match 63 64.