Photo: Ray GiubiloGail Benedetti (FRA)
UMAG, CROATIA: The 2012 Super-Seniors World Individual Championships continued today in Umag with many top seeds beginning their campaigns. Matches are taking place across four venues including the ATP Stadium in Umag. In the Men’s 65 singles, top seed and hot favourite for the title Jorge Camina-Borda began his campaign on the ATP Stadium court in Umag. It is Camina’s first year in the Men’s 65 category and he wasted little time in dispatching Manfred Hoffmann (GER) 60 63 in the first round. The Spaniard won the Men’s 60 world title last year and it is hard to see anyone stopping him claiming a second title in a row.
Elsewhere in the Men’s events the Men’s Singles 75 began with victories for all of the top four seeds. Particularly impressive was fourth seeded Lester Sack (USA) who beat Camille Dezernauds (AUS) 60 60. Sack, helped the USA to win the tea championships in this age category last month and is now hoping for individual glory.
In the Women’s 65 singles the clear favourite for the title is top seed Gail Benedetti from France. A former French Open doubles champion, Benedetti is now enjoying success in Seniors competition and will be looking to defend the title she won in Antalya last year. She began her campaign with a 60 60 victory over Jan Johns from Australia. Her stiffest competition may come from second seed Petro Kruger. The South African has already won six ITF Senior Circuit events this year and is currently number six the world rankings. Her assault on the title began with a 61 61 victory over Kati Patterson (AUS).
The oldest women’s age category, 80, began today with all but the top two seeds playing their first round singles matches. Among the competitors was 91 year old Helene Salvetat from France who is the oldest competitor in the championships. Elsewhere in this age category unseeded Jean Murray from New Zealand caused an upset by beating fourth seed Betty Howard from Great Britain in the first round. The match was tied at one set all when the Howard was forced to retire.
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