Photo: Ray Giubilo2013 Von Cramm Cup Winners USA
POERTSCHACH, AUSTRIA & PROSTEJOV, CZECH REPUBLIC: USA has once again proven that they are the dominant nation in Super-Seniors team tennis by winning six out of 10 Cups on offer at the Super-Seniors World Team Championships.
In the Von Cramm Cup (M60), French captain Bruno Renoult, who has always lost to USA’s top player Larry Turville in the past, made a bold move not to play himself but to nominate Dominique Lemann and Alain Vaysset to play in the finals against USA. It nearly paid off, as Dominique Lemann created a surprise by defeating the tall American No. 1 in an epic three-set match.
Vaysset was 4-0 up in the third set against Fred Robinson in the first singles match of the day but then lost the set and the match 57 61 64. In the decisive doubles, the experienced pair of Anthony Dawson and Thomas Smith only faced real resistance in the first set, which they won in the tiebreak against Renoult and Vaysset, before cruising through to successfully defend their title. It is the fourth year in a row that the Von Cramm Cup is on its way to USA.
In the Alice Marble Cup (W60), the US ladies accomplished the same feat by successfully defending the title they won in Umag last year and making it also their fourth consecutive win. They destroyed the host nation's hopes of a victory on home ground. Maya Kerschbaum had defeated Kerry Young in the morning, but Maria Pichler was beaten by a supreme Tina Karwasky who then went on to also win the doubles together with Mary Ginnard.
The Britannia Cup (M65) saw Spain take on Switzerland in the final. The Spanish, who had lost to the US team in last year’s final, clinched the Cup after two singles victories from Jorge Camina Borda and Jairo Velasco. In the top match of the day, Petr Kolacek was shown his limits by Camina Borda. It is the first time that Spain have won the Britannia Cup.
In the Kitty Godfree Cup (W65), top seed France beat second seed USA 2-0 to retain the title it has held since 2011. Nicole Hesse Cazaux defeated Molly Hahn 62 61, before Gail Benedetti sealed a third consecutive title with a 61 64 victory over Brenda Carter. In the bronze medal tie Germany defeated Austria 2-1. Gudula Eisemann defeated Carol Campling 67(6) 64 62. Inge Kubina and Hanne Eckert then defeated Carol Campling and Kerin Tulloch in the decisive doubles match.
The Jack Crawford Cup (M70) was the second hope of the Austrian fans for victory but Peter Pokorny's team could not retain the title from 2012 and had to watch the US players lift the silver plate at the presentation ceremony. It was the extraordinary performance of Jimmy Parker that made the difference. He did not leave much of a chance to Pokorny in the singles and his precise volleys during the doubles with Fred Drilling gave the US the edge over the Austrians.
The Althea Gibson Cup (W70) saw victory for the British team. Team GB had beaten Germany the day before in the semifinal and their appetite for more was satisfied when Frances Maclennan sealed the title for Great Britain, denying USA of a seventh title . It is the first time since 2001 that there has been a British winner in the Althea Gibson Cup.
In the Bitsy Grant Cup (M75), USA claimed gold for a record sixth consecutive year. Captain Fred Farzanegan led Leo Sucker 60 3-0 when Sucker retired. Lester Sack then clinched the title with a 61 62 victory over Klaus Haas. In the bronze medal tie Australia defeated Czech Republic thanks to Ian King defeating Vladislav Vysocky 75 62 and Peter Froelich overcoming Frantisek Cech 63 63 to give Australia an unassailable 2-0 lead.
The Queens’ Cup was played-off as a round robin of the three best teams: USA, Great Britain and Germany. USA won both their group matches against Germany and Great Britain. Dorothy Matthiesen and Roz King were the main protagonists in the US success in defending their title here as well.
In the Gardnar Mulloy Cup (M80) USA were never in danger of losing the final against France. John Powless and George McCabe sealed victory after singles wins over Henri Crutchet and Thadee Polak respectively.
The only Cup yet to be finished is the Doris Hart Cup (W80) in Villach. The defending champions Canada are expecting a tough tie against third seeds Australia in tomorrow’s final.
Please click on the links below to view the results of the 10 Cups:
Von Cramm Cup (M60)
Jack Crawford Cup (M70)
Alice Marble Cup (W60)
Britannia Cup (M65)
Kitty Godfree Cup (W65)
Bitsy Grant Cup (M75)
Althea Gibson Cup (W70)
Queens' Cup (W75)
Gardnar Mulloy Cup (M80)
Doris Hart Cup (W80)