Photo: Ray GiubiloCharleen Hillebrand (USA)
KLAGENFURT, POERTSCHACH and VILLACH, AUSTRIA: Rain disrupted the start of the matches on Tuesday in all three cities of the Super-Seniors World Individual Championships. After a night of nearly uninterrupted rain the groundsmen did miracles to get the clay courts back into shape by midday.
Play in Pörtschach started on three courts just after midday and the first match played on court 10 saw the biggest upset of the day taking place when Charleen Hillebrand (USA) defeated top seed and defending champion Heide Orth (GER) in less than one hour. This opens up the top quarter of the draw for the American until a potential quarterfinals clash with Frances Maclennan (GBR). The British player, who has played remarkably well in last week’s event, continued to underline her role as now favourite of for the Individual title by easily defeating Jeannette Garnier from France. Second seed Donna Fales from USA as well as third seed Michele Bichon (FRA), who celebrated her 70th birthday yesterday, also moved on comfortably to the next round.
The singles of the men’s 60 age group followed next in Pörtschach with another day of easy wins for Andrew Rae (AUS), Bruno Renoult (GBR), Wayne Cowley (AUS) and Roger Guedes (BRA).
In the men’s 70 age group, a similar scenario happened as Peter Pokorny (AUT) did not drop a game in his match against Marcello de Michelis from Italy. Second seed Jimmy Parker won in one of the last matches of the day at the Werzer Club.
In Villach, play started at 9:00 in the morning on the three indoor clay courts belonging to the Sportpark Wambad complex. In the men’s 75 singles the top seeded Klaus Haas started his campaign with a straight set victory over the Polish Wladyslaw Kucmierczyk. Frantisek Czech, defending champion from last year, defeated Tony McBride (GBR) in straight sets. King van Nostrand, last year’s runner-up and part of the winning Bitsy Grant Cup team that won last week in Prostejov, did not have to play today because his opponent Silvio Linzbauer (GER) pulled out because of injury. Van Nostrand’s teammate, Fred Farzanegan proved with his victory over Pekka Olkkonen from Finland, that he was a hot contender for the title too.
World Number 1 and top seed Elisabeth van Boemmel (GER) won her first match in the women’s 75 singles in straight sets against Alma A’Court (GBR). Second seed and defending champion from last year, Inge Weber (CAN), followed suit and defeated the French Monique Bobillier (FRA) 63 62.
There was no play in the men’s 80 and 85 singles today as well as the women’s 80 and 85.
In Klagenfurt, the women’s 60 matches of the day were all cancelled due to the weather. As soon as the courts were ready for play, the women’s 65 matches got underway. Top seed and defending champion Gail Benedetti (FRA) cruised through her opening match against Margaret Harris (AUS). Benedetti’s fellow countrywoman Sylvie Galfard-Kirsten, who was runner-up of last year’s championships, defeated Carol Clay from USA in two sets. The bottom quarter of the draw now looks set for an interesting possible quarterfinal between Galfard Kirsten and South African Petro Kruger, who defeated Eleonora Adamcova (SVK).
The men’s 65 were the next age group to play their round of singles in Klagenfurt. Both top seed Peter Adrigan (GER) as well as Jorge Camina Borda (ESP) did not drop a set in today’s matches.
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