Photo: Ray GiubiloZdenek Suchomel (CZE)
KLAGENFURT, POERTSCHACH and VILLACH, AUSTRIA: Last night’s gala dinner that took place at the Werzer Hotel for all three venues was a huge success. The players enjoyed the buffet and danced to the music of the Austrian band. One of the highlights was the birthday celebration of the oldest competitor, Helene Salvetat from France, who was presented a cake for her 92nd birthday last week.
The attention reverted to play this morning with the round of 16 being played in all Singles events in Pörtschach. In the men’s 60, the seed order was respected in all matches of the day, so that all eight top seeds are through to the quarterfinals. Top seed Andrew Rae (AUS) will face the Austrian Harald Hellmondseder tomorrow. The match between Roger Guedes (BRA) and Radovan Cizek (CZE) promises a close fight. In the bottom half of the draw, third seed Wayne Cowley (AUS) will face Albert Grimm, the second Austrian still in the draw and second seed Bruno Renoult (FRA) the last American in the group, Fred Robinson.
It was plain sailing for the first four seed in the men’s 70 singles with Peter Pokorny and Jimmy Parker continuing their easy progression towards a possible final and a re-match from the Jack Crawford Cup final last Saturday. The highest seed to lose today was Italy’s Vittorio Monacco who fell on Centre Court in the afternoon to the German Manfred Hoffmann.
After yesterday’s exit of Heide Orth, there were no upsets in today’s women’s 70 matches. Second seed Donna Fales as highest remaining seed did not drop a single game in her match against Tamiko Castro from Brazil. Tomorrow’s quarterfinal in the top part of the draw between Charleen Hillebrand (USA) and in form Frances Maclennan (GBR) promises to be an interesting match. The host nation will be hoping that Sofia Garaguly will make it through to the semifinal.
The upsetsof the day happened today in Klagenfurt in the men’s 65 age group. Top seed Peter Adrigan (GER) was first on court against the 25th seed Zdenek Suchomel from Czech Republic. Suchomel had a storming start to the match, winning the first set 61 and being up 42 in the second set, before the German found his way back into the match and came back to secure the second set 75. In the third set at 65 to Adrigan it looked as if he would just scrape through to victory, but it was Suchomel who came back this time and got the match into a deciding tiebreak. The Czech won the tiebreak and raised his arms to the sky after he had taken out the top seed.
There was another match that went to a tiebreak in the decisive set, another one with an unhappy ending for a German. Unseeded Richard Johnson (USA) continued his move through the rounds when he defeated Horst-Dieter Van de Loo by the narrowest of margins. There was disappointment for the Austrian fans as fourth seed Helmut Flagel lost to Frank Briscoe from South Africa. All Austrian hopes now rest on Hans-Dietrich Heissl who will face Suchomel in tomorrow’s quarterfinal.
In a dark series for Germany in the third set tiebreak’s today, the tournament lost another top seed as Heidi Eisterlehner (GER) lost in the third set tiebreak to Pauline Fisher (GBR) in the women’s 60 age group. This leaves now defending champion Tina Karwasky (USA) as the top favourite for the title in the bottom of the draw. Karwasky defeated Wendy Gilchrist (AUS) today and will be up against unseeded German Edeltraud Lier tomorrow.
In the women’s 65 age group all eight top seeds progressed nicely to the quarterfinals today without the loss of a set. Top seed Gail Benedetti (FRA) will be facing Brenda Carter (USA) tomorrow, second seed Sylvie Galfard-Kirsten (FRA) the South African Petro Kruger (RSA).
In Villach, the round of 16 was played in the men’s 75 age group and top seed Klaus Haas cruised into the quarterfinals, where he will be facing the strong American Fred Farzanegan tomorrow. At the bottom of the draw, defending champion Frantisek Cech struggled his way through to the quarterfinals, defeating ninth seed Rolf Westman from Sweden in three sets. Nine times World Champion King Van Nostrand reached the quarterfinals with an impressive win over the German Dieter Hamm to set up a match against his team mate Lester Sack (USA), with whom he won the Bitsy Grant Cup last week in Prostejov, Czech Repbulic.
It was quarterfinals day in the women’s 75 singles. World Number 1 Elisabeth Van Boemmel defeated Ria Graham (USA) in straight sets and will face fourth seeded Australian Nola Collins in the round of last four. In the bottom half of the draw defending champion Inge Weber from Canada will take on Roz King (USA).
Top seed Lorne Main (CAN) and second seed Robert Barwick (AUS) progressed to the quarterfinals of the men’s 80 draw today, just like third seed John Powless (USA) and fourth seed Alan Hocking (AUS). Tomorrow’s quarterfinals promise some interesting match ups.
Favourites Muffie Grieve (CAN) and Margaret Robinsons (AUS) only dropped a couple of games in their respective matches today and stay on course in the women’s 80 event. The only high seed to go out today was fourth seed Margaret Canby (USA), losing to the unseeded French Mireille Giraud.
In the only women’s 85 match of the day, Elsie Crowe from Australia defeated Marlies Jennies (GER) in straight sets.
The men’s 85 completed their quarterfinals matches today. Top seed Angelo Sala defeated Darius Panah-Izadi (GBR) when the British player had to retire a set and 30 down. He will face the Russian Michael Novik in the semifinal whe beat the fourth seeded Francisco Guillen from Spain. Third seed Doug Corbett (AUS) progressed to the semifinal with a win over Adel Ismail from Switzerland where he will play Clem Hopp (USA).
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