Photo: Ray Giubilo2013 Womens Singles 60 Champion
KLAGENFURT, POERTSCHACH and VILLACH, AUSTRIA: The Super-Seniors World Individual Championships finished this weekend in three venues in Austria. Six hundred and fifty-three players from 35 countries competed across six age groups in singles, doubles and mixed doubles from 60-and-over to 85-and-over.
Of the 12 singles titles, six were won by European players, five by North American players and one title went to Australia.
From a host nation perspective the focus of the attention was the men’s 70 age group, where Peter Pokorny fulfilled the expectations of his compatriots when he clinched the ninth World Individual singles title of his career on the Centre Court in Poertschach on Saturday. Pokorny was the only male player to defend his title from last year in Umag. He also won the mixed doubles together with fellow Austrian Sofia Garaguly.
Radovan Cizek from Czech Republic was the winner of the men’s 60 singles title after defeating last year’s runner-up Bruno Renoult from France. It was Cizek’s third individual title, having also won in 2003 and 2004.
Three women defended their titles from Umag: Tina Karwasky (USA) in the women’s 60, Gail Benedetti (FRA) in the women’s 65 and Muffie Grieve (CAN) in the women’s 80.
It was a perfect two weeks for Karwasky in Klagenfurt. After capturing the Alice Marble Cup with the US team in the World Team Championships, she won the two events that she participated in during the individual championships, the women’s 60 singles and the women’s 60 doubles with Mary Ginnard (USA), without dropping a set. The mixed 60 event, which Karwasky had opted not to play, was won by Caroline Glaszman and Renoult.
Like Karwasky, Benedetti won a team title in the first week, helping France to the Kitty Godree Cup, and then defended her title in the women’s 65 with victory over Petro Kruger (RSA) in the final. It was her third successive individual title.
Grieve won her second consecutive world individual title, the Canadian having won the Doris Hart Cup in the preceding week. In a rematch from the team final, Grieve defeated Margaret Robinson (AUS), this time in straight sets. Robinson and her partner Max Byrne won the 80 mixed doubles title.
Jorge Camina Borda from Spain was another third-time champion. He defeated surprise finalist Wolfram Schmidle (GER) in the men’s 65 final in Klagenfurt, having also won the previous week’s Britannia Cup competition with the Spanish team.
There were six first-time winners at the Super-Seniors World Individual Championships this year: Michele Bichon (FRA) in the women’s 70 singles, Roz King (USA) in the women’s 75 singles, Doris Jane Lutz (USA) in the women’s 85 singles, Giovanni Argentini (ITA) in the men’s 75 singles, John Powless (USA) in the men’s 80 singles and Doug Corbett (AUS) in the men’s 85 singles.
Bichon played the perfect tournament in the women’s 70 singles. She did not lose a set the entire week and defeated Donna Fales (USA) in the final in Poertschach on Saturday.
King won the Queens’ Cup with the US team in Villach the week previously, but had lost to Elisabeth van Boemmel of Germany in one of the play-off matches. She fared better against van Boemmel however in the final of the women’s 75 singles, winning a long three-set match to capture her first individual title. Together with teammate Ria Graham she also won the women’s 75 doubles title.
The inaugural women’s 85 events were dominated by US players. In an all-American singles final, Lutz defeated Price without dropping a game. The same pair teamed up to capture the 85 doubles title, and the first-ever 85 mixed doubles title was won by the Anglo-American team of Price and Dariusz Panah-Izadi (GBR).
Argentini took on King van Nostrand (USA) in the men’s 75 singles final in Villach, with the Italian winning in two sets against the nine-time world champion. There was a better ending for the American in the men’s 75 doubles final, which van Nostrand won with his Australian partner Peter Froelich.
Powless and Gerge McCabe had led the US team to victory in the Gardnar Mulloy Cup in Villach but were up against each other in the final of the men’s 80 singles. It was Powless who won the final in straight sets to collect his first World Individual title. In the men’s 80 doubles final, McCabe and Chuck Nelson (USA) defeated Powless and Richard Doss (USA).
Last year, Doug Corbett (AUS) had to content himself with a silver medal, but this year the Australian finally won his first Individual title in the men’s 85 singles. He defeated Russian Michael Novik (RUS) in the final in straight sets. He also won the doubles title with his Italian partner Angelo Sala.
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