Charleen Hillebrand (USA)
ANTALYA, TURKEY: The USA are still in contention of winning 8 out of the 10 cups on offer in the 2011 Super-Seniors World Team Championships in Antalya, Turkey. Please click the link below for full results:
M60 Von Cramm Cup
The semi final line up has been decided after hard fought play off matches on the clay courts of Ali Bey Club Manavgat. Once again the defending champions USA looked impressive, their number one Larry Turville leading them to a 3-0 victory over Germany. A repeat of last year’s final looks on the cards with Spain, led by Jorge Camina defeating Great Britain today. Also in the mix are France who posted a strong all round performance to defeat Austria. All four nominated players were involved including a particularly impressive display from number one Bruno Renoult who defeated Gerhard Thaler 75 62. The fourth semi finalists are Australia who will be looking to Andrew Rae, a consistent performer in ITF senior’s events to lead them to glory. Rae defeated Tim Griffin (CAN) for the loss of only two games to help the Aussies to a 3-0 victory.
M65 Britannia Cup
Both semi finals were tight affairs and went to the deciding doubles. A sizeable crowd gathered on centre court to watch the tie between top seeds USA and eight seeds Austria. The Austrians got off to a flyer courtesy of Franz Thallinger who won the opening singles rubber. Jimmy Parker, the American number one and last year’s world champion in this age category levelled the tie at 1-1 with a convincing victory over Hans Heissl. Chares Hoeveler and Hugh Thomson kept their composure in the doubles rubber to lead the USA into tomorrow’s final.
The second semi final was finely poised a one rubber all after the singles with victories for Michel Berges (FRA) and Petr Kolacek (SUI). A large crowd gathered to watch the decisive doubles where the French team of Patrice Beust and Francois Pierson sealed a 63 64 victory. The French will now meet the USA tomorrow in what promises to be an eye catching final.
M70 Jack Crawford Cup
The semi final line-ups have been decided after further playoff action today. Third seeds USA faced fifth seeds France with the tie coming down to the deciding rubber. Joe Bachmann won the opening rubber before Michel Leclercq (FRA) defeated Rudy Hernando (USA) 46 62 63 to level the tie. George Sarantos and Henry Liechtfried (USA) teamed up to post an impressive 61 62 victory in the doubles and seal the tie. The USA will face Italy in one semi final and Great Britain will face top seeds Austria in the other.
Great Britain beat Australia today to seal their place, posting an impressive 3-0 victory. The first rubber proved to be crucial with Clive Hutchings (GBR) outlasting Bruce Rehn (AUS) in a 46 64 75 victory. The British team never looked back and won the next two rubbers convincingly to clinch their semi final place.
M75 Bitsy Grant Cup
The men’s 75 age category has gone according to seeding with top seeds USA meeting second seeds Australia in the final. The USA romped past the Netherlands in their semi final dropping only two games on their way to a 3-0 victory. King van Nostrand (USA) was particularly impressive defeating Michael van Berckel (NED) 60 62, avenging a defeat in last year’s team competition.
They will face second seeds Australia in the final after the Aussie’s came from 1-0 down to seal their place in the final. Peter Froelich (AUS) was the dominant player for the Australians winning his singles rubber before teaming up with Alan Hocking to win the decisive doubles rubber. The Czech pair battled hard but Froelich and Hocking prevailed 64 36 64 to send the Aussies into the final.
M80 Gardnar Mulloy Cup
The only match in the playoff stages in this age category saw third seeds France defeat second seeds Canada 3-0. The match included a shock defeat for Canadian Lorne Main who failed to repeat his unbeaten record of last year losing 62 63 to Henri Crutchet (FRA). Maurice Jamois (FRA) won his singles also before Jamois and Cruchet teaming up to win the doubles and seal the 3-0 victory.
W60 Alice Marble Cup
The USA will meet France in tomorrow’s final after both sides won through their semi finals today. The USA faced Australia today and fought hard to secure a 3-0 victory. Martha Downing and Kerry Young won their singles rubbers before Carol Clay and Molly Hahn won the doubles to seal the victory.
It was harder work for the French with their match against the Netherlands resting on a titanic battle between the two number ones Nicole Hesse-Cazaux (FRA) and Nora Blom (NED). Annick Bruzat had won the opening singles for the French before Hesse-Cazaux outlasted Blom 64 57 64 to secure the French passage into the final.
W65 Kitty Godfree Cup
The top two will meet in tomorrows final after hard fought wins today. Top seeds France came from 1-0 down to clinch a 2-1 victory. Barbara von Ende won the opening singles rubber for Germany before the French came roaring back through their number one Gail Benedetti to level the tie. The doubles was a nervy affair with the French pair of Sylvie Galfard Kirsten and Evelyne Terras keeping their cool to post the victory for the French.
It was the same story for second seeds Great Britain who came from 1-0 behind to defeat the USA. Betty Wachob put the US one up before Frances Maclennan (GBR) beat Brenda Carter (USA) to level the tie. Maclennan then teamed up with Jenny Waggot to secure a straight sets victory and help Britain advance.
W70 Althea Gibson Cup
There was further success for the USA in this age category with today’s only playoff seeing a 3-0 victory for the US over Great Britain. Suella Steel (USA) and Charleen Hillebrand (USA) posted straight sets singles wins to give the US an unassailable 2-0 lead. There was no let up from the US however with Suzanne Clark and Sheila Weinstock combining to defeat the British pair of Jean Porter and Jeanette Coulter to clinch the emphatic victory.
W75 Queens Cup
The USA looked in ominous form with today’s victory over Germany. The Americans now face Great Britain tomorrow in a match that will decide the outcome of the title. The USA showed no mercy losing only five games in the three rubbers in their victory, All four players were given in an outing with Dori De Vries and Dorothy Matthiessen winning the singles rubbers before Burnett Herrick and Carol Wood to seal the 3-0 victory in the doubles.
W80 Doris Hart Cup
There were no matches played today in this age category with all eyes on Saturday’s tie between Canada and Great Britain which will decide the outcome of the trophy.