Winning 2011 Doris Hart Cup team Canada
ANTALYA, TURKEY: There was glory for the USA today as they clinched five out of the seven cups that were on offer in the Super-Seniors World Team Championships in Antalya, Turkey. The Americans clinched the M65 Britannia Cup, M75 Bitsy Grant, W60 Alice Marble Cup, W70 Althea Gibson Cup and the W75 Queen’s Cup. There was success for France in the W65 Kitty Godfree Cup and for Canada in the first ever W80 Doris Hart Cup. Rain earlier in the week means that three team cups will be decided tomorrow.
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M60 Von Cramm Cup
Fourth seeds Australia shocked second seeds Spain in the semi finals today to set up a meeting with top seeds USA in tomorrows final. A large crowd gathered to watch the second singles between Andrew Rae (AUS) and Jorge Camina (ESP). The Aussies were staring down the barrel after Alberto Martorell winning the opening rubber for the Spanish. Rae has unbeaten in singles all week and didn’t let his side down powering to a 61 16 62 victory. Rae then teamed up with Max Bates to clinch the deciding doubles, sealing both the upset and sending the Aussies into the final.
The USA await Australia after they defeated France 3-0 in the other semi final. Singles wins for Brian Cheney and Larry Turville were followed by victory for Tony Dawson and Paul Wulf in the doubles to seal their passage into the final.
M65 Britannia Cup
1. USA 2. France 3. Switzerland
The stands on centre court were packed with spectators as the doubles teams of USA and France battled it out in the final rubber of the Britannia Cup final. The match ebbed and flowed with the French pair having chances to gain a decisive advantage. Cheered on by many of their follow Americans Charles Hoeveler and Hugh Thomson kept their cool to post a 76(4) 26 76(3) victory and seal the tie for the US. Earlier on Michel Berges won the opening rubber for France before Jimmy Parker had levelled the tie for the USA. Switzerland beat Austria 2-1 to clinch third position.
M70 Jack Crawford Cup
Tomorrow’s final between reigning champions and top seeds Austria and second seeds Italy promises to be an intriguing encounter after both teams posted impressive semi-final wins today. Top seeds Austria faced Great Britain, who had their moments, but eventually went down 3-0. Italy will be wary of Peter Pokorny, the Austrian number one, who will be looking to continue his excellent form in tomorrow’s final.
It was equally one-sided in the second semi final with the Italy defeating the USA 3-0. Giorgio Enio Rohrich got Italy off to the perfect start with a straight sets victory Joe Bachmann in the opening rubber. World number 2 Vittorio Monaco sealed the tie for the Italians, with an impressive clay court display to beat US number one Rudy Hernando 63 63.
M75 Bitsy Grant Cup
1. USA 2. Australia 3. Czech Republic
USA faced Australia in the final looking to defend their crown from last year. Hernan Ahlers (USA) faced Alan Hocking (USA) in the opening rubber. Ahlers was in unforgiving mood putting the US one up without losing a game. In the second King Van Nostrand (USA) faced Peter Froelich (AUS) his doubles partner in the individual championships next week. Van Nostrand raced through the first set before Froelich fought back in the second to force a tie break. Van Nostrand was too strong and clinched the title for the USA. John Powless and Lester Sack (USA) then won the doubles to complete a 3-0 victory. The Czech Republic defeated the Netherlands 2-1 to clinch third place.
M80 Gardnar Mulloy Cup
The USA defeated France 3-0 to put them in prime position to clinch the trophy. However, defending champions Canada stand in their way in the final match of the 1st-3rd place playoff tomorrow. George McCabe (USA) defeated Maurice Jamois (FRA) without dropping a game in the opening rubber before Russell Seymour (USA) was too cunning for Henri Crutchet in the second singles. The Americans completed the 3-0 victory with a straight sets victory in the doubles.
W60 Alice Marble Cup
1. USA 2. France 3. Netherlands
The USA successfully defended their title with an impressive 3-0 victory over France in today's final. The US were a class apart throughout the week and their form continued into today's final. Martha Downing (USA) disposed of Andree de Goul Saint Jean FRA) for the loss of only one game before Kerry Young sealed the tie with an equally impressive 61 64 victory over Nicole Hesse-Cazaux (FRA). There was no let up from the Americans who were just as ruthless in the doubles rubber, Carol Clay and Molly Hahn winning 61 63. The Netherlands beat Australia to finish third.
W65 Kitty Godfree Cup
1. France 2. Great Britain 3. USA
Reigning champions Great Britain were unable to defend their Kitty Godfree cup crown after their loss to France today. Both singles rubbers were hard fought and went to three sets but in the end it was the French who prevailed. Michele Bichon (FRA) won the opening singles rubber before Gail Benedetti defeated Frances Maclennan (GBR) 60 46 62 to seal the title for France. The USA clinched third spot after a 2-1 victory over Germany today.
W70 Althea Gibson Cup
1. USA 2. Germany 3. Great Britain
It was a successful return to Turkey for the USA Althea Gibson Cup team who defended the title they had captured last year. The line up was completely different from last year but the result the same, a comprehensive victory for the US. Suella Steel and Charlene Hillebrand were in imperious form for the US, winning both their singles rubbers. Suzanne Clark and Sheila Weinstock were made to work harder in the doubles, before winning in three sets to give seal a 3-0 victory over Germany and give the USA the title. Great Britain finished in third place.
W75 Queens Cup
1. USA 2. Great Britain 3. Germany
The glory continued for the USA after their Queens’ Cup side successfully defended their title. The USA had been too strong for the competition all week and it was no different today in their victory over Great Britain. Dori De Vries, in her first year in the age category, continued her fine form winning the opening rubber 60 60. Dorothy Matthiessen (USA) faced Alma Acourt (GBR) in the second singles rubber, clinching a tight first 64 before easing through the second 61 to seal the trophy for the USA.
W80 Doris Hart Cup
1. Canada 2. Great Britain 3. USA
The inaugural Doris Hart Cup went right down to the wire with Great Britain and Canada playing a deciding doubles rubber for the title. Both sides had beaten the USA earlier in the week to set up this decisive encounter. Last year's women's over 80 world individual champion Rosemarie Asch got Canada off to the perfect start winning the opening rubber, before Ruth Illingworth levelled the tie, winning the second singles rubber for Great Britain. It was all down to the deciding doubles where Asch and Fontaine led Canada to glory, making them the first champions in the competition’s history. The USA finished in third place.