ANTALYA, TURKEY: Today saw the second day’s play in the 2011 Super-Seniors World Individual Championships in Antalya, Turkey. The morning saw first round matches across various age categories before a violent storm around 2pm ended any further hopes of play. Players were settling down for their lunch when the heavens opened and the deluge meant the courts were unplayable for the rest of the day.
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In the men’s 60’s singles there were safe passages for top seed Jorge Camina (ESP) and hotly tipped second seed Andrew Rae (AUS) who both won through in straight sets. It was a similar story in the men’s 65’s singles with the top two seeds and last year’s finalists Petr Kolacek (SUI) and Peter Adrigan (GER) progressing with routine straight set wins. One of the longest matches of the day was also in this age category between number thirty seed Jonas Leskevicius from Lithuania and German Werner Bauwens. In the end it was the Lithuanian who progressed 57 64 75.
The men’s 80’s singles also began today with the number four seed Adrian Alle from Australia surviving a first round scare against unseeded Spaniard Lluis Clavera. Alle dropped the first set and was forced into a tie break in the second before taking control, eventually winning 46 76(4) 62.
In the women’s 60’s singles the top two seeds Wendy Gilchrist (AUS) and Nicole Hesse-Cazaux had a day’s rest before joining the fray tomorrow. Gilchrist will face Rita Reichard (GER) after she defeated Canadian Jandi Fraser in a marathon first round battle, 63 46 75. Armelle Meinrad (FRA) and Wanda Narojek (POL) were also involved in a titanic battle, the French lady outlasting her Polish opponent 36 76(6) 75.
Elsewhere in the ladies competition it was a good day for New Zealand as both Elizabeth Stevens and Jean Murray posted victories. In the women’s 75’s singles Webster was in fine form defeating Anne Williams (GBR) 62 60. In the women’s 80 singles Murray faced Helene Salvetat from France, who at 90 years old is the oldest player competing this week. It was Murray who progressed to the next round where she faces top seed and defending champion Rosemarie Asch (CAN).