Photo: Paul ZimmerLorne Main (CAN)
ANTALYA, TURKEY: Today saw another day of fierce competition in the Super-Seniors World Individual Championships in Antalya, Turkey. Quarter final line ups have now been decided in many of the singles events with some eye-catching matches to look forward to in the coming days. After a long days completion the players minds turned to tonight’s gala dinner hosted by Club Ali Bey Manavgat for competitors of the championship. For full results please click the link below:
The quarter final line up has been decided in the men’s 60 singles with two unseeded players still in contention for the title. Joao Soares from Brazil is currently ranked at a lowly 276 in the ITF Seniors rankings but is causing a stir among the rest of the draw here in Turkey with some impressive displays on his way to the quarter finals. The Brazilian is yet to drop a set and now faces his toughest test so far with second seed Andrew Rae (AUS) awaiting him in the quarter finals.
It is a similar story in the top half of the draw with Tony Dawson (USA) defying his lowly ranking to progress into the quarter finals. 241st ranked Dawson was a member of the victorious USA Von Cramm Cup team in the team championships last week and has continued his form with routine straight sets wins thus far. He now faces third seed Claude Medalin (FRA) for a place in the semi finals.
In the men’s 80 singles top seed Lorne Main is on course for an incredible twenty sixth world championship title after a 60 60 over American Melvin Lewis today. Main and his partner Adrian Alle (AUS) are also top seeds in the men’s 80 doubles and the Canadian is firm favourite to add to his remarkable number of world championship triumphs. Alle also progressed in the singles and now faces fifth seed Bo Hemborg from Sweden in the quarter finals. Main’s biggest rival for the singles title is Henri Crutchet from France who defeated him in the team event last week. Crutchet beat Juergen Thron (GER) 61 61 today to move into the quarter finals.
Australian Wendy Gilchrist, the top seed in the women’s 60 singles, enjoyed a comfortable 61 60 win over Ingrid Bauwens (GER) today and will face Renate Haubner from Austria in the quarter finals. Elsewhere in this age category Helen Janssen Prins from the Netherlands upset fourteenth seed Elvira Olbrich from Poland 64 61. The form of second seed Nicole Hesse-Cazaux from France is looking ominous for the rest of the field. The French lady has only dropped three games in her two matches so far and now faces twelfth seed Rosemary Wilson (GBR) in the quarter finals.
Marit Munro is the only Norwegian left standing in any singles age category here in Antalya and has no intention of bowing out of the hunt for the women’s 70 title just yet. Unseeded Munro caused one of the biggest upsets of the day defeating fifth seed Ida Erhat (SUI) 75 63. However Munro faces a much stiffer task in the next round where she comes up against third seed Charleen Hillebrand from the USA. The top two seeds in the women’s 70 singles also posted wins today. Top seed Sofia Garaguly (AUT) defeating Norwegian Kristin Horn 63 60 whilst second seed Felicity Thomas (GBR) didn’t drop a game in her victory over Paulina Silva Alves from Brazil.
The question in the women’s 75 singles draw is can anyone stop an all American final? Top seed Dori DeVries and second seed Burnett Herrick, teammates in the victorious American Queen’s Cup team last week, look set to be on collision course to meet in Saturday’s final. The Americans were dominant in the team event last week and have continued that form into the second week, DeVries beat Ingrid Loesel (GER) 60 60 today whilst Herrick dropped only one game defeating Wil Sevenstern (NED). Their closest challenge may come from third seeded German Birgitte Jung overcame Carol Wood (USA) in three sets today to reach the quarter finals.