Photo: Paul ZimmerRosemarie Asch (CAN)
The rain held off at the Ali Bey Club Manavgat today as the World Individual Championships continued. Play was spread across over 40 of the clay courts at Club Ali Bey Manavgat and players fought hard across the various age categories right up until 5pm, when players were invited to a welcome cocktail to celebrate the opening of the championships.
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The women’s 80 singles promises to be one of the most exciting events this week with a number of closely matched players battling it out. Today saw a cluster of three set matches as players fought for a place in the quarter finals. Jennifer Collins and seventh seed Joan Brisbin (USA) produced a match of high quality over three closely fought sets. In the end it was Collins who prevailed and now faces top seed Rosemarie Asch (CAN) in the next round. Asch is one of a handful of players who is in with a chance of ending unbeaten in all competitions at the end of both the team and individual championships. Asch helped Canada to win the inaugural Doris Hart Cup (the team competition for women aged 80 or over) last week and is seeded in both the 80 singles and doubles. Elsewhere in this age category Asch’s doubles partner Huguette Fontaine, also from Canada, fought valiantly but lost over three sets to third seed Erzsebet Szentirmay (HUN) 75 46 63.
In the women’s 65 singles the top two seeds look to be on course to meet in Saturday’s final. Defending champion Ellie Krocke (NED), seeded second this year, lost only one game in her second round win over Karin Spanke (GER). Standing in her way is top seed Gail Benedetti (FRA) who continued the form she showed in last week’s team events with a clinical 61 60 win over Gabrielle Koplin (GER) today. Other players to watch out for in this age category include fourth seed Barbara Von Ende (GER) who dispatched Heiderose Toth (AUT) 60 60 in the second round.
It was a good day for South Africa in the men’s 60 division with Jean Hubert and Daan Spengler both reaching the last 16 in the men’s 60 singles. Nineteenth seed Hubert recorded an excellent 75 75 win over fifteenth seed Niall Sweeney (GBR). It was the unseeded Spengler however who recorded the most impressive win of the day defeating thirteenth seeded Russian Iakov Atrokhov 61 76(4). Other players to progress into the round of sixteen included the top two seeds Jorge Camina (ESP) and Andrew Rae (AUS) but there was a shock defeat however for sixth seed Jeremy Woods (GBR), who was forced to retire whilst leading 2-1 in the final set against Romanian Bernhard Broos.
Peter Pokorny (AUT) is looking to put his disappointment of the last week’s team event behind him and defend his men’s 70 singles crown. Today he recorded a routine victory over former Wimbledon junior champion Toomas Leius (EST). His conqueror in last week’s team final, Giancarlo Milesi (ITA) also progressed, beating Kyosti Heinanen (FIN) 63 60.
The semi final line up’s are now complete in the men’s 85 singles with three out of the top four seeds progressing. Top seed Angelo Sala (ITA) will face third seed and defending champion Neville Halligan in the first semi final after Halligan’s quarterfinal opponent Jaromir Becka (CZE) was forced to retire in the first set of their match. Halligan’s fellow Australian Doug Corbett will face Swede Pehr Svenshammar in the second semi final. Unseeded Svenshammar provided the upset of the day with his 60 64 defeat of fourth seeded Bulgarian Stefan Stefanoff.