20 Mar 2013

British teams take dramatic path to semis

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Photo: Susan MullaneFrances Candy (GBR)

Today saw the final matches in the round-robin stage at the Seniors World Team Championships in Turkey, and teams from Great Britain were involved in some of the most dramatic encounters as quarter and semifinalists were decided.

The Tony Trabert Cup (men’s 40) team had to get their calculators out as they defeated Romania 2-1 to leave both teams, along with second seeds USA, with two wins and a loss in Group B. All three teams also had six match-wins against three defeats, but when the percentage of sets won was calculated the eighth-seeded British team came out on top to qualify for the semifinals.

Qualification for the last four of the Maureen Connolly Cup (women’s 55) was not quite so complicated, but here the British team needed to go to the third set of the deciding doubles to seal victory over Switzerland.

Sue Bartlett put Great Britain ahead with a straight sets win over Patricia Operto before Susana Villaverde beat Frances Candy in three sets to level the tie. Anne Clark and Sue Bartlett then won the doubles in three sets over Villaverde and Yvette Fischli to put the second seeds into the semifinals.

The top four seeds ultimately qualified for the knockout stages of the Maureen Connolly Cup, as was also the case in the Maria Esther Bueno Cup (women’s 50), the Dubler Cup (men’s 45), the Fred Perry Cup (men’s 50) and the Austria Cup (men’s 55).

In the Italia Cup (men’s 35), fourth seeds USA’s loss to Romania yesterday meant that they were already eliminated from contention in Group C, but the top three seeds Spain, France and Great Britain all went through with 3-0 wins today along with seventh seeds Germany, who beat sixth seeded Estonia, and Italy, seeded eight, 3-0 winners over fifth seeds Argentina.

In 2012 the Margaret Court Cup (women’s 45) had surprise winners in Ireland, and although the Irish won’t repeat the feat this year, the semifinals will only feature one of the top four seeded teams. Top seeds France had a straightforward 3-0 win over Australia but second seeds USA fell 2-1 to unseeded South Africa while Germany, seeded sixth, knocked out fourth seeds Great Britain. The fourth semifinalist will be Belgium, seeded seventh, who qualified for the last four with a 2-1 win over Ireland.

The USA team also had a surprisingly early exit in the Young Cup (women’s 40), losing 3-0 to Canada. Top seeds France and second seeded Spain both went through to the last four with 3-0 wins over Sweden and South Africa respectively, and fourth seeds Great Britain complete the semifinal line-up.

Switzerland will be the only unseeded semifinalists in the Suzanne Lenglen Cup (women’s 35) after they confirmed their last four place with a win over Moldova today. The Swiss had earlier defeated fourth seeds Germany. The top three seeds, France, Great Britain and USA, all qualified with 3-0 wins over Australia, Argentina and Estonia respectively.

See here for full results.

Live scoring for all tomorrow's quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be available here.