Photo: Paul ZimmerJorge Camina Borda (ESP)
ANTALYA, TURKEY: Another day’s play at the 31st Super-Seniors World Individual Championships saw a number of high quality matches as well as a couple of high profile casualties. Jorge Camina Borda, the top seed in the Men’s 60 singles from Spain, was involved in a titanic battle with Paul Wulf, the twenty fifth seed from the USA. Camina was struggling with an injury and could not find his usual rhythm on the clay, but used all of his experience to win through 75 67(5) 63. Camina Borda will now face seventh seed Alfred Boeckl (GER) in tomorrow’s semi final after the German upset fourth seed Bruno Renoult (FRA) 75 62. The other half of the draw has gone according to seeding with second seed Andrew Rae (AUS) facing third seed Claude Medalin (FRA) in the other semi. For full results please click the link below:
Unseeded Bob Bardsley (CAN) continues to impress in the Men’s 65 singles after he reached defeated tenth seed Michael Beautyman (USA) to reach the semi finals. Bardsley has now beaten three seeds on his way to the semis and is defying his lowly ITF seniors ranking of 447 with some fine displays here in Turkey. Bardsley will now face fourth seed Hans Heissl (AUT) in the semi finals after Heissl’s opponent Richard Buwalda (RSA) was forced to retire in the second set of their quarter final. The other semi final will be an intriguing encounter between top seed Petr Kolacek (SUI) and third seed Jimmy Parker (USA). It is a repeat of last year’s final and Parker, who played six US Open’s in his younger days, will be looking to avenge last year’s defeat.
There was another surprise in the men’s 75 singles with top seed Gerhard Coldewey (GER) falling at the quarter final stage. Coldewey had been the pre-tournament favourite but his opponent Lester Sack (USA) proved too strong winning 62 76(3). Sack, who lost to Roy Emerson in the round of 32 of the 1966 French Open, showed his pedigree with some dazzling net play to outwit his German opponent. He now faces Peter Froelich from Australia in the other semi final. Sack’s fellow countryman King Van Nostrand looks to be one of his main competitor’s for the title as he has dropped only three games in three matches so far. Van Nostrand will meet Dutchman Michael van Berckel in tomorrow’s semi final, a repeat of last year’s which Van Nostrand won in straight sets.
There was an intriguing match up in the women’s 65 singles as sisters Gail Benedetti (FRA) and Carol Campling (AUS) faced each other at the quarter final stage today. It was Benedetti who came out on top and the top seed now faces German Heide Orth in the semis. In the bottom half of the draw Barbara von Ende from Germany continued her impressive form with a comfortable straight sets victory over twelfth seed Judy Hancy (AUS). Von Ende will face Gudula Eisemann from Germany who knocked out defending champion Ellie Krocke from the Netherlands in the second semi final. Krocke, who played Wimbledon in her younger days, was hoping to clinch her third successive title but sixth seed Eisemann had other ideas easing to 63 64 victory.
Elaine Stephan from New Zealand is hoping for a double success this weekend; winning her first ever world title and the All Blacks clinching their first rugby world cup since 1987. Eighth seeded Stephan is in fine form, beating second seed Ruth Illingworth in the previous round and dropping only two games in her victory over third seed Erzsebet Szentirmay (HUN) today. Standing in her way is top seed Rosemarie Asch from Canada who beat Doris Lutz (USA) 76(3) 61 in the other semi final.