Photo: Ray GiubiloFrantisek Cech (CZE)
UMAG, CROATIA: Today saw the semi-finals take place in almost all of the singles categories at the 2012 Super-Seniors World Individual Championships. The Men’s 60 singles draw has gone according to seeding with top seed Andrew Rae from Australia meeting Bruno Renoult from France in the final. Both players enjoyed comfortable straight sets victories in their semi-finals against German opponents. Rae defeated Gerd Dahmen 63 63 and Renoult defeated Alfred Boeckl 62 63.
The women’s 60 singles finals were a different affair with both matches closely contested. In the top half, Tina Karwasky (USA) defeated Nora Blom (NED) to move into the final where she will face second seed Heidi Eisterlehner (GER). Eisterlehner battled past Nicole Hesse Cazaux in the second semi-final, winning the first set on a tie break and edging the second set 75.
The biggest surprise in the Men’s 75 singles is the performance of Frantisek Cech of the Czech Republic. His victory over fourth seed Lester Sack today was his third victory over a higher seeded opponent. He will face third seed King Van Nostrand of the USA in the final after Van Nostrand defeated countryman Herman Ahlers in the other semi-final. Once Van Nostrand had won the first set tie break he never looked back and he will be looking to win his tenth world singles title over the weekend.
The Canadian dominance of the Women’s 80 division continued with Huguette Fontaine and Rosemarie both reaching the final. Both players helped Canada win last week’s Women’s 80 Doris Hart Cup in the team event and are doubles partners this week also. Fontaine defeated Margaret Canby of the USA in her semi-final and Asch defeated Colette Valere Chochod of France.
Also played today was the Men’s 85 doubles final where top seeds Michael Novik (RUS) and Angelo Sala (ITA) defeated second seeds Doug Corbett (AUS) and Pehr Svenshammar (SWE) to take the title.
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