Photo: Paul ZimmerMary-Jeanne Marty (FRA)
Today was the penultimate day at the Super-Seniors World Individual Championships with the line ups for tomorrow's finals decided. For full results please click the link below:
Nicole Heese-Cazaux from France will face Nora Blom from the Netherlands in tomorrow’s final in the women’s 60 singles after both players won their semi finals today in straight sets. Hesse Cazaux won this title at the same venue in 2008 and seems to be recapturing that form this week with a series of impressive displays. Today she faced unseeded Heleen Janssen-Prins from the Netherlands and continued her excellent form with a routine 61 61 victory. Blom faced a much sterner test in her semi final coming up against number one seed Wendy Gilchrist from Australia. The Dutch lady had beaten Gilchrist in last week’s team competition and went into this match full of confidence. She was never troubled and recorded an impressive 63 62 victory.
Top seed Sofia Garaguly came through a tense semi final with Suella Steel (USA) today to book her place in tomorrow’s women’s 70 singles final. There was little to choose between the two players but it was Garaguly who prevailed 64 64. The Austrian will face third seed Charleen Hillebrand from the USA after the American defeated Mary Jane Marty from France in the other semi final. Again it was a close match with both players playing excellent clay court tennis and neither able to gain a clear advantage. In the end it was the American who handled the decisive points better to take a 75 64 victory. Hillebrand will be looking to repeat her success of 2008, where she won the 65 singles also on the clay courts here in Antalya.
The women’s 75 singles has gone according to seeding with tomorrow’s final set to be an all American affair between top seed Dori DeVries and second seed and defending champion Burnett Herrick. Neither player has dropped a set so far and an all American final looked odds on all week. In fact including her 61 60 victory over third seed Brigitte Jung (GER) today DeVries has only dropped two games in her three matches so far and is the firm favourite to take the title. Herrick had a tougher semi final defeating fifth seed Jacqueline Lecaillon from France 64 64.
It was a bad day for Italy in the men’s 70 singles with both Vittorio Monaco and Giancarlo Milesi losing their semi finals today. Top seed and defending champion Peter Pokorny avenged his defeat to Milesi in last week team championships which sealed the Jack Crawford Cup for Italy with a masterful performance on centre court. Here he will face eighth seed Henk Nijeboer (GBR) who upset second seed Vittorio Monaco (ITA) 62 64 in the other semi final. The Britain has been in fine form in the last two weeks, helping Britain to third place in last wee's weeks team championships and not dropping a set on his way to tomorrow’s final.
It was business as usual for Lorne Main in the men’s 80 singles as the Canadian powered into the final with a 61 60 victory over fourth seed Adrian Alle (AUS) today. The other semi final in this age category was not as one sided with second seed Henri Crutchet (FRA) battling it out with third seeded Russell Seymour (USA) for a place in the final. Seymour, who represented South Africa in the Davis Cup as well playing the French Open and Wimbledon in the 1950's, showed his pedigree with some excellent net play. However it was Crutchet who was the more consistent and eventually clinched victory 36 64 75.
The men’s 85 doubles was decided today with the second seeds Jaromir Becka (CZE) and Doug Corbett (AUS) beating Henri Kerouredan (FRA) and Henry Young (AUS) 63 61 in the final.