Photo: Wolfgang Jannach2013 Mixed Doubes 70 Champions
KLAGENFURT, POERTSCHACH and VILLACH, AUSTRIA: From 653 players that competed the when the Super-Seniors World Individual Championships began last Sunday , only a selected few continued to be listed on the Order of Play of Friday 20 September.
Amongst those few in Villach were the semifinalists of the men’s 80 age group. After having defeated Lorne Main yesterday, George Mc Cabe (USA) dominated unseeded Italian Sergio Longhi in straight sets. In the final awaits his team mate John Powless (USA) who beat Henri Crutchet from France 63 63.
It will be a repeat of last week’s Doris Hart Cup final top match in the women’s 80 singles final, as both defending champion Muffie Grieve (CAN) and world number 1 Margaret Robinson (AUS) won their semifinal matches in Villach this morning. Robinson had more difficulties as she had to go the full distance and play a deciding matchtiebreak against Rosemary Asch (CAN).
In the men’s 75 singles, the first semifinal of the day saw a rematch of last year’s final, Frantisek Cech (CZE) against King van Nostrand (USA). Despite having played a long and tiring match against Lester Sack (USA) yesterday, van Nostrand had the better start and won the first set 64. The defending champion fought back and equalised to one set all. But van Nostrand kept control of the third set and took revenge for last year’s defeat. His final opponent was determined in the match between top seed Klaus Haas from Germany and Giovanni Argentini (ITA). It was Argentini who had the better end in a three set rollercoaster match, who will have the chance to play for a possible first Singles title tomorrow, whereas Van Nostrand is looking to secure his tenth World Inidivudal title.
The women’s 75 singles had a day off and the final between Elisabeth Van Boemmel (GER)and Roz King (USA) will be played tomorrow.
The same applies to the men’s 85 where Michael Novik (RUS) will play in tomorrow’s final against Doug Corbett (AUS).
Another rematch of last year’s final happened in Pörtschach in the men’s 70 singles, where Peter Pokorny (AUT) repeated his success from last year against Fred Drilling (USA). Local favourite Pokorny will now play in the final against his doubles partner Giancarlo Milesi (ITA). Milesi confirmed his good form after his sensational victory over favourite Jimmy Parker (USA) yesterday and defeated Germany’s Albrecht Neyheusel in straight sets.
Michele Bichon (FRA) ended the winning streak of unseeded American Charleen Hillebrand in impressive fashion. Bichon will now take on in tomorrow’s final the American Donna Fales, who at that time was still in course to win three titles (Singles, Doubles and Mixed) in Austria. In her singles semifinal, Fales defeated the Austrian Sofia Garaguly in two sets.
The 70 Mixed Doubles final was then played in the afternoon and Peter Pokorny and Sofia Garaguly dashed Fales’ hopes of a treble by defeating the her and Fred Drilling (USA) in the deciding matchtiebreak.
The first doubles and mixed doubles winners were also decided in Villach today: In the women’s 85 doubles, Doris Jane Lutz and Rita Price (USA) defeated Malies Jennis (GER) with partner Erszebet Szentirmay (HUN).
The winner of the men’s 85 doubles are Doug Corbett (AUS) and Angelo Sala (ITA). The winner of the 85 Mixed Doubles are Rita Price and Darius Panah-Izadi (GBR).
In the men’s 60 singles, the Czech Radovan Cicek, who had been steadily playing through the rounds, showed that he is in impressive shape this year. He defeated top seed Andrew Rae in straight sets on court 6, outlasting the Australian. He will be aiming to win a third World Individual title tomorrow after the two that he won in 2003 and 2004 in the 50 age group. The afternoon match between Wayne Cowley from Australia and second seed Bruno Renoult (FRA) had a sad ending in the third set, as Cowley twisted his ankle at 3 games all in the third set and was forced to retire. Renoult will attempt to add a second World Individual Championship title to his gallery 13 years after winning the first one.
In Klagenfurt, Jorge Camina Borda (ESP) was the first player to complete his semifinal this morning when he barely left 2 games to Frank Briscoe (RSA). In the second semifinal, Wolfram Schmidle from Germany, who had beaten the defending champion Petr Kolacek (SUI) yesterday, stormed away winning the first set against Austrian Hans-Dietrich Heissl (AUT), only to lose the second set 60. The third set then was close, but the German twelfth seed created another upset and advanced to the final against Camina Borda. If he won, it would be Schmidle’s first World Individual title while Camina Borda is hoping to win his third title.
Both women’s 65 semifinals were very long and were only decided in the third set. Gail Benedetti prevailed over her fellow countrywoman Nicole Hesse Cazaux (FRA). She will be aiming to win her third consecutive title in the 65 age group. Petro Kruger from South Africa will be the one that is going to try to prevent this to happen as she overcame Sylvia Bauwens (GER). It would be Kruger’s third title too.
In the women’s 60 four players qualified for the semifinals, all four witout dropping a set, most even without dropping more than 3 games. The semifinal line-up between Mary Ginnard (USA) and Nora Blom (NED) as well as Kerrie Ballard (NED) and Tina Karwasky (USA) promise some great tennis to be played in Klagenfurt.
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