Photo: Ray GiubiloBruno Renoult (FRA)
The finalists were decided today in some of the Singles events at the Super-Seniors World Championships in Villach. In the women’s 75, world number 1 Elisabeth van Boemmel justified her top seed by defeating third seed Nola Collins (AUS) in straight sets to reach her first World Individual Championships final. Roz King (USA) created the surprise of the day by defeating the defending champion Inge Weber (CAN) 62 in the third set.
In the women’s 85 singles, Rita Price and Doris Jane Lutz (both USA) set up an all American final when they both won their semifinal matches. Price defeated World number 1 Szentirmay in straight sets, but had to go the long distance in the second set tiebreak which ended with the score of 14-12.
Lutz defeated Australian Elsie Crowe, also in straight sets and also winning the tiebreak of the second set, with the score of 8-6.
In the men’s 85 singles, third seed Doug Corbett (AUS) progressed to the finals without having to play as Clam Hopp (USA) had to withdraw because of illness. The other semifinal was a close affair between top seed Angelo Sala (ITA) and Russian Michael Novik. Novik came back after losing the first set 61 to take the second set 64 and the deciding matchtiebreak with the score of 11-9.
In the men’s 75 singles, top seed Klaus Haas (GER) defeated Fred Farzanegan (USA) in straight sets to progress to the semifinals against Italian third seed Giovanni Argentini. Defending Champion Frantisek Cech also stays on course as he defeated Gerhard Coldewey (GER). His semifinal opponent will be King van Nostrand (USA) who defeated fellow teammate Lester Sack (USA) by the narrowest of margins in the decisive tiebreak of the third set. This sets up a rematch from last year’s final in Umag.
The two top seeds exited the men’s 80 competition in a huge day of upsets in this event. Record World Champion Lorne Main (CAN) lost to fifth seed George McCabe 10-8 in the matchtiebreak which is played instead of a third set. Eighth seed Henri Crutchet (FRA) defeated second seed Bob Barwick (AUS) in straight sets and will now face third seed John Powless (USA). Powless beat his compatriot Joseph Russell (USA). Unseeded Italian Sergio Longhi ousted the fourth seed Alan Hocking (AUS).
The women’s 80 saw the three top seeds Margaret Robinson (AUS), Muffie Grieve and Rosemarie Asch (both CAN) progress to the semifinals, together with the unseeded French Mireille Giraud.
In Pörtschach, in the men’s 60 singles, Andrew Rae (AUS) defeated Harald Hellmondseder from Austria in straight sets on centre court, coming back from 2-5 in the second set to win it in the tiebreak. He will now face Radovan Cizek from Czech Republic in the semifinal, who defeated Roger Guedes (BRA). In the bottom half of the draw, second seed Bruno Renoult won the match of the lefthanders with ease against Fred Robinson (USA). He will be up against third seed Wayne Cowley (AUS) who beat the last Austrian in the men’s 60 field, Albert Grimm in the afternoon match on Centre Court.
The upset of the day happened in the men’s 70 when the title favourite after last week’s team event, Jimmy Parker from USA, lost to sixth seed Giancarlo Milesi from Italy in two sets. Milesi will now face Albrecht Neyheusel from Germany. Neyheusel (GER) played against Henk Nijeboer from Great Britain, who at the score of one set all retired because of injury. Peter Pokorny (AUT) will have watched these results with interest as he spent little time on court against Manfred Hoffmann (GER) who could not repeat his performance from the previous day. Pokorny will be playing in the semifinal against Fred Drilling (USA) tomorrow in a rematch of last year’s final. Drilling defeated ninth seed Giuseppe Losego (ITA).
Two American players reached the semifinals of the women’s 70. Second seed Donna Fales beat Brigitte Hoffmann (GER) in straight sets and Charleen Hillebrand (USA) continued her extraordinary run in the top half. She defeated Frances Maclennan (GBR) in the match of the day in a three set battle. Hillebrand now faces Michel Bichon (FRA) who prevented with her victory over Catherine Anderson (USA) that a third American player would reach the semifinals. Fales is playing against Sofia Garaguly from the host nation who beat Judy Hancy (AUS) in one of the morning matches.
In Klagenfurt, the men’s 65 played their quarterfinals today. Yesterday’s surprise winner Suchomel couldn’t score another upset as he lost in a three set match to Austria’s hope Hans-Dietrich Heissl (AUT). Today, it was the turn of the defending champion, Petr Kolacek from Switzerland to have a real bad day in the office when he lost to the German 12th seed Wolfram Schmiedle.
In the bottom half, Jorge Camina Borda (ESP) cruised through his quarterfinal against Alan Gooch (AUS) and will be playing Frank Briscoe (RSA) who battled through a three set thriller against Richard Johnson (USA).
In the women’s 65, another South African came through to the semifinal: Petro Kruger defeated second seed Sylvie Galfard-Kirsten from France and will now face third seed Sylvia Bauwens (GER) in the semifinal, who got the better of Heleen Janssen-Prins from the Netherlands. In the top part of the draw, defending champion Gail Benedetti will meet her teammate Nicole Hesse Cazaux (both FRA) in a match that promises to be hard fought. Both French players convincingly won their respective quarterfinals matches.
The women’s 60 were playing their round of 16 today. Tina Karwasky (USA), Nora Blom (NED) and Kerrie Ballard (AUS) were exceptionally quick to win their matches. Pauline Fisher continued her successful week when she defeated Adrienne Avis in two sets. The longest match of the day ended with the upset of fourth seed Vera Klingensteiner from Brasil who lost in the third set tiebreak to Dagmar Panner from Germany.
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