17 Feb 2012

First finals decided in San Diego

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Photo: Susan MullaneFran Chandler (USA)

SAN DIEGO, USA:  A day full of sunshine saw a number of finals line-ups decided.

Men’s 35 Singles

The first of the men’s semifinals saw the great run that Australian Greg Evans has had this tournament come to an end in the singles as he was beaten 62 61 by number four  seed Roberto Menendez Ferre (ESP).  The other semifinal witnessed 2009 world champion and number seven seed Benjamin Budziak from Poland  book a place in the final after beating number five seed Jason Barnett (GBR) 62 61.

Women’s 35 Singles

The first semifinal saw top seed and defending champion Ana Salas-Lozano (ESP) take on number seven seed Kelly Pace-Wilson.  After losing a close first set 46, Salas-Lozano fought back to take the set 76(3).  The third set continued in the same way with Pace-Wilson eventually taking the match on the tiebreak.  Salas’s fellow Spaniard Noelia Perez, also a former world champion, will be Pace-Wilson’s final opponent after she defeated Patricia Zerdan in the other semifinal.

Men’s 40 Singles

The top two seeds made their way safely through to the semifinals today as Taras Beyko of Canada and local player Jeff Tarango had straight sets wins over Jan Tiilikainen (FIN) and Ricardo Mena (PAR) respectively.  Two underdogs had to fight hard to join them: Dutchman Marcus Hilpert came back from a set down to beat sixth seed Benoit Halle (FRA), while Australia’s Michael Evans had a 7-5 in the third win  over third seed Sebastian Jackson.

Women’s 40 Singles

The second and third seeds will contest the women’s 40 final after Isabelle Tyrrell (GBR) and Jurate Hardy (AUS) overcame unseeded opponents today.  Tyrrell beat American Deborah Higa 62 62 while Hardy advanced to the final when Sabine Gerke (GER) retired 1-6 0-1 down.

Men’s 45 Singles

2001 champion Jeff Greenwald will be aiming for his second world title tomorrow when he takes on fellow American Carl Clark in the final of the men’s 45s.  Greenwald had a 64 60 win over Karl Hale (CAN), while Clark was forced to battle hard to reach his first world championships final, eventually overcoming Martin Barba 6-4 in the third.

Women’s 45 Singles

Top seed Klaartje van Baarle (BEL) continued her excellent record in the 2012 world championships with a 62 63 win against number five seed Joanne Louis (GBR).  Van Baarle’s route to the final has seen her lose only eight games in eight sets.  In the other semi, Jennifer Dawson (USA) prevented second seed Lesley O’Halloran (IRL) from claiming gold in both the team and individuals championships with an impressive 62 61 win.

Men’s 50 Singles

The men’s 50 singles semis will feature three of the four American Fred Perry Cup team members after Mike Fedderly, Val Wilder and Mike Tammen all made it through today.  Fedderly had to fight hard to overcome the fourth member of the team, Peter Markes, 67 76 63, while both Wilder and Tammen made up for slow starts to beat Australians Simon Arms and Bruce Ferguson respectively.  Wilder will play Tammen in the semis and Fedderly will take on Frenchman Philippe Kahlouche, part of the team which beat the US in the Fred Perry Cup final last week.

Women’s 50 Singles

The women’s 50s saw two exciting semifinals take place as Fran Chandler kept her hopes of retaining her 2010 title alive with a 63 64 win over Christine French (GBR).  Another close affair saw former Wimbledon quarter finalist Ros Nideffer (USA), seeded three, beat number two seed Ros Balodis (AUS) 63 64.

Men’s 55 Singles

Former champion Andrew Rae (AUS), playing down an age category, deposed reigning world champion Dan Waldman (USA) in the men’s 55 singles today with a 64 76 win.  Rae will take on Great Britain’s Paul French in the semis after French beat Maxime Buyckx 62 61.  In the top half of the draw American Mark Vines continued to destroy the opposition, defeating Glenn Barton 61 61.  He will play New Zealander Peter Hampton in the last four after the 12th seed upset fourth seed and former champion Pierre Godfroid in three sets.

Women’s 55 Singles

The women’s 55 final will be a repeat of the 2010 edition as the top two seeds Diane Barker (USA) and Patricia Medrado (BRA) eased through today.  Barker beat fellow American Carolyn Nichols 63 61 and Medrado also won in straight sets against another American, third seed Susan Wright, 64 63.