Photo: Srdjan StevanovicSusan Wright and Tina Karwasky (USA), women's 55 doubles world champions
The first world champions were crowned today as Americans Susan Wright and Tina Karwasky claimed the title in the women’s 55 doubles in Antalya, Turkey, with a match tie-break win over compatriots Carolyn Nicholls and Patricia Purcell.
Today saw the final line-ups decided in all other events, and many of the semifinals turned out to be surprisingly one-sided. Of the 20 singles semifinals played today, only three went the full three sets.
One of those which did was in the women’s 35 age category, as USA’s Patricia Zerdan came back from dropping the first set on a tiebreak to German Stephanie Kolar to win in three and qualify for the world championships final for the first time. There the fourth seed will play another German, Annette Zweck, who defeated top seed Silvina Delgado of Argentina 76 63.
There was disappointment for Gergely Kisgyorgy in the men’s 35 event as the Hungarian was forced to retire when a set and 2-1 down to Slovak Republic’s Ladislav Svarc. In the final Svarc will play defending champion Roberto Menendez of Spain, who beat him in the Italia Cup team competition last week. Second seed Menendez beat Brazilian Andre Cury 64 60.
The men’s 40 final will feature a replay of the Tony Trabert Cup final as Frenchman Arnaud Magnin takes on Bart Beks of the Netherlands. Magnin, who won their encounter last week in straight sets, had a straight sets win over Rene Busch of Estonia today while Beks needed three sets to overcome Italian Andrea Spizzica.
The women’s 40 final pits second seed and three time world champion Ana Salas Lozano of Spain against France’s Sandrine Testud, the third seed and former WTA world no.9. Testud beat top seed Tsvetelina Nikolova of Bulgaria 60 63 today while Salas Lozano also had a straightforward win, 62 62 over German Corinna Kaup.
Enrico Casadei of Italy, seeded four, caused an upset in the semis of the men’s 45s today as he knocked out defending champion Jeff Tarango 63 63 in front of a packed centre court crowd. His final opponent will be third seed
Taras Beyko of Canada who beat unseeded Dutchman Mike Simon 63 60. The women’s 45s will also see a new champion as second seed Lesley O’Halloran of Ireland meets eighth seed Marie-Christine Calleja of France, runner-up in 2009. Calleja was leading by a set and 4-2 when South African Lettica Venter retired. O’Halloran had more of a battle before edging Germany’s Christina Wolf 63 75.
Manfred Hundstorfer, seeded four, was one of the favourites to win the men’s 50s title and add to his world championships of 2008 and 2009, but the Austrian had to retire injured at the start of his match against Italian fifth seed Alessio Frontespezi. Frontespezi will face top seed and world No. 1 Alain Moracchini of France as both look for their first world singles title. In the women’s event, there was disappointment for the two Australian semifinalists as Kerrie Douglas lost 76 62 to top seed and former champion Ingrid Gutmann-Resch of Austria and Narelle Raftery went down in three sets to eighth seed Simona Bozzano of Italy.
There was better luck for another Australian in the women’s 55s, however, as Ros Balodis overcame a strong first set challenge from Carolyn Nichols to win 75 61 and set up another encounter with Nichols’s fellow American Diane Barker, the top seed and defending champion. Barker won their match in last week’s Maureen Connolly Cup so Balodis will be hoping for revenge.
An American will also feature in the men’s 55 final, as two-time former champion Daniel Waldman beat Colombian Carlos Behar 62 64. He will face unseeded Spaniard Javier Molina Ramos, who caused another upset by beating third seed Pierre Godfroid of Belgium in a tight encounter, 64 75.
Full draws and results are available here.