Photo: Srdjan StevanovicDaniel Waldman (USA)
Daniel Waldman won the first of his two Seniors World Individual singles titles at Ali Bey Club Manavgat in 2007, and the American remains on course to add a third after he defeated top seed Paul French in the men’s 55 event today.
French was in good form, having led the British team to the Austria Cup title just last week, and the match could barely have been closer but in the end Waldman ran out a 63 36 75 winner to take his place in the last eight. Waldman’s compatriot Mike Tammen, seeded eight, also came through a tough battle against former champion Alan Rasmussen of Denmark, Tammen eventually prevailing 76 63.
It was not such a good day for another American, however, defending champion and second seed Mark Vines. Vines decimated the competition to win in San Diego last year but he has found the clay courts of Turkey somewhat more demanding and went down today to a specialist on the surface, unseeded Spaniard Javier Molina Ramos.
The second seeds didn’t fare well in either the men’s 45 or 50 age categories either. In the 45s, Italian Luca Vigani lost a three-set battle to 15th seeded James Turner from Great Britain while in the 50s, Greek Konstantinos Effraimoglu had an even tighter loss, going down to Italy’s Viljo Tanganelli in a third set tie-break. With the loss of third seed Karl Pansy of Austria at the hands of Spaniard Miquel Puigdevall Lamolla, the stage looks set for a final between top seeded Frenchman Alain Moracchini and two-time world champion Manfred Hundstorfer of Austria.
In the younger men’s age categories, there were mixed fortunes for the number one seeds. In the 45 event, Jeff Tarango of USA dropped a set before eventually prevailing in three against Australian Kurt Robinson. In the 40 age category, Czech Republic’s Lukas Vojtechovsky was powerless against Bart Beks, the Dutchman apparently still on a roll after leading his country to victory in the Tony Trabert Cup. In an interesting turn of events, the quarterfinals will see a new version of the Tony Trabert Cup final, as Dutch No.1 Beks takes on France’s No.3 Benoit Halle while French No.1 Arnaud Magnin will play Marcus Hilpert, who played at No.2 on the Netherlands team.
Beniamin Budziak, top seed in the men’s 35 event, appears to be finding his best form at the right time. The Polish former world champion, last year’s runner-up, dropped a set in his first match before beating accomplished German Marc Leimbach in round two, and today he didn’t lose a single game against Portugal’s Joao Marques. In the quarterfinals he will take on former Hungarian Davis Cup player Gergely Kisgyorgy, who knocked out sixth seeded Australian Adam Alessandrini today.
In the women’s events, the 50 age category had a much more eventful day than yesterday, when almost half of the matches played ended in 60 60 results. Top seed Ingrid Gutmann-Resch of Austria had to battle hard before defeating Italian Paolo Ippoliti 36 75 60, but second seed Christine French of Great Britain went down 61 36 62 to Argentina’s Mariana Metola. Fourth seeded Czech Barbora Koutna also needed three sets to subdue another Italian, Maria Rosa Bruno, while fifth seeded American Fran Chandler beat Barbara Snapes of Great Britain by the topsy-turvy score of 75 06 76.
It was a day of upsets in the top half of the women’s 45 draw, as number one Lucie Schwab-Zelinka of Austria, number three Olga Shaposhnikova of Germany and number five Monica Yanagi of Brazil all lost, against Heidi Ruppert (GER), Lettica Venter (RSA) and Elisabetta Morici (ITA) respectively. Eighth seeded Frenchwoman Marie-Christine Calleja, runner-up at the world championships in 2009, is now the only seed left in that half. In contrast, all the seeds in the bottom half of the draw went through in straight sets today. That was also the story in the women’s 55s, as not one of the quarterfinalists dropped more than three games today.
The youngest women’s age categories are a round ahead of the others, and therefore decided their semifinal line-ups today. There were no surprises in the 40 event as top seed Tzvetelina Nikolova (BUL), second seed Ana Salas (ESP) and third seed Sandrine Testud (FRA) all recorded straight sets victories. They were joined in the last four by German Corinna Kaup, who beat Russia’s Larisa Mitrofanova 64 60.
Three of the four seeds also made it through to the semifinals in the women’s 35s, as No. 1 Silvina Delgado (ARG), No. 2 Stephanie Kolar (GER) and No. 4 Patricia Zerdan (USA) all won in two sets today. The only upset was the defeat of third seed Jo Walter of Australia against unseeded German Annette Zweck.
Full results and draws are available here.