Photo: Carolyn NicholsOpening Ceremony - Super-Seniors World Team Championships
POERTSCHACH, AUSTRIA & PROSTEJOV, CZECH REPUBLIC: Play began today in the 2013 Super-Seniors World Team Championships today, with heavy rain interrupting the first day’s play in Poertschach. In Prostejov, players in the Bitsy Grant Cup and Kitty Godfree Cup took to the courts under a blanket of grey cloud.
In the Kitty Godfree Cup (W60), defending champion and top seed, France, stormed to a perfect start with a 3-0 over Poland. Reigning World Individual Champion, Gail Benedetti, and Nicole Hesse-Cazaux clinched straight set victories without the loss of a single game, with doubles not played due to injury.
Last year’s silver medallists, USA, also claimed a 3-0 victory over the hosts, Czech Republic, on the first day of play. Third seed, Great Britain, and fourth seed, Germany, also clinched emphatic victories against Brazil and Norway, respectively. All eight seeded teams enjoyed success on the opening day.
In the Bitsy Grant Cup (M75), 5 time winners and current champion, USA, defeated Switzerland 3-0. Captain Fred Farzanegan lead out the team with a 61 63 victory before no.1 player Lester Sack sealed the win with a 60 60 defeat of the Swiss no.1. Herman Ahlers and King Van Nostrand clinched a 60 61 victory in the doubles.
Second seed, Germany, also claimed a 3-0 win over Japan, for the loss of just 6 games. Third seed and host, Czech Republic, joined the top two seeds with it's perfect start, as did fourth and fifth seeds, Australia and Great Britain. However, there were upsets as sixth seed, South Africa, were defeated by an unseeded Swedish team containing the European Closed Champion Rolf Westman. A second upset was caused by unseeded Italy defeating seventh seed, France, 2-1. With France leading 1-0, Italy’s Giovanni Argentini defeated the French no.1, 60 60, before sealing the tie in a decisive doubles match with partner Livio Lombardi.
The ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships features 153 teams from 27 countries playing in 10 Cup competitions.
Please click on the links below to view the results of the 10 Cups taking place;
Von Cramm Cup (M60
Jack Crawford Cup (M70)
Alice Marble Cup (W60)
Britannia Cup (M65)
Kitty Godfree Cup (W65)
Bitsy Grant Cup (M75)
Althea Gibson Cup (W70)
Queens' Cup (W75)
Gardnar Mulloy Cup (M80)
Doris Hart Cup (W80)