Photo: Susan MullaneMichael R. Evans and Greg Evans (AUS)
SAN DIEGO, USA: Two Australian brothers were celebrating today after causing upsets on day 3 of the Seniors World Individual Championships in San Diego. Greg Evans turned the men’s 35 draw on its head by beating top seed Daniel Dolbea (GER) 62 76, before his elder brother Michael continued in the same vein by knocking ninth seeded Mexican Ricardo Langre out of the men’s 40 event.
It wasn’t a good day for the seeds in the men’s 35s: in one of the matches of the day, 2004 world champion Sander Groen (NED) beat defending champion Thassilo Haun (GER) 36 64 75, while third seed Adam Baranowski (CAN) lost 63 64 to Leif Meineke (GER). Fourth seed Roberto Menendez, part of the Spanish team which finished runner-up in the Italia Cup last week, is the highest seed remaining in the draw after he beat Neil Goldsby (GBR) 61 62.
The seeds in the men’s 40 event fared better, with top seed Taras Beyko (CAN), third seed Sebastian Jackson (GBR) and sixth seed Benoit Halle (FRA) all coming through in straight sets. Fourth seed Brett Patten (AUS) also made it through to the last 16 although he had to fight hard to overcome Kerry Safdie (USA) 67 76 63. Fifth seed Luis Esteban Gargiulo of Argentina was the highest seed to fall, losing 60 62 to Will Bull (USA).
There were also few problems for the favourites in the men’s 45s. After dropping a set in his opening match, top seed Manfred Hundstorfer of Austria had an easier time today, not dropping a game against Brazilian Constantino Cury Nieto. Fifth seed and 2001 world champion Jeff Greenwald also had a 60 60 win, while fellow American Mario Tabares dropped just four games to Scott Works.
In the men’s 50s, top seed Karl Pansy (AUT) and third seed Mike Fedderly (USA) both made it through in straight sets, but seventh seed Eddie Myers (AUS) was upset in three sets by Fedderly’s Fred Perry Cup teammate Peter Markes.
There were no upsets in the men’s 55 age category, as all the top seeds came through comfortably. Eighth seed Mark Vines (USA) has made quick progress through the first two rounds, adding another 60 60 victory today to the one he achieved yesterday. Top seed Glenn Busby of Australia and no.2 Dan Waldman (USA), champions in the 50s and 55s respectively in 2010, remain on course for a final meeting after both recorded straight sets wins today.
In the women’s events, the most impressive performances of the day were recorded by the top seeds in the 55 age category. Diane Barker, world champion in 2010 in the 50 age category and top seed in this event, had a 60 60 win over fellow American Corazon Davis. Not to be outdone, the same scoreline was recorded by Patricia Medrado (BRA), seeded two and runner-up to Barker in the last world championships, and Carolyn Nichols (USA), the fourth seed, against Lynn Taylor (USA) and Sylvia Lievers Kronenburg (NED) respectively. Third seed Susan Wright dropped just one game to fellow American Susie Witwer.
There were also easy wins for the top seeds in the women’s 50s. Top seed Ingrid Gutmann Resch (AUT) dropped just one game to Maria Nunez and second seed Ros Balodis dropped none to USA’s Lisa Harrison. Balodis’s Maria Esther Bueno Cup-winning teammate Brenda Foster, seeded eight, did not fare so well, losing 63 61 to 2008 world champion Mariana Hollman (USA). Hollman’s fellow American, 2010 world champion in the 45 age category Fran Chandler, also achieved a complete shut-out of Australian Wendy Harrison.
Klaartje Van Baarle (BEL), several times world champion and looking to regain the title she lost in 2010, opened her campaign in the women’s 45s with a 60 60 win over Mexico’s Veronica Villar. Second seed Lesley O’Halloran (IRL) also won through today, but third seed Simone Vasconcellos (BRA) fell to Renata Marcinkowska (USA).
The women’s 40 category lost its top seed today when Bulgaria’s Tsvetelina Nikolova retired in the second set of her match with Sabine Gerke (GER). Second seed Isabelle Tyrrell of Great Britain had no problems, however, in an easy 60 60 win over Ivett Donoso, but Brazilians Monica Yanagi and Marcia Pelanda, seeded fourth and fifth respectively, both lost.
The top seeds have yet to come into action in the women’s 35s, although seventh seed Kelly Pace Wilson (USA) started her quest for the title today with a straight sets win over Lindi Prinsloo of South Africa. Eighth seed Ekaterina Sudnik (BLR), on the other hand, was overwhelmed 60 60 by Canada’s Sherry Buller. The top six seeds will play tomorrow, including Spaniards Ana Salas and Noelia Perez, who between them have won the title for the last four years.