Photo: Paul ZimmerDori DeVries (USA)
ANTALYA, TURKEY: The Super-Seniors World Individual Championships drew to a close today with players competing in the finals of all six age categories on the clay courts of the Ali Bey Club Manavgat in Antalya, Turkey. Lorne Main from Canada won the Men’s 80 singles giving him his thirteenth singles world title and twenty sixth in total. Dori DeVries from the USA completed a clean sweep of trophies, adding the Women’s 70 singles and doubles titles to the Queen’s Cup title she won in the World Team Championships last week.
The first match of the day on centre court saw the top two seeds in the Men’s 60 singles Jorge Camina-Borda (ESP) and Andrew Rae (AUS) battle it out for the title. It was Camina-Borda who made the early running, racing to a 3-0 lead before Rae had adjusted to the surroundings of centre court. Rae’s steady baseline game was having little impact on Camina-Borda who used all of his clay court experience to keep the Australian at bay. The Spaniard delighted the large crowd with a resounding 60 61 win and sealed his second world championship title.
Rae had to immediately put his disappointment to one side as later in the day he partnered countryman Maxwell bates in the final of the Men’s 60 doubles. The top seeded Aussies faced the second seeded French pairing of Xavier Lemoine and Bruno Renoult. The Aussie pair started slowly and dropped the opening set before clicking into gear. After winning the second 64 they romped away with the third set 60 to give Andrew Rae his fifteenth world championship title.
Top seed Petr Kolacek (SUI) took to the court against Hans Heissl (AUT) in the Men’s 65 singles looking to defend the title he won last year. Kolacek has sounded a warning to Heissl with his destruction of Jimmy Parker (USA) in yesterday’s semi final and the Austrian could not live with Kolacek’s power and aggressive game. The Swiss claimed a comfortable 64 62 victory to seal his second world title.
Top seeds Jimmy Parker and Hugh Thomson (USA) faced the British pair of Keith Bland and Richard Tutt in the final of the Men’s 65 doubles. Parker had won this title with a different partner last year and was looking to defend his title. The Brits however had other ideas storming to a 3-0 lead and taking the first set. The American duo fought back to send the match into a decided set and proved far too strong for the British pair winning 36 75 62.
Austria’s Peter Pokorny was the clear tournament favourite in the Men’s 70 singles and faced eighth seeded Britain Henk Nijeboer in today’s final. Pokorny lived up to his billing with a comfortable 61 63 victory and defended his title from 2010. The Britain never got going and Pokorny used his left-handed forehand to devastating effect, dictating the baseline rallies.
Pokorny then teamed up with Italian Giancarlo Milesi to beat Bob Howes and Bruce Rehn (AUS) 62 60 in the Men’s 70 doubles final. These two triumphs take the Austrian to a total of fifteen world championship titles.
The final of the Men’s 75 singles was an all American affair with third seed and defending champion King Van Nostrand facing the surprise finalist eleventh seeded Lester Sack. From the off it was clear it would be a tight match with little to choose between the two players. Van Nostrand used all of his experience and handled the big points to clinch a 64 64 victory and continue his winning streak in singles that stretches back to 2008.
Van Nostrand then teamed up with Peter Froelich from Australia to defeat Alan Hocking (AUS) and Chuck Nelson (USA) 61 62 in the Men’s 75 doubles. This was the American’s fifth doubles world title and his fourteenth in total.
Lorne Main (CAN) was looking to avenge his defeat to Henri Crutchet (FRA) in last week team’s championships in today Men’s 80 singles final. Top seed and defending champion Main was out for revenge and it showed as he posted a commanding performance to take a 64 64 victory.
Main then teamed up with Australian Adrian Alle and faced the US pairing of Russell Seymour and Doug McCabe in the Men’s 80 doubles final. Main was chasing his fourteenth world doubles title and his twenty seventh world title in all. The Americans however had other ideas and Seymour and McCabe rolled back the years to clinch a 64 64 victory.
The final of the Men’s 85 singles saw top seed Angelo Sala (ITA) face second seed Doug Corbett (AUS). The match ebb and flowed with neither player able to gain a clear advantage. Each point was fiercely contested and it was no surprise that the match went to three sets. In the end it was Sala who outlasted his Australian opponent and clinched a 75 46 64 victory to give him his maiden world championship title.
Fourth seeded Nora Blom (NED) faced second seed Nicole Hesse-Cazaux (FRA) in the final of the Women’s 60 singles. Blom helped the Netherlands to third place in last week’s team event whilst Hesse-Cazaux was looking for a repeat of 2008 when the same title at the same venue here in Antalya. In front of a large crowd on centre court it was the Dutch lady who began to take control of the match, winning a tight first set 64 before romping away with the second 61 to seal her second world championship title.
Top seeds Carol Campling and Wendy Gilchrist (AUS) faced fourth seeds Christine Lockhart and Marjory Love (GBR) in the women’s 60 doubles final. Campling and Gilchrist won the title at the same venue last year and started as favourites to seal another title. The Aussies didn’t disappoint with a scintillating display of doubles that blew away their opponents 62 60. This victory gave Campling her sixteenth doubles world title.
Top seed Gail Benedetti from France wasted little time in clinching the Women’s 65 singles title with a comprehensive 63 63 win over Barbara von Ende (GER). Benedetti had led France to victory in the team championships last week and continued her form into the individual championships romping to the title without losing a set.
The top seeds Jacqueline Boothman (GBR) and Ellie Krocke (NED) met second seeds Brenda Carter (USA) and Heide Orth (GER) in the doubles final. The first set was closely fought with Orth and Carter clinching it 75 before the number two seeds romped away with the second 60 to seal the title. This was Orth’s ninth doubles world title and her eighteenth in total.
Top seed Sofia Garaguly from Austria won her first ever world championship title by defeating Charleen Hillebrand (USA) 61 63 in the women’s 70 singles final. The Austrian had looked in fine form all week, not dropping a set on her way to the final and today was different. Garaguly was always in control and dominated the match throughout.
Top seeds Charleen Hillebrand and Suella Steel (USA) did not drop a game on their way to the women’s 70 doubles final, where they faced second seeds Sofia Garaguly (AUT) and Kristin Horn (NOR). The final looked as though it would be just as one sided but Horn and Garaguly began to fight back in the second set causing the American pair some problems. In the end Steel and Hillebrand were too strong completing a 61 64 victory.
The women’s 75 singles final saw the top seeds American’s Dori DeVries and Burnett Herrick face off. Although Herrick was the defending champion it was DeVries who started favourite after two weeks of commanding performances in both weeks of competition.
The two players then met again in the doubles final with DeVries partnering compatriot Carol Wood and Herrick partnering Gertrud Zubeil (GER). DeVries needed victory to secure a clean sweep of titles in the team event as well as the singles and doubles this week. The American was not to be denied as she and her partner Carol Wood secured a 63 75 victory.
Top seed and defending champion Rosemarie Asch from Canada faced eight seed Elaine Stephan from New Zealand in the women’s 80 singles final. Asch started the day as one of a handful of players in with a chance of collecting a clean sweep of titles, victory in the team championships and in singles and doubles this week. Asch found it hard to break down her Kiwi opponent and fought hard to gain her advantage.
After a short break for lunch the players then returned to the court with their respective doubles partners for the women’s 80 doubles final. Asch and Huguette Fontaine (CAN), her partner from the Doris Hart Cup last week got off to a fast start against Stephan and Jean Murray also from New Zealand but the Kiwi’s soon began to fight back. The clean sweep was not to be for Asch as the New Zealand pair won a third set tie break to win the title.