Photo: Susan MullaneSuzanne Lenglen Cup Seniors Team Champions 2012
The first final line-ups were decided on Friday at the Seniors World Team Championships in Turkey as the Suzanne Lenglen (women’s 35) and Young (women’s 40) semifinals took place.
The top-seeded French teams made it through in both cups, defeating third seeds USA 3-0 in the Suzanne Lenglen Cup and getting past Great Britain, seeded fourth, in the deciding doubles in the Young Cup. Isabelle Tyrrell beat Stephanie Sallard to put the British ahead, but Caroline Dhenin levelled the tie by defeating Michelle Oldham for the loss of just one game.
The French were also dominant in the doubles, Dhenin and Alexandra Fouquet beating Oldham and Sue Wiltshire 60 63 to clinch their place in the final. There they will face second seeds Spain, who had an easy 2-0 win over unseeded Canada. The Suzanne Lenglen Cup final will pit France against Great Britain in a repeat of last year’s showpiece.
The Margaret Court Cup (women’s 45) and Maureen Connolly Cup (women’s 55) semifinals were decided yesterday and only the lower place play-offs were played today. For the Maria Esther Bueno Cup (women’s 50) it was quarterfinals day, and the seedings were tossed aside as seventh seeds Italy defeated defending champions Australia, seeded second, with singles wins for Francesca Ciardi and Simona Bozzano over Kerrie Douglas and Brenda Foster respectively.
Italy will face France in the last four, after the fourth seeds beat Spain 2-1. The other quarterfinal was also decided in the doubles rubber, as fifth seeds Czech Republic knocked out Great Britain, seeded third. The Czechs will face top seeds USA in the semifinals.
The men’s events all played their quarterfinals today as well, with many close-fought encounters and a few surprising results. One of the most tightly contested matches of the day was the sole quarterfinal in the Tony Trabert Cup (men’s 40), as fourth seeds Spain took on fifth seeds Germany.
The Germans took the lead when Christian Schaeffkes beat Fermin Novillo 62 76(4). Spain hit back through Jose Alejos as the Spaniard defeated Mark Joachim 62 64 to set up a deciding doubles, but the tie came to an unfortunate end when Spanish pair Novillo and David Salvador had to retire when losing 46 02 to Schaeffkes and Ingo Herzgerodt. Germany take on top seeds France in the semifinals while the bottom half of the draw will see Netherlands face Great Britain.
It was a good day for the German team as they also qualified for the last four of the Italia Cup (men’s 35) and the Austria Cup (men’s 55). The Italia Cup team beat Romania in a deciding doubles to set up a semifinal against defending champions France, while the other semifinal will see the eighth-seeded Italians, who defeated third seeds Great Britain, take on top seeds Spain.
In the Austria Cup the Germans, seeded fourth, beat sixth seeds France to set up a semifinal against top seeds USA. The other top seeds also made it through, with second seeds Spain and third seeds Great Britain beating South Africa and Australia respectively.
The quarterfinals of the Dubler Cup (men’s 45) also went largely according to the seeding as second seeds USA and third seeds Italy joined top seeds France in the semis with wins over Netherlands and Spain respectively. In the only minor upset of the day fifth seeds Great Britain overcame Austria, seeded four, with a win in the deciding doubles. The Fred Perry Cup (men’s 50) also had just one upset, as Italy, seeded nine, knocked out top seeds USA.
Viljo Tanganelli beat Bill Moss 61 61 to put the Italians ahead, Mike Tammen beat Silvano Pozzi and then the Italians Tanganelli and Fernando Cavalleri came through a tight 64 75 doubles against Tammen and Ken White to qualify for the semifinals.
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