Photo: Susan Mullane2012 Maureen Connolly Winners USA
The fourth day of the Seniors World Team Championships saw 2 cup winners being decided. Great Britain were to take the Suzanne Lenglen Cup with and had seen a lot of one-sided matches as the seeds made their way quickly through the draws, but with semifinal and final line-ups being decided today in San Diego there were plenty of close encounters and surprising results.
Italia Cup Men’s 35
Both semi finals took place today with top seeds Spain progressing to the final but being pushed all the way by Great Britain. After each team won a singles match, it was left to Julian Alonso and Jose Maria Vicente to take the doubles 64 64 against Paul Martin and James Smith. In the second semifinal, France was to progress to the final with a 2-0 win over Estonia to set up what should be an exciting final on Saturday with the two top seeds.
Suzanne Lenglen Cup Women’s 35
The Suzanne Lenglen Cup was one of two finals to be completed today. After Great Britain had caused an upset by beating Spain in the semifinal, they continued their winning streak by causing a more important upset in beating top seeds France to take the Suzanne Lenglen Cup. Alexia Ferrand provided France with the ideal start after beating Karen Cross 63 63. However Great Britain fought back with Lucie Ahl taking the next singles match 60 26 63 against Berangere Karpenschif. After dropping the first set in the doubles match, Lucie Ahl and Karen Cross were to take the next two sets against Alexia Ferrand and Berangere Karpenschif 26 63 62. Thus creating the perfect ending to a fantastic tournament - Congratulations Great Britain.
Tony Trabert Cup Men’s 40
Both top seeds progressed to the final today with convincing wins. Number 2 seed France progressed after beating Netherlands 2-0. Jacques-Olivier Moers defeated Gert-Jan Kortman whilst Benoit Halle took the second singles after defeating Markus Hilpert. The other semi final saw USA beat Spain 3-0. Eoin Collins was to put the USA into a 1-0 lead with a convincing 62 62 win over David Valeriano. Whilst former ATP world number 42 Jeff Tarango won his match against Fermin Novillo 63 64 putting the USA into an unassailable lead. Willie Dann and Lew Miller were to complete the win for USA and set up a repeat final from 2011 after beating Jose Maria Blasi and Jose Conde 62 62.
Young Cup Women’s 40
The last stage of the Young Cup continued today with top seed USA taking on third seed Spain. The first singles match was a very close affair with Jennifer Dawson putting USA into the lead after beating Noelia Perez 63 36 62. The second singles match of the tie saw Ana Salas get back to winning ways for Spain, although she was made to use all of her experience to beat Julie Cass 64 26 76(3). USA were to take the tie after another tight match with Julie Cass and Gretchen Magers beating Ana Salas and Noelia Perez 64 76(3). The final match in this round robin competition between USA and France takes place tomorrow with this tie setting up an exciting climax as this will decide the champions
Dubler Cup Men’s 45
Top seed France were to progress to the final with a 2-0 win over Great Britain. Christophe Delafond was to take the first singles match of the tie with a win over Matt Coombes and Franck Hervy ensured a place in the final with a 61 62 win over Jimmy Turner. The second semifinal saw Italy cause an upset after beating number two seed and host nation USA. The first match saw Enrico Casadei dig deep after losing took the first set 26 to Curtis Dunn. He was to take the next two sets dropping only 2 games. A win over Mario Tabares for Paolo Pambianco put Italy into a commanding lead and set up a very exciting final at Morgan Run tomorrow.
Margaret Court Cup Women’s 45
A rest day for finalists saw play off positions 9th- 12th and 13th-16th taking place. Netherlands were to take 9th position after a win over Canada. Australia was to take 11th place after beating Sweden 2-1. In the 13th-16th play offs, Mexico were to take 13th place with a win against Turkey. Argentina won the other match played in this cup today taking 15th place after beating Poland. An exciting final is expected at La Jolla tomorrow with Ireland hoping to complete their fantastic trip to the final by taking home the winners medals.
Fred Perry Cup Men’s 50
USA progressed to the final with a convincing 3-0 win over Italy. This cannot be said for the other semifinal after France added another seed to their previous wins, causing an upset by beating second seeds Spain 2-1. Again setting up potentially a very exciting final on Saturday.
Maria Esther Bueno Cup Women’s 50
After causing a minor upset in the previous round, Great Britain was unable to repeat this in the semifinal although they pushed USA all the way. With each nation winning a singles match each, it was left to Tina Karwasky and Mary Dailey to win the doubles 62 75 against Leo Finkelstein and Jenny Hughes. The other semifinal saw second seed Australia progress comfortably to the final with a 3-0 win over Netherlands.
Austria Cup Men's 55
After enjoying a rest day on Thursday top seed Australia and second seed USA were to progress to the final with convincing 3-0 wins over Netherlands and Great Britain respectively. Another expected exciting final on Saturday at Balbao.
Maureen Connolly Cup Women's 55
This was the second of two cups decided today with USA winning after defeating Great Britain 2-1. USA was to have the ideal start to this final with Susan Wright winning the first tie against Sally Freeman 61 61. Diane Barker continued the fine form for USA dropping only 1 game in her win against Frances Candy 61 60. The doubles match was to provide a much closer affair with Carolyn Nichols and Leslie Airola Maureen losing the first set against Anne Clark and Pat Wire 06 but they were to fight back in the second to take this 63 and now possibly looking favourites to take the match. However Anne Clark and Pat Wire were to dig deep and take the third set 62 to complete the final to bring the final score to 2-1- Congratulations USA.