13 Feb 2012

World Individual Championships continue in San Diego

News Article

Photo: Susan MullaneJohn Chanfreau (USA)

SAN DIEGO, USA; Some untypical cold and wet weather marred the second day of the Seniors World Individual Championships in San Diego, but several tournament favourites made it through before the heavens opened and play was cancelled in mid afternoon.

Manfred Hundstorfer (AUT), top seed in the men’s 45s and world champion in 2008 and 2009, had to overcome an unexpectedly tough challenge from Arthur Hernandez (USA) in his first match, eventually coming through 62 26 63.  He was joined in the last 32 by fourth seed and 2010 world champion in the 40 age category Mario Tabares (USA), but second seed Marco Silva and his fellow Brazilian Robson Felix Bueno, seeded third, both crashed out at the hands of Robert Sjoholm and Bruce Lipka respectively.

The top seeds made it comfortably through in the other age divisions, notably in the men’s 50s where top seed Karl Pansy (AUT) won 61 60 over Rob Severins (NED), second seed Vincent Gray (GBR) and third seed Mike Fedderly had a 61 61 win over Keishi Yabuta (JPN).  Former New Zealand Davis Cup player Kelly Evernden also continued his winning ways, defeating USA’s Danny Darnell 60 62.

In the men’s 55s, second seed and defending champion Dan Waldman (USA) beat Dario Fallas (CRC) 62 64, while former world champion Roger Guedes (BRA), seeded five, was involved in a battle against Haig Bedrossian when the British player had to retire at one set all.

The top seeds did not play today in the men's 35 and 40 age categories, although two seeds were upset by Americans in the men's 35.  John Chanfreau beat South African Dale Buckett, seeded 13, 67 62 62, while his compatriot Jeff Thomsen upset 14th seed Manuel Calvo (Mex) 64 61. The men's 40s also saw a few upsets of lower seeded players, with seventh seed Christop Back (GER) falling to Finland’s Jan Tiilikainen in the biggest upset of the day.  Number 11 Egils Valeinis (LAT), number 12 Chris O’Mara (AUS), number 13 Ingo Herzegerodt (GER) and number 14 Jose Manzo also all lost in their opening match.

In contrast, there were no significant upsets in the women’s events today.  No seeds played in the women’s 35s, while in the women’s 40s, seventh seed Barbara Seeger (GER) and eighth seed Piret ilves (EST) were the only ones in action.  Both won through to the last 16, although Seeger needed three sets to get past Caroline Bodart (BEL).

In the women’s 45s, third seed Simone Vasconcellos-Calves (BRA) had a tough 64 75 win over Philippa Palmer, part of Ireland’s Margaret Court Cup winning team, while seventh seed Fiona Medina (AUS) went down 60 62 against Rhona Kaczmarczyk (USA).

No seeds played in the women’s 50s, but 2008 world champion Mariana Hollman (USA) set up an intriguing second round clash with eighth seed Brenda Foster (AUS), part of last week’s Maria Esther Bueno Cup winning team, by beating Gyata Stormon (CAN) 61 60.  In the women’s 55s, Sherri Bronson (USA), world champion in 2004 but unseeded this year, has the opportunity to cause an upset when she takes on eighth seed Sabine Schmitz (GER) in the last 32.