Photo: Srdjan StevanovicAnnerte Zweck (GER) with two of her three gold medals
Annette Zweck starred on the final day of the Seniors World Individual Championships in Antalya, Turkey, winning the women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles to achieve a clean sweep in the 35 age category.
Zweck started her day by beating USA’s Patricia Zerdan 46 75 75 in a near-four hour battle to win her first world singles title. She then teamed up with fellow German Stefanie Kolar to take the doubles title, and combined with Matthias Mueller to win the mixed doubles. A first-time winner was also crowned in the men’s 35 singles event, as Slovakian Ladislav Svarc beat defending champion Roberto Menendez of Spain in three sets. The men’s 35 doubles was won by another German pair, Mueller and Marc Leimbach.
As had been the case in the men’s 35s final, the men’s 40 singles final featured two players who had previously met in the team event last week. Unlike in the 35s, this one had the same result as Arnaud Magnin of France beat Dutchman Bart Beks in two sets, 75 60. France also won the women’s 40 event as Sandrine Testud defeated former champion Ana Salas Lozano of Spain 61 61.
Testud also claimed the mixed doubles with compatriot Benoit Halle, and narrowly missed out on a treble of her own when she and Italian partner Elisabetta Morici went down 11-9 in a match tie-break to Mari-Liis Parma of Finland and Piret Ilves of Estonia. In the men’s doubles, Beks got some consolation for his singles defeat as he and compatriot Marcus Hilpert won the title.
The women’s 45 age category also featured a player with the chance to win the treble, Ireland’s Lesley O’Halloran. O’Halloran’s bid for her first world singles title ended at the hands of France’s Marie-Christine Calleja, previously a runner-up in 2009. O’Halloran also lost the mixed doubles final with Bart Theelen to Germans Matthias Mueller-Seele and Karen Seele, but she did take away one gold medal as she and German partner Olga Shaposhnikova won the women’s doubles for the fifth time.
The men’s 45 singles was won by Canadian Taras Beyko, his first world singles title too. American Scott Works and his German partner Marc Brix were the winners of the men’s doubles.
The final first-time singles winner of the day was Italian Alessio Frontespezi, who overcame French top seed Alain Moracchini in three sets in the men’s 50s. An Italian also played in the women’s final, but Simona Bozzano was defeated by 2001 champion Ingrid Gutmann-Resch of Austria.
The men’s doubles final was won by French-British pairing Jacques Hervet and Chris Hearn, while Hearn also successfully defended his mixed doubles title with Australian Brenda Foster. The women’s doubles title went to the Australian combination of Leanne Swaysland and Ros Balodis.
Balodis was also involved in the singles final in the women’s 55 event, but she went down in straight sets to Diane Barker of USA, winner for the third consecutive year. Barker’s fellow American Daniel Waldman won his third world singles title as he defeated Spaniard Javier Molina Ramos, also in straight sets.
Waldman’s bid for a double victory was spoiled by compatriots Wesley Cash and Mark Vines, as they defeated him and partner Mike Tammen in the doubles event. The mixed doubles was won by Pierre Godfroid of Belgium and his Swiss partner Susana Villaverde.
Full results and draws are available here.