Mike Fedderly and Diane Barker Win World Singles Titles in Miami; Ross Persons, Susan Wright Win Doubles Gold

The ITF Seniors World Championships concluded today in Miami with some great matches.

Susan Wright and Diane Barker cruised to their anticipated final in the women’s 60s. They both dropped double bagels on their opponents in the semis, saving energy for their three set three hour final. Wright went down 41 in the first set before rallying to win the next five games and the set. Barker rallied to win the second 64. So far it was a lot like their last meeting in August. The third set once again was tight, with Wright winning the first 11 points before Barker cut down on her errors and leveled the match, finally pulling away to win it 75. It was Barker’s 6th world singles title

.Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Diane Barker (USA) and Susan Wright (USA) WS60Nov. 10, 2017; Miami Beach, FL: Diane Barker (USA) (WS60)Nov. 9, 2017; Miami Beach, FL: Susan Wright (USA) (WS60)

Wright is still looking for her first but didn’t go home empty handed, winning her fourth or fifth world doubles title, this year with Pat Medrado over American Abbi Neuthaler and South African Jenny Cerff.

Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Susan Wright (USA) and Patricia Medrado (BRA) WD60Abbi, Jenny

In the men’s 55s, an All American final as well, the action wasn’t nearly as dramatic, with Mike Fedderly winning in straight sets against first time finalist Peter Markes.

Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Mike Fedderly (USA) MS55 and Peter Markes (USA) MS55Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Mike Fedderly (USA) MS55 and Peter Markes (USA) MS55Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Mike Fedderly (USA) MS55Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Mike Fedderly (USA) MS55Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Peter Markes (USA) MS55

In doubles, Konstantions Effraimoglou (GRE)/Jacques Hervet (FRA) edged the American pairing of Fedderly/Mike Tammen, the two time defending champions, 10-7 in the match tiebreak.

Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Konstantinos Effraimoglou (GRE) and Jacques Hervet (FRA) with Mike Fedderly (USA) and Mike Tammen (USA) MD55

The men’s 60s was won by Glenn Busby, who is no stranger to the winner’s circle on the seniors circuit. He had to battle hard to get past the Belgian serve and volleyer Pierre Godfroid.

Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Glenn Busby (AUS) and Pierre Godfroid (BEL) MS60Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Glenn Busby (AUS) MS60Nov. 10, 2017; Miami Beach, FL: Glenn Busby (AUS) (MS60)Nov 05, 2017; Miami FL, USA; Pierre Godfroid (BEL) - M60

Busby combined with American Ross Persons to win the doubles over Americans Wes Cash/Danny Waldman.

Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Glenn Busby (AUS) and Ross Persons (USA) MD60

Godfroid teamed up with Medrado to win the mixed over Americans Shannon Gordon and Rollin Rhone.

Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Patricia Medrado (BRA) and Pierre Godfroid (BEL) XD60

Helen Nauk of Germany won the 55s, beating American Vicki Buholz in straight sets for the title.

Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Helga Nauck (GER) WS55Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Helga Nauck (GER), Vicki V. Buholz (USA), Gayle Prejean (USA) and Christine French (GBR) - WS55Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Helga Nauck (GER) WS55Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Helga Nauck (GER) WS55Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Vicki V. Buholz (USA) WS55

Buholz also finished with a bronze medal in mixed. Carole DeBruin/Berend Betz won the 55 mixed over Laura DiVittori/Philip Seeman.

Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Carole DeBruin (NED and Berend Betz (NED) XD55

Ros Nideffer/Leanne Swaysland of Australia won the doubles over the Argentine team of Beatrice Villaverde/Marcela Voyame.

Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Ros Balodis (AUS) and Leanne Swaysland (AUS) with Beatriz Villaverde (ARG) and Marcela Voyame (ARG) and Vicki V. Buholz (USA) WD55Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Ros Balodis (AUS) and Leanne Swaysland (AUS) WD55Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Ros Balodis (AUS) and Leanne Swaysland (AUS) WD55Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Beatriz Villaverde (ARG) and Marcela Voyame (ARG) WD55

The men’s 50s was won by Marco Filippeschi (ITA) over Martin Persson (SWE). In the all German doubles final, it appears that Ralph Schmucking/Rene Sturm beat Henrich Blasé/Karsten Braasch.

Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Karsten Braasch (GER), Martin Persson (SWE), Marco Filippeschi (ITA) and Carlos Costa Bou (ESP) MS50Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Ralph Schmucking (GER) and Rene Sturm (GER) MD50

Klaartje Van Baarle won the 50 singles over Ros Nideffer in straight sets. She didn’t drop a set all week.

Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Klaartje Van Baarle (BEL), Rosalyn Nideffer (USA) and Jenny Klitch (USA)

Marian Metola/Monica Patron beat Nideffer/Gretchen Rush for the doubles title.

Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Petra Dobusch (GER), Shabnam Siddiqi El Hatri (GER), Cristiane Tassi (BRA), Simone Vasconcellos-Calves (BRA), Gretchen Rush (USA) and Rosalyn Nideffer (USA) WD50

In mixed 50s, Monica Patron/Fernando De Marinas (ARG) beat Giliad Bloom/Yael Vitale Nadler (ISR). Americans Erika Smith/Tom Coulter were bronze medalists.

Nov 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Monica Liliana Patron (ARg0 and Fernando De Marinis (ARG) XD50 GoldNov. 10, 2017; Miami Beach, FL: Erika Smith (USA) (XD50) & Thomas Coulton (USA) (XD50)

Thanks once again to cameraworkusa and the Mullanes for the photos. Below is a photo from Michael Mehmedbasich (Susan Wright’s brother):

Cash, Shannon, Ross, Vicki, Rollin, not sure, Susan

Results are here (or will be soon).

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