Today, October 19 was a great day for tennis at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. Muffie Grieve beat fellow Canadian Rosie Asch in the women’s 85 final. George McCabe won the men’s 85 title over Max Byrne (note corrected surname!)from AUS. He said it was his fourth final and first win. He’s in the doubles final tomorrow too. In an All American final, Roz King beat her friend and doubles partner, Dori DeVries to capture her second world title with a 64 64 win. They also reached the doubles semifinal (not final..that will take place Friday) where they fell to Canadian Inge Weber and Dorothy Wasser from Florida (those lobs…deadly!).
It was very windy and the players struggled in the wind, especially the smaller players.
in men’s 80s it will be an All American final as were the semis. King Van Nostrand easily moved past Gordon Hammes, but #2 seed Lester Sack dropped the first set to unseeded Herm Ahlers before prevailing in a match tiebreak.
Both women’s 65 matches were terrific. Nora Blom, NED, rallied from a set down to beat Adrienne Avis AUS. Kerry Ballard, AUS had a set point in the second set against Jana Sedlacova from CZE but failed to convert and fell 75 76. Blom is seeking her second straight world title.
Bruno Renoult beat Larry Turville, moving brilliantly and slicing and dicing his much taller opponent.
Peter Keller, AUS advanced to the men’s 75 singles final, taking out Flor, ESP.
IN men’s 70s, Camina Borda advanced when Ken Dahl retired with a bad leg.
In women’s 70s, Sylvie Galfard (who took out Brenda Carter) will play Elle Krocke NED (I think).
In women’s 75, the final between doubles partners Donna Fales and Heide Orth, both former tour players will take place tomorrow.
There were lots of doubles results too…more in a day or two with photos!
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Wednesday morning this was the weather:
Wednesday afternoon it changed to this:
So there’s now no play till 4:30 pm, but there was quite a bit of play before the rain this morning.
In the 65s, Adrienne Avis (Main) upset Tina Karwasky in two tight sets 76(5) 64. Adrienne moved well, dropshotted well and volleyed well. Jana Sedlackova, CZE beat Nichole Hesse Cazaux in straight sets 60 63. Nora Blom (NED), defending champion, beat Helen Worland (AUS) 61 76(6)and #2 seed Kerry Ballard beat Judy Dixon, USA 61 60 to complete the final 4.
In the women’s 70s, Elle Krocke, the top seed from Netherlands, edged Frances Maclennan (GBR) in three sets. Maclennan got going after losing the first 8 games, and commented that Krocke was flawless up till then. Mary Ann Gaskin, CAN was in a battle with June Peck, GBR which June won 76 (9) 63. The remaining matches are unfinished in this division. Brenda Carter (USA) is down a set but up 2/0 40/0 against Sylive Galfard-Kirsetn (FRA). Petro Kruger (RSA) is playing Carol Gay (USA).
In the women’s 75, Donna Fales is up 64 42 against Brigitte Godfroid (FRA). Heide Orth (GER) the top seed, beat Charleen HIllerbrand 62 63.
In the 80s it will be an All-American final since Dori DeVries (USA) took out Inge Weber (CAN), the defending world champion 46 64 (10-2). It was the second win this year for DeVries over Weber. DeVries will play her doubles partner, Roz King (USA) for the world singles title. King beat Carol Wood (USA) 61 36 (10-5) to advance in a drop shot filled semifinal.
For the 85s, it will be another North American final, but for that division it’s an all-Canadian final between Doris Hart Cup teammates Muffie Grieve and Rosie Asch. Grieve beat Margaret Canby (USA) 61 62 while Asch (the defending champion) took out #2 seeded Yvette Laubus (FRA) 60 60.
In men’s play George McCabe, the #3 seed, took out Henri Cruchet (FRA), 64 26 (10-2). He will play Max Byrne (AUS) the #4 seed. Byrne upset top seeded John Powless (USA) 64 36 (10-7).
In the men’s 80s, Herm Ahlers (USA) is playing the last men’s QF against Andreas Seeholzer (GER) and leads by a set and 3-1. Gordon Hammes (USA) upset Herbert Althaus (GER), the #3 seed 62 75. King Van Nostrand the top seed and defending champion beat Kevin Crump (AUS) 60 61. Lester Sack (USA) beat Silvio Linzbauer 5-0 ret.
In the men’s 75, Jaime Pinto Bravo (CHI) beat Ernst-Gunter Ehmke 60 60. Henk Nijeboer (GBR) allowed Fred Driling (USA) only a game. Eltjo Sasker (NED) beat Henry Steinglass (USA) 61 61. Steven Lunsford (USA) though did score a win for the host country, beating Bob Howes (AUS) the #3 seed 64 63.
In men’s 70s, Ken Dahl (CAN) took out Jamie Pressly (USA) 76(5) 64. Jorge Camina Borda (ESP) the top seed, beat Richard Tutt (GBR) 62 61. There are 2 uncompleted matches, Peter Keller (AUS) vs Steve Gottlieb (USA) and Luis Flor de la Morena (ESP) vs Ramior Benavides Saravia (BOL) the #2 seed.
In men’s 65, Andrew Rae (AUS), the #2 seed, won by default over Alain Vaysset (FRA). Torsetn Hansson (SWE) beat Tom Smith (USA) 46 51 ret. Padg Bolton (USA) is playing Bruno Renoult (FRA). Larry Turville (USA) is taking on VIttorio Costella (ITA).
The singles should be completed tonight if there’s no further rain (no guarantees, check with the tournament). The sun is out now!
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The USA continued its success at the USTA National Campus Wednesday, winning matches in all four women’s divisions, 65, 70, 75 & 80. The USA men won in the men’s 65 & 80’s; the men’s 85 are already in the final.
The men’s 75 lost yesterday but won today. The men’s 70 fell 2/1 to Australia.
The women’s 70, 75 & 80 and men’s 80 have the day off today; the women’s & men’s 65?play the semis at 8 am.
USA Teams took the “super” part of Super Senior World Team Championships seriously…they played super at the USTA National campus this week. All but the men’s 75 advanced to the medal rounds today. The men’s 70 played Zimbabwe, knowing that they had won the four team round robin before playing them. That didn’t stop them from a great effort, with Dean Corley and Les Buck taking the doubles point after Jimmy Parker tied up the match at 1/1 with his singles win.
The USA Kitty Godfree Cup team swept Japan. Wendy McColskey lost only 2 points in her win at #2 singles.
The USA women’s 70 team had a day off before they face South Africa tomorrow.
The USA women’s 75 team finished their round robin with a sweep of Argentina.
The USA women’s 80 team also advanced with a 3/0 win over Germany. Roz King scored a decisive win over world #1 Van Boemmel at #1 singles.
The USA men’s 65 team dominated Croatia, losing only four games in the three matches played.
The men’s 80 team took out France 3/0
The men’s 85 swept Great Britain.
The men’s 75 fell to Netherlands 2/1.
Photos are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/MAwTCNzsKS33A1SZ2
The USA won 3/0 in the Bitsy Grant Cup (men’s 75) over Argentina and also won 3/0 against Argentina in the Althea Gibson Cup (women’s 70).
It was a really hot and humid day again with the “feels like” temperature hovering around 100…humidity will do that to you. However, the players are resilient and smart, pacing themselves so that no one fell ill.
The day started with the exciting finish to the Austria/France Men’s 65 match. Harald Hellmonseder (AUT) was up 63 54 40-15 last night as the skies threatened. Bruno Renoult (FRA) saved the first match point with a net cord. On the next point Harald faulted and then it started POURING down rain. They resumed play at 8:30 today. And on the second match point, Bruno hit a second net cord winner on a passing shot! Harald hit and ace but match point #3 came and went, but it was 4th time lucky, as the Austrian was successful with a serve and volley to seal the upset over #2 seeded France. Austria beat Mexico later in the day but the #1 singles was a three setter.
Most of the seeds were off today except for those in groups of four.
Here’s some photos from today’s matches.
USA Althea Gibson Cup Team Upsets Top Seeded Great Britain on Day 1 of ITF Super Senior World Team Championships
The USA Women’s 70 team, led by captain Brenda Carter, upset top seeded and defending champions Great Britain on a steamy hot Day 1 of the 2017 ITF Super Senior World Team Championships. Carol Clay won a bruising first set at #2 singles 76 and an easier set 2 to set the stage for the #1 singles. Carter also won a lengthy first set against her very hot (temperature wise) opponent before sealing the deal in straight sets. Leslie Pixley/Sue Kimball won the doubles in 3 sets (lots of lobs in that one).
Also in the 70s, RSA had to rally from a point down to beat Sweden 2/1, with Petro Krueger taking the singles and doubles points.
In contrast, the second seeded USA Kitty Godfree Cup (65) cruised past Belgium. The USA has two members of last year’s victorious Alice Marble Cup team (W60), Wendy McColskey at #2 and Tina Karwasky at #1, both of whom won efficiently, Vicky McEvoy made her Cup debut in the 65s and teamed with Molly Hahn to win the doubles.
The top seeded Queens Cup team won 3/0 against Canada led by Cathie Anderson at #2 and Char Hillebrand at #1. Suella Steel (captain) and Susanne Clark won the doubles point.
Dori DeVries won at #2 and Roz King at #1 in the Doris Hart Cup (against France) before Carol Wood/Burnett Herrick took the doubles point. USA is the top seed and defending champion.
The Men’s 65, led by Larry Turville at #1 and Dave Sivertson at #2 beat Argentina 3/0. Lenny Wofford/Paul Wulf won the doubles. The men’s 65 are the top seeds.
Austria was on the verge of upsetting France when the rain, thunder and lightning commenced. Austria was up a match and will be serving up a set and 5/4 40-30 2nd serve when play resumes tomorrow.
The men’s 70 took on Sweden. Seeded 5, they beat Sweden 3/0. Jimmy Parker won at #1 singles.
In the men’s 75, USA have won both singles but were rained out before the doubles could finish. Joe Bachmann and Fred Farzanegan played singles
In the men’s 80, USA beat Argentina 3/0 behind King Van Nostrand at #2 and Lester Sack at #1. Hayes/Hammes won the doubles point
In the debut men’s 85, USA easily beat Argentina 3/0. John Powless and George MCCabe (at #2) won the doubles; Joe Russell/Clem Hopp took the doubles point.
Photos are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/MAwTCNzsKS33A1SZ2
Please click on the links below to view the latest results for the 2017 ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships.
Captains’ Meetings: Check; Opening Ceremony: Check; Official Dinner: Check; the 2017 ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships are now open and ready for play.
What’s new: an as of yet unnamed Men’s 85 Cup which is on trial this year. There are six teams in this Cup led by the USA and Australia who are the top seeds.
The opening ceremony went off without a hitch…the timing at 4pm was good…just as it finished there was a downpour.
There are nine cups being played on 32 courts. Six will start between 8:30 and 9am and the other three will start at 2pm.
Draws have been made but I’ll link them sometime tomorrow. The information should be up at itftennis.com/seniors.
Here are a few photos: