Wilder, Fishburne, Dailey Double at Worlds
Val Wilder won the men’s 45s singles, successfully defending his title, when John Chatlak, his American opponent was unable to take the court due to a back injury. Chatlak was a singles and doubles finalist here (with Egan Adams), while Wilder won the 45 singles and doubles (with Fedderly).
Diane Fishburne won her 4th and 5th world titles here. She won her third world singles title, and her first in the 50s, over Susan Wright 63 62. Wright has reached the quarters, semis and final at her last 3 world championships in singles, and reaching the final on her least favorite surface was a tremendous performance. However, Fishburne proved to be the class of the event, moving beautifully and turning defense into offense often. It was a bit windy today, but not enough to seriously affect play and it was quite warm.
Larry Turville fell again to Andrew Rae of Australia in straight sets in the 55s final, but won the doubles.
Danny Waldman won the 50 men’s singles final.
In all Americans won the following titles:
Women’s 35 doubles: Mary Dailey
Women’s 45 doubles: Mary Dailey/Diane Fishburne
Women’s 50 singles: Diane Fishburne
Women’s 50 doubles: Robin Harris/Carolyn Nichols
Men’s 45 singles: Val Wilder
Men’s 45 doubles: Mike Fedderly/Val Wilder
Men’s 50 singles: Dan Waldman
Men’s 55 doubles: Larry Turville/Neal Newman