Klitch, Chandler, Buholz into Singles Semis in Umag; Moss, Fedderly, Saiki Advance in Men’s 60s

The Seniors World Championships are ongoing in Umag, Croatia this week. The tournament is scheduled to end Saturday (though most divisions may end by Friday).

Draws are here.

W55: Jenny Klitch is into the semis where she’ll face #2 seeded Lisa Prechtel of Netherlands. She beat Simone Vasconcellas 64 64 today.

WD55: Vicki Buholz/Gayle Prejean advanced to the semis.

X55: Tom Coulter/Klitch are in the quarters.

WS60: Fran Chandler had an easier time today advancing to the semis 62 62 than in her round of 16 match where she had to go three sets. She faces Helga Nauck in the semis; she lost to her in straight sets last week in the final of the team event. Her USA teammate and top seed Susan Wright had a tougher time, falling in straight sets to Tortorella of Italy in the quarters. Tortorella won the 60s in Barcelona in July. I watched her play…she’s very very smooth and very good…serve or hit anything short and the ball is going. Vicki Buholz won today against Laura deVittori, another Italian in a close two setter and faces Tortorella in the semis.

WD60: Chandler/Wright advanced to the semis today and play the 4th seeds tomorrow.

x60; Shannon Gordon-Carney is into the semis of mixed with a British partner. They face the #2 seeds tomorrow.

Fran Chandler after a tough win; Gayle Prejean; Gayle, Vicki Buholz, Fran and Susan Wright; Denise Saiki (the photographer) Fran and Susan.

WS50: Andrea Rice, the 12th seed, lost in the round of 16 to Anke Wurst.

WD 50: Rice/Klitch are in the doubles quarters. (If you re keeping track, Klitch has three matches tomorrow!)

MS60: Mike Fedderly ran the #7 seed, Gass, out of the tournament in three sets to reach the quarters. ; Mike Tammen had a tough loss to Norbert Henn in the round of 16; Stu Saiki won and faces the #4 seed next, and Bill Moss faces Anders Jarryd (former top 10 player and the top seed) in the quarters.

MD 60: Fedderly/Tammen are in the quarters. EDIT Alex Pier and Saiki are also in the men’s doubles quarters.

Mike Tammen showing his perfect backhand technique, Bill Moss’ running forehand; Stu Saiki; photos by Denise Saiki

There are a few players in consolation…but play starts for the most part tomorrow.