Jenny Klitch saw an opening this year, she trained hard and smart for the team and world championships and is now the 55 singles world champion. She beat Rosa Bielsa-Hierro, the #4 seed in the final 63 57 62 to win her first world title. She wasn’t done after that (even though she admitted she was exhausted afterwards)…she combined with Tom Coulton (USA) 64 26 10-7 to take the mixed 55 doubles titles too over Lisa Prechtel/Christian Greuter. Added to her two titles was a bronze (with Andrea Rice) in 50 doubles. Congratulations!
Coulton added the men’s 55 doubles gold to his mixed gold. He combined with Anders Jarryd to cruise through the doubles draw, winning the final 62 60 over the 4th seeds.
Vicki Buholz/Gayle Prejean won the 55 doubles 75 64 over unseeded Ekberg/Sekkenes (they took out the top seeds). But it was their remarkable semifinal won 14-12 in the match tiebreak which got them to the final. Vicki also reached the singles final, falling to Helga Nauck 60 63 (Nauck took out American Fran Chandler in three sets in the semis). Prejean was a consolation finalist in singles.
Chandler/Susan Wright lost to Nauck/Boeroecz 75 61 in the 60 doubles final. Shannon Gordon-Carney was a consolation finalist and 60 mixed semifinalist.
Mike Tammen/Mike Fedderly won the 60 doubles 60 62 over unseeded Jacques Hervet/Alain Coffe of France. Stu Saiki was a 60 singles semifinalist.
In summary, Americans who medaled in the individuals:
Jenny Klitch, Won W55S/55 Mixed; Bronze 50 doubles (with Andrea Rice)
Tom Coulton Won 55 Doubles (with Jarryd, SWE) and Mixed
Andrea Rice W50 doubles bronze
Vicki Buholz, Won W55 doubles (with Gayle Prejean); Final 60 singles
Gayle Prejean, Won 55 doubles (with Buholz)
Susan Wright: Final, 60 Doubles (with Chandler)
Fran Chandler: Final 60 doubles (with Wright) & 60 singles bronze
Stu Saiki: Bronze, 60 singles
Mike Fedderly/Mike Tammen: Gold 60 doubles
Congratulations all! And another shout out to Denise Saiki for all the great photos she’s sent me this week!