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  • Super Seniors Individuals Round Up: Fales Wins Three Titles at World Championships in Orlando

    The ITF Super Seniors Individual World Championships finished on Friday October 20th with a lot of excellent matches.

    Photos from the team event (new photos just added).

    Photos from the individuals.

    Draws for individuals

    Super Senior Blog Page

    Donna Fales won the 75 singles, doubles and mixed. She beat Heide Orth in the singles final, rallying from 51 down in the first set to win it in a tiebreak. Orth rallied to win the second set and led 2/0 in the third at which point Fales won the last six games to claim her third (or fourth) ITF singles title. That was only the warm up though. Orth and Fales took on the all-American team of Suella Steel and Charleen Hillebrand. The latter team won the first set and the second set was close throughout. Orth/Fales won it in a tiebreak and took the ensuing match tiebreak 10-8. It was a good match with lots of long rallies between Steel and Orth and finishing shots by Hillebrand and Fales. Fales then played the last match of the championships with Fred Drilling (a former UCLA player who was on the team with Arhur Ashe). They beat an Aussie pairing for the title.

    W75 singlesOrthW75 doublesSteel-001FalesHillebrand-00275 mixed

    The men’s 85s was won by George McCabe who was playing his 4th final at a world championship. It was his first singles title. He beat Max Byrne in a match tiebreak in the final. He combined later with John Powless to win the men’s doubles over Adrian Alle/Burns from Australia. The mixed was won by Byrne and Margaret Fisher.

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    George McCabeJohn Powless

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    The women’s 85 singles final was an all-Canadian affair with Muffie Grieve beating Rosie Asch in the final. Asch though won the doubles with Fisher over Margaret Canby/Angie Ray of the USA.

    W85 Singles, Asch, Grieve, FRenchW85 doubles Rosie AschCanbyAsch FisherRayW85 doubles champs Fisher AschRay Canby, 2nd W85

    The men’s and women’s 80s finals were both all-American matches. King Van Nostrand won his 12th (!) individual world singles title over Lester Sack and then combined with Peter Froehlich to win the doubles. Roz King beat her doubles partner, Dori DeVries to win the 80 singles and they were doubles semifinalists. Inge Weber, CAN and Dorothy Wasser, USA won the doubles title. Mixed went to Elizabeth Von Boemmel and Sylvio Linzbauer of GER over Jean Stevens/Evan Delarue of NZL.

    M80 doubles-001M80, King, SackW80 doubles-001W80 singles, Weber, King, DeVries80 mixed

    The men’s 75s was won by Eltjo Sasker of NED over Jaime Pinto Bravo from CHI in a battle of the top two seeds (though the 2nd seed won this encounter). In doubles, Michael Stewart/Fred Drilling, USA beat Aussies Bob Howe/Bruce Rehn62 67Devil 10-7 (match tiebreaks were used in all doubles and mixed matches).

    Drilling StewartDSC00767M75 doubles, drilling, Stewart, HowesM75 finalM75 singles

    The 70s men’s title went to Jose Camina Borda from Spain, who, though limping around all week, dominated the singles. Elle Krocke of NED won another singles championship, a three set battle over Sylvie Galfard of FRA. Galfard pulled a rabbit out of her hat the previous day against Brenda Carter, USA when she rallied from 0-4, ad out in the third set to win it 64! Carter though combined to win the doubles with Betty Wachob, USA. It was Wachob’s first world title. They beat Carol Campling AUS and Frances MacLennan GBR in the final. The men’s 70 doubles was also won by the American team of Jimmy Parker/Richard Johnson over Mark Cox/Richard Tutt. Johnson was supposed to play with Les Buck, who badly sprained his ankle during the team event and had to pull out. Jimmy pulled out of singles to play doubles and the rest is history. Mixed was won by Petro Kruger/Petr Kolacek over Campling/Alan Gooch.

    70 mixed-001Campling, CarolM70 singles, Camina Borda, KellerCamina Borda-001Keller-001Johnson, ParkerJohnsonW70 doubles-001

    In the 65s, the men’s final was a familiar face, Andrew Rae, who beat defending champion Bruno Renoult of France. The first set was a dogfight, won 76 (5) by Rae on at least his third set point (Renoult finally missed a drop shot!). The second went 61 to Rae.  Renoult didn’t go home without a title though…he teamed with Adrienne Avis of AUS to defend the mixed title they won in Umag. They beat Sandraw Tritt/Keith Porter in the final. Rae combined with American Daniel Grossman to win the 65 doubles over Ukranians Iurii Krolenko/Vladimir Nazarenko 62 61. Kerry Ballard/Sue Walter of AUS eased past Americans Molly Hahn/Judy Dixon. Dixon was playing in the world championships for the first time. They took out Karwasky/Kirkland-Cochran in the semis. Jana Sedlakova of CZE, who played Fed Cup for that country, earned her first win over Nora Blom and it was decisive, 60 62.

    And that’s a wrap on the ITF Super Seniors for 2017. Many thanks to the USTA, ITF, especially Hayley, Jo,  Michael, Marco and the rest of the hard working staff and volunteers.

    Photos from the team event (new photos just added).

    Photos from the individuals.

    Draws for individuals

    Super Senior Blog Page

  • George McCabe, Roz King & Muffie Grieve Win World Singles Titles in Orlando

    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!

  • ITF Super Senior Individual World Championships, Wednesday

    Photos from Individuals


    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.

    Adrienne AvisTina KarwaskyJana Sedlakova-001Nicole Hesse Cazeaux-001

    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).

    Sylvie Galfard FRA W70

    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.

    Bridgette Godfroid, FRA W75Donna Fales USA W75-001

    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.

    Dori DeVries USA W80-003Roz King


    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.

    Margaret Canby USA W85Muffie Grieve, CAN W85-002Rosie Asch W85 CAN-001

    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.

    Hammes, USA M80Herm Ahlers USA M80

    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.

    Fred Drilling-002

    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!

    Photos from Individuals


    Link to all photos from teams: Photos from Lake Nona of Players

    Click here for blogs about team event: Super Senior Cup Teams, Lake Nona, 2017- Players; Cup Information, Draws, Photos

  • USA Remains Undefeated after Two Days of Play

    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.


    Draws are here: https://seniortennisblog.com/2017/10/08/results-from-lake-nona-usta-national-campus-itf-super-seniors-world-team-championships/

    Photos are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/MAwTCNzsKS33A1SZ2

  • USTA Super Senior Teams Announced for Lake Nona

    The 2017 USA Super Senior Cup Teams have been announced. The teams will play in Lake Nona Florida October 8-13, 2017.