US Players Take Home World Titles in Perth

Fred Farzanegan, King Van Nostrand and Rita Price (unseeded!) won world singles titles in Perth on Saturday. In doubles the US was even more impressive, particularly on the men’s side, winning the men’s 60s (Brian Cheney and parter), 65s (Fred Drilling and partner), 70s (George Sarantos/Bob Duesler), 80s (Tony Franco and Graydon Nichols, their third in 4 years), women’s 75s (Mary Boswell/Lee Burling.

In the men’s 70s, Farzanegan was seeded fourth, and overcame a slow start (he dropped the first set 61) in the final against 10th seeded Bruce Rehn of Australia. Rehn dominated highly regaded Peter Froehlich in the round of 16. It was Farzanegan’s first world singles title and first grass court title, a great accomplishment for a player known more for his accomplished clay court play. The US completed a sweep in the 70s when George Sarantos/Bob Duesler, seeded third,  won the doubles. They had to overcome 2008 doubles champion King Van Nostrand and Froehlich the 2nd seeds,  in the semis, their toughest match, won 26 63 76 before winning the final more convincingly over Clive Hutchings/Rob Petchey, who were the 7th seeds. (The top seeds pulled out before play began and were replaced with Hutchings/Petchey, leaving the top two remaining seeds on the same side of the draw.)

In the 75s, Van Nostrand, as expected won the singles, beating his Bitsy Grant Cup teammate, John Powless, in the final 75 61. Powless and Dick Doss reached the doubles final, but were upset there by the fourth seeds, Lorne Main/Gordon Verge, of Canada, 76 63.

In 60 doubles, Brian Cheney won the doubles with Great Britain’s John Paish.

In the 65 doubles, Fred Drilling and Henry Michael of Australia, the 2nd seeds upset the defending champions, Jimmy Parker/Ken Robinson in the final 63 64.

In the 80s, Graydon Nichols and Tony Franco won their third world doubles title in the past four years, beating Harward Hillier/Doug Corbett all three times (and losing to Corbett/Hillier in the fourth year). They won in straight sets for a change, 64 63. Hillier however won the singles title in three tough sets over American Clem Hopp who had a fine performance on the grass, his least favorite surface.

The US women had a tougher time in the individuals. The irrepressible Rita Price, who loves grass, won her first world singles title, unseeded, beating Elsie Crowe, the 2007 world champion, in the semis 62 64 and then Betty Howard, also unseeded, 61 64 in the final.

Mary Boswell and Lee Burling won the 75 doubles title over top seeded Peg Hoysted/Margaret Robinson 75 62. Mary lost to Robinson in the final of the singles, 75 64.

Heide Orth won the 65 doubles with Petra Krueger over Heather McCay/Helen Muir of Australia in a topsy-turvy match 62 06 61, but fell to Elle Krocke in the singles final, 76 62. Krocke sailed to the final whereas Orth had to work very hard to overcome Krueger in the semis 26 76 62.

Martha Downing/Kathy Bennett reached the 60 doubles final where they lost to the legendary Elizabeth Allan and Kerry Ballard. Downing was a semifinalist in singles, losing to Ballard, unseeded, who went on to beat unseeded Allan in the final.

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