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Canada has double shot at gold at Super Seniors World Championships

Oct 12, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
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As action at the 2017 ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships wraps up, two Canadian teams have found themselves in a prime position for Friday’s final day of competition. The over-80 women’s team and over-85 men continue to chase the gold medal in Orlando, Florida.

The Canadian over-85 men will take on Team USA in the championship round. Brahm Faber, Bob Bedard, and Mhammed El-Akhbari make up the team who went undefeated during round robin action earlier in the week. Canada clinched victories over No. 2 seeds Australia and Sweden, and only dropped one rubber between both matches.

Their opponents, the No. 1 seeded Americans, posted a pristine record throughout the tournament’s early action. What is set to be an exciting match is scheduled for Friday, with the winner taking home gold.

The over-80 Canadian women asserted their dominance during the week as well. Captain Inge Weber, Muffie Grieve, Evelyn Hustwit, and Rosemarie Asch once again posted impressive performances in Doris Hart Cup action.

Canada won both their round-robin matches versus Argentina and the Ukraine. Canada also finds themselves taking on their southern neighbours for the title. Facing off against the United States, the team is hungry for gold after capturing the bronze medal at last year’s tournament.

The Canadian Queens Cup team will play for ninth place in the women’s over-75 event. The team fell in Wednesday’s semifinal to Australia 3-0.  Canada’s over-65 women will play for 13th place in Kitty Godfree Cup on Friday. The over-70 women compete for 9th place in Althea Gibson Cup action.

In Britannia Cup action, Canada’s over-65 men will play for 13th place in the men’s over-65 division; the over-75 men will also go for 13th place in Bitsy Grant Cup division. The over-70 men will compete for 5th place in the Jack Crawford Cup, while the over-80 men look to secure a 9th place finish on Friday.

The 2017 ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships run from October 8-13 in Orlando, Florida. For up-to-date scores, draws, and order-of-play, please visit the official ITF website.