Canadians into semifinals at Super Senior World Championships
September 20, 2012

With the Super Senior World Individual Championships now down to the semifinals in Umag, Croatia, Canada has a great shot at capturing multiple titles as its players remain in contention for seven different events.

In the 80-age category, Canada has continued its dominance with competitors still alive in men’s singles and both the women’s singles and doubles draws. Defending champion Lorne Main is into the final four in the individual tournament with a 6-1, 6-2 quarter-final victory over Sven Pewe of Sweden. Standing in his way of a return to the final is Australian Adrian Alle. Main will not be able to try for three titles though as he lost in the quarter-finals of the 60-age group mixed doubles with girlfriend Adrienne Avis of Australia, and in the 80 men’s doubles with fellow Canadian Ken Sinclair.  

On the women’s side, 2011 winner Rosemarie Asch and compatriot Muffie Grieve already booked their singles semifinals places a day earlier. Thursday was not an off day however, as Asch assured herself a spot in the doubles final four as well. She and Doris Hart Cup teammate Huguette Fontaine defeated countrywoman Joyce Cutts and British partner Rita M. Ronn 6-1, 7-6(2) in the 80-age quarter-finals. Grieve fell in her own doubles match though, as she and Australian Margaret Robinson lost 6-4, 6-4 in the 75-age draw to Dori Devries and Carol Wood of the United States.

In the 65-age category, Kenneth Dahl fell in the singles quarter-finals to No. 3 seed Peter Adrigan of Germany 6-0, 6-1. Dahl still has a shot at a title though, as he advanced into the semifinals in men’s doubles alongside Australian partner Michael Pyne with a 7-6(4), 6-3 win over two other players from Down Under, Ian Davis and Wayne Hassett. Dahl and Pyne will take on No. 7 pair Keith Bland of Great Britain and American David Nash for a spot in the championship match. Another Canadian was unable to join the final four, as Donald McCormick and his teammate Alan Gooch of Australia lost to Swiss pair Rene Bortolani and Petr Kolacek 6-4, 6-4 in the quarters.

In the women’s 75-category, Inge Weber has dominated her part of the singles draw so far, dropping just 10 games through four matches. She booked a spot in the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Wood and will next challenge the tournament’s top seed, Devries.

Two all-Canadian mixed doubles teams are also just two wins away from the world title. While the 75-age duo of Gordon Verge and Cutts earned their semifinal place on Wednesday, the 70-age pair of Louise Langston and Ali Bacha joined them a day later by winning their quarter-final battle 6-2, 6-7(6), 10-8 over Brazilian Maria Luisa Guimaraes and Argentine Leonardo Palacios. They will play Australians Mary King and Maurice Broom in the semifinals.

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