Play-off action at the ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships is in full swing in Umag, Croatia, and three of the five Canadian teams in competition on Thursday found success on the courts.
Canada’s Althea Gibson Cup team produced a 2-1 win over Sweden in the play-off battle for fifth to eighth- place. Eileen Clark kicked things off for Canada with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Margareta Ljunggren. Mary Ann Gaskin then clinched the tie with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Margareta Meldahl. In the doubles rubber, Canada couldn’t solve Ebba Leijonhufvud and Meldahl though, as the Swedish duo defeated Gillian Akins and Anne Rungi 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. However, Canada’s 2-1 win keeps them alive in the hunt for a fifth-place finish. They continue play-off action on Friday versus Switzerland.
The over-70 men competing for seventh place in the Jack Crawford Cup also took to the courts on Thursday. Canada recorded a 2-1 win over Australia. Bob Bardsley defeated Alan Walsh 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the first singles rubber. Then, Kenneth Dahl led Terry McLellan 6-1, before his Aussie opponent retired before the start of the second set. Up 2-0 and with the tie win already in hand, Canada fell in the doubles rubber. Donald McCormic and Claude Savaria lost to Reg Trevaskis and Walsh 7-6(2), 6-2. The Jack Crawford Cup team moves on to face team USA on Friday.
In Gardnar Mulloy Cup action, Canada hopes to capture a ninth-place finish in the men’s over-80 bracket. On Thursday, they faced Ukraine in their first play-off tie and won 3-0. Adrian Grice breezed past Leonid Stanislavskyi 6-0, 6-0 in the first rubber. Brahm Faber was up 6-0, 1-0 before Vladimir Ryabstev retired. Then, Faber and Grice teamed up to defeat Ryabstev and Stanislavskyi in the doubles rubber 6-0, 6-1 to complete the sweep. Canada hits the court again on Friday, when they take on Turkey.
Also in action on Thursday, the men’s over-65 Britannia Cup team fell to Ukraine 2-1 on Thursday. Canada squares off against the Netherlands on Friday for a chance to claim an 11th place finish.
The Kitty Godfree Cup team suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of New Zealand. The over-65 Canadian women will resume their run for a seventh-place finish against Poland on Saturday.
Two Canadian squads had the day off on Thursday to rest. The undefeated Doris Hart Cup team resumes their bid for first place on Friday versus Great Britain. The Bitsy Grant Cup team takes on Croatia for 13th – 18th place on Friday as well.
The 2016 ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships run from September 12-17 in Umag, Croatia. For the latest news, full draws, and updated results please visit the ITF Seniors tennis page here.