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Canada finishes round-robin play at Super Seniors World Team Championships

Sep 23, 2015
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Round-robin play finished up at the ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships in Umag, Croatia on Wednesday, with the Canadian women’s over-65 team in the hunt for sixth place, the highest possible result for team Canada this year.

The only women’s team to compete this year for Canada, the nation’s Kitty Godfree Cup squad earned a 3-0 win over Finland on Wednesday to finish in second place in Group B. Jean Martin got Canada off to a winning start by posting a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Anna-Lisa Sahlman, while Mary-Ann Gaskin secured the victory with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Renata Tuomisto. Coby Dommasch and Patricia McLachlan then completed the sweep 6-3, 6-4 over Eila Jokinen and Pirkko Kuorikoski in the doubles duel.

Thanks to their win over Finland, the Canadian team will now play for a final position of sixth to 10th place.

Canada’s men’s over-65 team, featuring Joe Forrayi, Tim Griffin, Fernand Martin, and John Payne, defeated South Africa on Wednesday to also secure a second-place result in round-robin action and advance into a play-off for a potential final standing of eighth place.

In what was a battle for first place in Group F, Canada’s men’s over-70 Jack Crawford team lost to Great Britain 2-1 on Wednesday. Canadian Shaheer Mikhail opened with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Mark Cox before Henk Nijeboer evened it up for the Brits 6-4, 6-2 over John Tibbits. Great Britain then won the deciding doubles rubber, with Nigel Barker and Nijeboer capturing a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Mikhail and Tibbits. Canada will now be in the eighth-14th place play-off.

Both the men’s over-75 and over-80 teams finished at the bottom of their respective round-robin groups. The Bitsy Grant Cup team fell to the United States 3-0, France 2-1, and Sweden 2-1 in Group C. Its best finish now could be 13th place overall. In the Gardnar Mulloy Cup competition, which Canada won back in 2010, the country will play in the ninth to 13th place play-off.

For the complete draws, results, and schedules for the ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships, please visit the ITF website.