The ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships in Umag, Croatia are down to the play-off rounds, with the Canadian women’s over-65 team posting a 2-1 win over South Africa on Thursday to keep its hopes of a sixth-place finish alive.
Competing in the sixth to 10th place play-off, Canada’s Kitty Godfree Cup squad won the deciding doubles rubber over South Africa to advance to the semifinals. After South Africa jumped out ahead 1-0 following Canadian Jean Martin’s close 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 loss to Marlene Joubert, Mary-Ann Gaskin tied it up by posting a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 triumph over Coreen Guldenpfenning.
In the doubles, Gaskin teamed up with Patricia McLachlan to give Canada the overall win thanks to a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Yvonne Fichardt and Guldenpfenning. Canada will now next face Brazil, with the winner advancing into the final for the chance to play for sixth place.
In the men’s over-75 draw, Canada also picked up a win on Thursday. Defeating Croatia 3-0, the nation’s Bitsy Grant Cup group will now play Switzerland with the winner securing a final spot of 13th place. Against Croatia, Horst Dammholz beat Zlatko Leitner 6-0, 6-1, Guido Weber ousted Antun Vrabec 6-3, 6-4, and the pairing of Gaston Blais and Rene Roptin bested Croatians Vrabec and Mirko Zivkovic 6-2, 6-3.
The Canadian Britannia Cup team – in the men’s over-65 age group – fell to Sweden 3-0 in the first stage of the eighth to 14th place play-off. This means their best finish now could be 12th place. The squad, featuring Tim Griffin, Fernand Martin, Joe Forrayi, and John Payne, will face Norway on Friday.
Canada’s other two teams in Umag had byes and so did not compete on Thursday. The men’s over-70 Jack Crawford Cup team is playing in the eighth to 14th place play-off and will take on New Zealand in the semifinals while the men’s over-80 Gardnar Mulloy Cup group is playing for a best result of ninth place and will take on Switzerland in the semis.
For the complete draws, results, and schedules for the ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships, please visit the ITF website.