The winning streak of Canada’s Doris Hart Cup team at the 2016 ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships was finally snapped. In Friday’s semifinal match versus Great Britain, the over-80 Canadian women lost their first rubber in Umag, Croatia.
Canada fell 2-1 to Great Britain in a competitive play-off tie. Britain’s Alma Acourt came out charging and was too much for Evelyn Hustwit to handle, taking the first singles rubber 6-1, 6-4. Inge Weber regained control for Canada in the next singles tie. Weber defeated June Pearce 6-1, 6-1 to even up the tie and force a deciding doubles rubber.
Weber teamed up with Muffie Grieve to take on the British duo of Pearce and Sally Beeley. Though the Canadians came close, they were ultimately defeated 7-6(1), 6-3. Now, the Doris Hart Cup team, champions from 2011-2014, competes for a third-place finish on Saturday. They face France in the bronze-medal match.
In the battle for 13th place, Canada’s Bitsy Grant Cup team produced a 2-0 win over Croatia on Friday. Horst Dammholz posted a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Slavko Raseberger to put Canada ahead 1-0.
Then, Shaheer Mikhail secured the tie with his 6-0, 6-2 win over Antun Zvonimir Vrabec. The dead doubles rubber was not played. The Canadian over-75 men take on Japan on Saturday to decide who finishes in 13th place.
Rain postponed play-off action for the remaining age categories. Canada’s Althea Gibson Cup team, Jack Crawford Cup team, Gardnar Mulloy Cup team, Britannia Cup team, and Kitty Godfree team will all resume play on Saturday.
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.