Canada’s Doris Hart Cup squad is off to an impressive start at the ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships in Umag, Croatia. The over-80 Canadian women dominated against Germany on Tuesday to win their second tie in as many days. Canada recorded a 3-0 win thanks to a complete team effort.
Evelyn Hustwit led the charge with her 6-0, 6-0 victory over Gertrud Zubeil to take the first rubber and give Canada the early lead. Inge Weber followed suit in the second singles rubber. Weber defeated Annemarie Theyson 6-1, 6-2 to secure the win for the Canadians. In the doubles rubber, Muffie Grieve teamed up with Hustwit to earn the final victory of the day, as they delivered a 6-1, 6-0 loss to the German team of Zubeil and Hannelore Pagels.
Tuesday’s 3-0 result comes on the heels of another shutout victory for Canada. The Doris Hart Cup team defeated Ukraine by the same score on Monday in Group B round-robin action. Hustwit, Weber, and Grieve only dropped one set en route to their opening-tie win.
Heavy favourites to win their category, the Doris Hart Cup team returns after missing last year’s competition. Before that, however, Canada’s over-80 women captured the world title for four consecutive years, from 2011-2014. Their quest for another title continues on Wednesday, when Canada faces an undefeated French squad.
Also in action in Umag on Tuesday was the Kitty Godfree Cup team. The over-65 Canadian women took on Croatia. Paddy Mann opened up the tie with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Dusica Mamic Madzarac before Jean Martin beat Djurdjica Anisic 6-3, 6-1 in the second singles rubber. Finally, Jandi Fraser and Linda Negulic capped off the sweep with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over the Croatian team of Slavica Cosovic Bajic and Gizela Senci.
The win comes after a 3-0 win over Ukraine on Monday. Mann opened up the tie with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Tetyana Petrovska in the opening singles rubber. Martin then ousted Elvira Palshyna 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 before Fraser and Negulic partnered up in the doubles rubber to defeat Halyna Khomenko and Palshyna 6-1, 6-0.
The Kitty Godfree Cup team gears up to take on the Americans on Wednesday. Team USA heads into the match-up against their northern neighbours with a spotless record in their two rubbers played.
The men’s over-65 Britannia Cup team faced off against Austria in their world team championships opener. Canada defeated Austria 2-1 on Tuesday in Umag. Austria’s Wolfgang Erber took the first singles rubber after defating Allard Cote 6-2, 7-6(6). Joe Forrayi looked to even up the score as he faced Oskar Heider in the second singles rubber. Despite losing the first set, Forrayi rebounded to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 over Heider. Then Forrayi teamed up with Rosti Brankovsky to defeat Helmut Ritter and Max Schwelberger 6-2, 7-6(1) in the deciding doubles rubber to give Canada the win. They’ll face France on Wednesday.
Canada’s Jack Crawford Cup team breezed past Sweden 3-0 on Tuesday. The over-70 Canadian men did not drop a set in the contest. Donald McCormick and Kenneth Dahl supplied both rubber wins in the singles categories. Then, Dahl paired up with Bob Bardsley to capture the doubles duel. On Monday, Canada fell to France in their tournament opener. Canada’s only victory in the 2-1 loss came from Dahl’s 6-1, 6-1 triumph over France’s Patrice Beust in the second singles event.
Canada’s Althea Gibson Cup team fell to Team USA 3-0 on Tuesday. The over-70 Canadian women couldn’t solve a powerful American squad in their opening match, but will look to get back on track when they take on Great Britain on Wednesday.
The men’s over-75 Bitsy Grant Cup team took on France on Tuesday. Canada fell to their French opponents 2-1. The loss follows their 3-0 defeat to Germany on Monday.
In Gardnar Mulloy Cup action, Canada lost their opening tie to South Africa 2-1 on Tuesday. Brahm Farber’s singles rubber was the only win of the day for the over-80 Canadian men but they look shake it off on Wednesday when they take on Australia.
The 2016 ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships runs from September 12-17 in Umag, Croatia. For the latest news, full draws, and updated results please visit the ITF Seniors tennis page here.