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Michelle Karis posts upset to reach quarters at ITF Seniors World Championships

Jun 17, 2015
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Canada’s Michelle Karis advanced in two of her three events at the 2015 ITF Seniors Individual World Championships on Wednesday in La Baule, France, while the Canadian team, sponsored by Miele, saw its doubles streak end as the fourth day of play finished.

In the women’s over-55 event, Karis upset the No. 5 seed Irene Werneck to reach the quarter finals. After dropping the first set, Karis battled back to eliminate the Brazilian in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4). She will go head-to-head with No. 3 seed Ros Balodis in the final eight on Thursday. Karis was also successful in the women’s over-55 doubles alongside partner Cora Wills. The No. 6 seeds knocked out No. 4 seeds Heike Deda Kolata and Julie Fidler in three sets 6-3, 5-7, 10-7. Karis will again meet Australia’s Balodis and doubles partner Leanne Swaysland in the semifinals on Thursday.

On the men’s side, the over-55 doubles team of David Anderson and Marc Pepin advanced to the quarter-finals on a walkover after Pascal Coudin and Paul Torre withdrew. The No. 6 seeds will meet No. 3 seeds Mike Fedderly and Mike Tammen of the United States on Thursday.

The Canadians saw their runs end in mixed doubles. Wills and Robert Exell were knocked out of the over-55 mixed doubles by No. 3 seeds Wanda Howes and Paul Smith 6-3, 6-0. Karis and David Anderson suffered the same fate, getting eliminated by Aussies Leanne Scott and Eddie Myers 6-1, 6-2. In the over-60 mixed doubles, Canadians Christa Cameron and James Cameron fell in the quarter-finals to No. 5 seeds Sara Goddard and Colin Holgate 6-3, 6-0 on Wednesday.

The tournament continues on Thursday in La Baule, France. For the complete draws and results, please click here.