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Team Canada kicks off individual play at ITF Seniors World Championships

Jun 16, 2015
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

After finishing the team championships last week, play at the 2015 ITF Seniors World Individual Championships kicked off on Sunday in La Baule, France. The team, sponsored by Miele, finished the second day of play with the majority of Canadians advancing.

After a bye into the second round, No. 8 seed Denis Dumas downed Sweden’s Harald Kjessler in straight sets 6-4, 6-0 on Monday in the men’s over-50 main draw. He will face France’s Pierre Gavriloff on Tuesday for a chance to advance to the fourth round. Also in the men’s over-50 draw, Canada’s Graham Watt upset No. 14 seed Herve Burgue of France 7-5, 6-1. Watt will play Udo Zirden of Germany on Tuesday. Fellow Canadians Imran Syed and Stephen Kimoff were eliminated in the second round.

In the women’s over-50, Janet Bulger continued her win streak, defeating Monika Rajska 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. She will meet Australian Wendy Armstrong in the second round on Tuesday.

The women in the over-55 singles draw are off to a successful start. No. 15 seed Susanna Sekely defeated Ingrid Bruckner 6-4, 6-2. She will face Elizabeth Eden of Great Britain on Tuesday. Michelle Karis handed New Zealander Jeanette Elley a double bagel to advance to the next round and will go up against American Kim Reed on Tuesday. No. 11 seed Madeleine Berube will have her first match of the tournament after a first-round bye when she faces Sylvie Primault of France on Tuesday. Cora Wills, the No. 14 seed, will also join her fellow Canadians in the second round after a first-round bye and will play Elana Alberts of South Africa on Tuesday.

Robert Exell has advanced to the third round in the men’s over-55 draw. On Sunday he downed Lawrence Webster of Great Britain in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. He repeated his success on Monday, eliminating Australia’s Robert McGuigan 6-2, 6-4. Exell will face Brazil’s Amadeu Facanha on Tuesday for a chance to move to the fourth round. Fellow Canadian Marc Pepin will join Exell in the third round after defeating France’s Sylvijan Kalebdjian 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday. Pepin faced a tougher match when he eliminated wild card entrant Patrick Marteijn 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. He will face Javier Molina Ramos of Spain on Tuesday.

In the men’s over-60 draw, Keith Porter has been on a roll, breezing past Spain’s Ramon Lopez Rojo and Aussie David Padgham in the first and second rounds, handing each of them double bagels. He will face the No. 4 seed, Bruno Renoult, in the third round on Tuesday.

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