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Women’s over-55 shooting for Top 5 finish at ITF Seniors World Team Championships

Jun 10, 2015
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Team Canada wrapped up round-robin play at the 2015 ITF Seniors World Team Championships in La Baule, France on Wednesday, seeing the women triumph and the men fall a little short. The team, sponsored by Miele, finished day three of the event by winning two of its five ties.

After falling to the USA on Monday, the women’s over-55 squad redeemed themselves with a 2-1 win over Sweden. Canada’s Michelle Karis fell to Marianne Robertson Fornstedt in a three-set tiebreak 4-6, 7-5, 6-7(5). Bouncing back in the second singles rubber, Canadian Erin Boynton downed Charlotte Holm Keller in straight sets 6-0, 6-1. In the deciding doubles rubber, Boynton alongside Cora Wills, defeated Holm Keller and Robertson Fornstedt 6-2, 7-5, to give Canada the win.

The Maureen Connelly Cup squad will now play Germany on Thursday for the chance to finish inside the Top 5.

In the Alice Marble Cup, the women’s over-60 team won its second tie 2-1 over Sweden. After dropping the first set, Canada’s Louise Moulin rallied back to defeat Edith Nordin 2-6, 7-5, 6-3. Doubles team Christa Cameron and Janice Holloway defeated Sweden’s Gunilla Berg and Maria Laftman 6-2, 6-1 to win the tie for team Canada in the deciding rubber.

The undefeated men’s over-55 squad saw their streak end on Wednesday when they fell to Netherlands 2-1. The Canadians’ sole win came from Robert Exell and Marc Pepin who took just over two hours to defeat Patrick Marteijn and Jan-Peter Noordermeer in three sets 1-6, 6-4, 5-7. Exell and Pepin won all three of their rubbers during round-robin. Team Canada will face Belgium on Thursday for a chance to finish in the Top 10.

In the men’s over-60 competition, Canada fell to Great Britain 2-1. Great Britain has gone undefeated in round-robin play. Sydney Azancot and Keith Porter defeated Britain’s Martin Cornish and Jeremy Trafford 6-4, 6-4 to secure Canada’s lone win of the day in the Von Cramm Cup and Britain’s sole loss throughout the round-robin. Canada, who has a bye into the semifinals of their play-off group, will face either Finland or South Africa on Thursday when they fight for a possible 13th-place finish.

The men’s over-50 team fell to France 3-0 in a disappointing showing where the team failed to claim a single set. France has gone undefeated in round-robin play without dropping a set. Canada will now face Denmark on Thursday for a chance at winning its play-off group and claim the 15th spot.

Play-offs will start on Thursday in La Baule, France. For the complete draws and results, please click here.