Taras Beyko’s silver medal performance on Saturday at the ITF Young Seniors World Individual Championships highlighted a series of impressive results for the Canadian contingent competing in Cape Town, South Africa.
Montreal’s Beyko was defeated 6-3, 6-1 by No. 1 seed Martin Hilpert of the Netherlands in Saturday’s men’s singles over-45 championship match in the suburban neighbourhood of Rondebosch. Beyko brings home the silver medal after a testing week of competition and conditions.
The 49-year-old dominated a draw of mostly younger competitors and reached the final without dropping a single set. It was against his Dutch opponent on Saturday that Beyko surrendered his only two sets of the tournament.
The second-place finish should come as no consolation prize for Beyko, who in addition to an extremely impressive week of tennis in the Individual World Championships, won bronze with Canada’s Dubler Cup contingent in the team portion of the World Championships the week before.
But Beyko isn’t the only Canadian bringing home some new hardware from Cape Town. Three other Canucks claimed medals at the World Championships. Christina Popescu won two bronzes, one coming alongside Leigh Bradwell in the women’s over-35 doubles event. Popescu also captured a third-place finish in the mixed over-35’s double event with Mathieu Gigeure.
The ITF Young Seniors World Individual Championships ran from March 25- April 1 in Cape Town, South Africa. For full results and completed draws, please visit the official tournament website.