While rain washed out numerous final matches at the ITF Super Seniors Team World Championships, two Canadian teams managed to find the silver lining on Friday following a busy week in Orlando, Florida.
Canada’s Doris Hart Cup team walked away with the silver medal, after falling to the United States 2-1 in the women’s over-80 championship match.
The Canadians competing for the Men’s 85 Cup met a similar fate against their American opponents. They also claimed second place with Friday’s 2-1 loss in the final.
Evelyn Hustwit opened up action for the Canadians in the gold medal round. She fell in straight sets to American Dori Devries, before Hustwit’s teammate Inge Weber evened up the score with a 7-5, 6-3 defeat of Roz King. It came down to a deciding doubles rubber, in which Rosemarie Asch and Grieve fell to 2-6, 5-7 to the American duo of Burnett Herrick and Carol Wood. While the aim was gold, the Canadian over-80 ladies did improve on their 2016 result, a bronze medal, with this year’s second place finish.
The Men’s 85 Team Cup action saw the United States strike first in the first singles rubber. Bob Bedard levelled the rubber at 1-1 before heading into doubles alongside Mhammed El-Akhbari. The gold medal dreams were dashed, as the pair fell in straight sets to Americans George McCabe and John Powless. However for the team, a silver medal is a happy souvenir to mark the inaugural year for the new men`s division.
A number of Canadians still remain in Lake Nona, despite the end of the Team portion of competition. The ITF Super Seniors Individual World Championships kicked off over the weekend on October 15 and run until October 21.
Rosie Asch, Inge Weber, Muffie Grieve, Mary Ann Gaskin, Micheline Berry, Kenneth Dahl, Fernand Martin, and Donald McCormick all remain alive in the main singles draw of their respective divisions.
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