31 Mar Seniors World Team Championships: Day 1 Results
Seniors World Team Championships: Day 1 Results
Team Ireland played their first match in Mexico yesterday in the Italia Cup for men of the thirty-five category, facing off against Estonia in the second group of the round robin tournament. Ireland was unfortunate to lose to the Estonians 1-2, earning their only victory in the doubles, where Colm Og Molloy and Justin Purcell defeated Bruno Loit and Ivar Troost on a scoreline of 6-4 7-6(5). In the singles, Colm Og Molloy was defeated by Troost 7-5 2-6 3-6 and Travis McDonagh lost to Loit 5-7 6-3 5-7. Ireland’s next match in the Italia Cup will be against Germany.
Ireland also played yesterday in the Tony Trabert Cup for men of the forty category, suffering a defeat by South Africa in the second group, 0-3. Liam Cassidy represented Ireland in the number one singles, but unfortunately lost to Wayne Faver 2-6 0-6. In the number two singles, Alan Donnelly was defeated by Owen McIntyre on a scoreline of 0-6 2-6. In the doubles, Cassidy teamed up with Niall Murphy against McIntyre and Abdul Maliek Cassiem, but the South Africans were victorious, winning 5-7 3-6. Team Ireland will face off against second seeded France in its second match. France defeated Switzerland yesterday 3-0.
Ireland was victorious in its first match of the Dubler Cup. Ireland was up against Canada in the sixth group of the round robin tournament and defeated them 2-1. Liam O’Brien set the tone in the number one singles, defeating Oliver Kraut 6-2 6-3. O’Brien then teamed up with his countryman Neil Wilson to defeat Kraut and Hugh Kwok 4-6 6-3 7-6(3). Des Dillion was unfortunate to suffer a number two singles loss to Denis Dumas 2-6 2-6.
Victory continued for Ireland in the Fred Perry Cup, where they defeated the Swiss 2-1 in group three of the fifty category. Tony Davidson led the way in the number one singles, defeating Herbert Gloor 6-2 7-5, while Tom Barry was defeated by Gregor Naef in the second singles on a scoreline of 7-5 2-6 4-6. In the doubles, Tadgh O’Connell and William Noteman teamed up against Ruedi Buergi and Herbert Gloor and were victorious, 6-3 6-3.
In the Austria Cup, Spain proved to be too much for the men of the fifty-five category. The fifth seeded Spanish defeated team Ireland 0-3 in group three. Neagle Cathcart was defeated 2-6 4-6 in the number one singles, while Conor Woods suffered a 1-6 0-6 defeat by Jose Cambra. In the doubles, the Spanish duo of Jorge Camina and Sixto Cambra were victorious over Jimmy Wilson and Bryan Bailie, defeating the Irish on a scoreline of 0-6 0-6.
The women’s veterans teams faced tough competition in Mexico City yesterday. In the first group of the Suzanne Lenglen Cup for women of the thirty-five category, Ireland was defeated by Luxembourg 2-1. Deirdre Collins suffered a singles loss to Tanja Suennen 3-6 6-3 3-6. Jennifer Ann Mulhulland did not fare any better in the number two singles, losing to Claudine Thiry 4-6 4-6. Ireland saw some success in the doubles, however, with Deirdre Collins and Sheila Kilduff defeating Thiry and Suennen on a scoreline of 6-2 4-6 7-6(1).
Ireland was victorious in the Margaret Court Cup for women of the forty-five category. Playing in group one, Ireland defeated Mexico 2-1. In the number one singles, Lesley O’Halloran was victorious over Raquel Contrereas 6-2 6-4. Carmel O’Hare was not as lucky in the number two singles, suffering a 2-6 3-6 defeat by Maluca Llamas. O’Hare and O’Halloran teamed up in the doubles to defeat the Mexican duo of Contreras and Llamas on a scoreline of 6-1 6-2.
In the fifty age category, team Ireland suffered a 0-3 loss to the United States, second seed in the Maria Esther Bueno Cup. Jenny Burrows was defeated by the American Diane Fishburne in the number one singles, 0-6 0-6. Eilen McCartney suffered the same fate, losing to Susan Wright in the number two singles on a scoreline of 0-6 0-6. In the doubles, the American pair Robin Harris and Tracey Thompson were victorious over Gail O’Meara and Geraldine Wynne, defeating the Irish 6-0 7-6(3).