Teammates Julie Pratt, Adrienne Avis, Wendy Gilchrist and Jan Johns won the Women's 65+ Kitty Godfree Cup at the recent 2016 ITF Super-Seniors World Individual Championships in Croatia.
Teammates Julie Pratt, Adrienne Avis, Wendy Gilchrist and Jan Johns won the Women's 65+ Kitty Godfree Cup at the recent 2016 ITF Super-Seniors World Individual Championships in Croatia.

Senior tennis stars ace world championships

AUSTRALIA'S senior tennis players aced the recent 2016 ITF Super-Seniors World Individual Championships in Croatia, with the women's team picking up gold in the Women's 65+ Kitty Godfree Cup.

The winning team of Julie Pratt, Adrienne Avis, Wendy Gilchrist and Jan Johns scored an impressive 2-1 win against France to secure Australia's only gold medal win at the championships.

However, the men also performed well, securing silver in the Men's 80+ Gardnar Mulloy Cup, after losing out 2-1 to the USA in the final.

The international event, which was staged from September 12-18 in Umag, Croatia, saw over 500 players from 35 countries competing in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events in age categories ranging from 65-and-over to 85-and-over.

Australia's senior tennis stars are now hoping to continue their success in the Super-Seniors Individual Championships, which are being held until September 25.

Adrienne Avis is one of our biggest hopes after she sprung the biggest surprise on day four of the Individual Championships, with a superb three-set defeat of reigning women's 65s champion and top seed Heidi Eisterlehner in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Avis will now fancy her chances of winning a first senior singles world title, although danger still lurks in the shape of Dutch third seed Nora Blom in the other side of the draw.

Avis, beaten by Eisterlehner in the semis last year, plays unseeded German Rotraut Spriess next, while Blom takes on France's Nicole Hesse Cazaux who ended the hopes of fellow Aussie and Kitty Godfree Cup winning teammate Wendy Gilchrist in straight sets.

Avis said: "[It's a] shame Wendy lost, so now it's down to me in the singles.

"I'm very happy. I was down 4-1 in the first and it was neck and neck in the second. But I got on top in the third.

"She [Eisterlehner] never gives up and fights to the last point, so I had to dig in... but if I'm going to win the title there is still a long way to go."


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