This Monday, the +35 and +45 women’s national teams at the World Team Veterans Championship were just one victory away from reaching their respective semifinals. The Jamor Tennis Complex, Club Internacional de Foot-ball (CIF), and Estoril Tennis Club are the sites of the tournament, which is sponsored by the Portuguese Tennis Federation and the International Tennis Federation.
Portugal won the women’s +35 competition one day after their successful debut. Rita Freitas and Frederica Piedade easily defeated Abby Hayes and the opposition on Monday at Jamor, giving the home team an immediate victory in singles. On Sunday, against Poland, the victory was only completed in the final pair (former-142nd WTA who beat Anne-Marie Darcy by 6-2 and 6-1).
In the more competitive doubles, Neuza Silva (formerly ranked 133rd on the WTA) and Patrcia Couto defeated Fiona Morrow and Kerri Russell by scores of 4-6, 7-6(5), and 11-9 after saving a match point in the tie-break.
Portugal leads Group C after two victories in two days. They will compete for a spot in the Suzanne Lenglen Cup semifinals against Great Britain, who also had two victories in the opening rounds with scores of 3-0 over Ireland and 2-1 against Poland.
This Monday was Portugal’s debut in the women’s +45 level competition at the Estoril Tennis Club, and the squad rose to the occasion admirably by defeating Sweden 3-0 in Group B of the Margaret Court Cup.
Dominika Gorecka didn’t require much time in the early morning to confirm her preference for Malin. The winner was Sara Christina Wemner, who won 6-0 and 6-1.
The Portuguese victory was ensured by Sofia Prazeres’ impressive debut performance. The nine-time absolute national champion and former WTA 152nd-ranked player defeated Maria Bronett with scores of 6-1 and 6-3. Magda Leal and Sandra Valente defeated Maria Bronett and Emma Flink in the first installment, winning 6-4 and 7-6(5) to earn another point for the Portuguese team.
Portugal and France will compete on Tuesday for Group B’s top spot, which would earn them a spot in the Margaret Court Cup semifinals.
This past Monday, the +45 men’s squad at the Club Internacional de Foot-Ball (CIF) in Lisbon defeated Switzerland with a flawless performance.
The singles matches were won by António Moura, the second-ranked player in the world in his division, who defeated Stefan Segers 6-0, 6-0, and Luis Sousa Pinto, who overcame a lopsided deficit to defeat Roman Berger 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-2. David Coelho and Lourenço Santos Lima defeated Christoph Matter and Stefan Segers in the doubles match, 7-5 and 6-4, to end the head-to-head.
If Germany defeats Switzerland on Tuesday, Portugal, which has one victory and one loss in Group D of the Dubler Cup, will hold onto second position.
The national teams of +40, on the other hand, were unable to successfully meet their unique tasks, which had significantly different outlines.
Portugal fell to Austria 3-0 in the women’s competition. Julia Adlbrecht defeated Isaura Faria 6-3 and 6-3, Sandra Gruber defeated Inês Moura 6-4 and 6-0, and Denise Greilinger and Marta Szabo defeated Isaura Ferro and Inês Moura 6-2 and 6-1 in the doubles. With two defeats in Young Cup Group F, Portugal will compete with Finland for third place.
In the men’s competition, the match was evenly matched from beginning to end. Early in the morning, Mauri Brito Gomez played for more than 4 hours and 30 minutes before he was able to save his sixth match point and overcome Simon Tremblay-Larouche by scores of 7-5, 6-7(1), and 6-4.
Then, Matthieu Garcia put on a strong performance and caused Henry Choi (world number 18 +40 and former number one +35) a lot of trouble, but ultimately lost 6-1, 2-6, 6-2. This gave the Canadian team some breathing room so they could finish the turnaround on the pair and through Fiachra Lennon and Jeremy Salvo (6-3 and 6-2 before Gomez and Garcia).
The Canadian team had a decent chance to win the match in spite of the positive response in the first two rounds (6-3 and 6-2).
The Tony Trabert Cup’s Group F, which will conclude on Tuesday against Argentina, the team of Pablo Cerutti, the world’s best player in his age group, is still without a victory for Portugal.