Georgy Van Soerland-Trouerbach of the Netherlands emerged the most successful player at the ElPozo BWF World Senior Championships 2021, winning a triple crown at the event that concluded on Saturday in Huelva, Spain.
Trouerbach won women’s singles in the 45 age category beating England’s Rebecca Pantaney 21-12 21-14.
She teamed up with Marielle Van Der Woerdt for the women’s doubles crown and Gerben Bruijstens for the mixed doubles title.
* The World Senior Championships saw 1300 players compete in 44 categories in nine age groups ranging from 35 to 75+.
*Popular Thai star Boonsak Ponsana won gold in men’s doubles (35) with Jakrapan Thanathiratham and bronze in men’s singles.
*Former men’s doubles world champion Jesper Helledie won two medals – silver in singles (65) and bronze in men’s doubles (60) with Scotland’s Dan Travers.
*The category with the highest participation was men’s singles 50, which saw 91 competitors starting with the round of 128. Indeed, there were several events with over 50 participants. Big numbers were seen in men’s singles 45 (90 participants); men’s singles 40 (83 participants); mixed doubles 50 (80 participants); men’s singles 55 (79 participants) and men’s singles 60 (72 participants).
*Several players won double titles, with Denmark earning the lion’s share of the honours. Among the double titlists were: Tommy Sorensen (Denmark), Gry Uhrenholt Hermansen (Denmark), Karun Kasayapanant (Thailand), Drifa Hardardottir (Iceland), Jesper Thomsen (Denmark), Betty Bartlett (England), Johan Croucamp (South Africa), Peter Emptage (England) and Irene Sterlie (Denmark),
*Betty Bartlett nearly matched Soerland-Trouerbach’s triple feat. Bartlett won the women’s singles 65 and the mixed doubles 65 (with Peter Emptage), but fell short in women’s doubles as she and Brenda Creasey had fallen in the group match to Scottish-Dutch duo Christine Black/Marjan Ridder.
*Christine Black came away with three medals – apart from winning the women’s doubles 65, she was runner-up in women’s singles to Bartlett; she and Dan Travers won silver in mixed doubles 60 to Sweden’s Magnus Ericsson/Kerstin Kristoffersson.
*In the senior-most category (75+), Denmark’s Knud Danielsen prevailed over Poland’s Pawel Gasz in a tightly-fought men’s singles final, 16-21 21-18 21-18. Danielsen also won bronze in men’s doubles 70 with Torben Hansen.
*France’s Anthony Nelson won a full set of medals – gold in men’s singles 35, silver in mixed doubles (with Maily Turlan) and bronze in men’s doubles (with Bruno Cazau).