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Fishburne, Coulton Win World Championships; Watanabe-Gilch, Carter Win Nationals

June 1, 2004 01:33 PM

(From Internet reports) -- South Carolina's Diane Fishburne of Walterboro defeated #1 seed Patricia Medrado of Brazil to win the 24th ITF Vets World Champion Women's 45 singles in Antalya, Turkey, last month. Also, Tom Coulton of Hilton Head Island repeated as World 40s doubles champion in Antalya.

Fishburne had captained the U.S. 45s team that won the Margaret Court Cup over France. She had a 5-0 record in singles. Fishburne took the first set from the defending world champion 7-6, then cruised 6-2 in the second. Earlier this year, she won 45s singles and doubles at the USTA National Clay Court Championships in Houston.

Coulton won the ITF Vets 40s teaming with Egan Adams of Florida. Coulton and HHI Long Cove pro Scott Nichols earlier competed on the U.S. 40s team that placed fourth in Trabert Cup action at the resort. Individual singles and doubles followed the team championships.
Seeded #5 in singles, Coulton lost in quarterfinals to #4 seed Harve Bardot of France 6-3, 6-4. In doubles, the #1 seeds Coulton and Adams defeated teams from Canada and Germany to reach the finals where they beat Australians Glenn Hamilton and Mark Stevens 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 for the championship.
It was a repeat title for Coulton. He teamed with former Wimbledon and U.S. Open doubles champion Anders Jarryd of Sweden to win last August in Hannover, Germany.

Van der Meer training pro Jolene Watanabe-Giltz of Bluffton won the USTA National Women's Indoor 35 singles and doubles championships in Homewood (suburban Chicago) IL. Brenda Carter, from Charleston South Carolina, added to her resume the USTA National 55 singles at Homewood. She placed third in the Houston championships.

Watanabe-Giltz, seeded #1, won the championship 6-2, 6-3 over unseeded Doneta Chorney of Waunakee WI. In doubles, she teamed with Julie Kaczmarek of Richmond VA and took the #1 seeding to the championships, winning the finals 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 over #3 Susan Mascarin-Keane of Lake Forest IL and Christine Sheldon of Arlington Heights IL.