Friday Update from Houston

Heide Orth is number one in the world, apparently a scary thought for the other playes in the 65+…in her quarterfinal match she beat Lurline Fujii 60 ret inj. (groin)…in the semis she beat Lee Delfausse 61 23 ret inj. (achilles); and in the final she played only 2 games, when her doubles partner, Suella Steel retired, 1-1 ret inj. (plantar fascitis)…Heide was disappointed, but at least had some competitive doubles matches winning the semis and finals in 3 sets…maybe she needs to play 55s next year? She already won the 55 indoors this year without dropping a set.

Martha Downing/Kerry Young played great in beating Kathy Barnes/Sherri Bronson 61 60, to win the 55 doubles for the second straight year,  taking over the net…the "tall" team as someone called them, also hit great overheads. Cindy Babb/Susie Peiffer lost to Jan Kirkland-Cochran/Becky Holland, 76 (5) in the third…their second straight loss by 76 in the third in as many days.

Erika Smith/Mary Dailey, the team wearing black, didn’t need that color attire to be intimidating…ever seeen Mary Dailey hit an overhead….Erika’s is equally potent…another tall team beat Susan Boyer/Fran Chandler 63 61 to win the 45 doubles. Erika also hit some huge serves at critical junctures. Myke Loomis/Pam Dodman won the 3/4 playoff against Heidi Gerger/Sue Bushman equally decisively, 62 62.

Boots Van Nostrand edged Mary Boswell 62 57 63 in the 75 singles final, but Mary went home with the gold in doubles.

Betty Eisenstein dropshotted her way past her doubles partner, Marion Tyrell 62 60 to win the 85s, , showing off her excellent footwork all match long.

In the 35s, Trish Riddell was able to blunt the power of Leslie Rose, a NorCal hard court player enough to win in three sets. She joins Angela Simons, Julie Cass and Michelle King in the semis. King beat the 4th seed, Vicki Leroux 60 60.

In 35 doubles, Riddell/King, Dailey/Dodman, Cass/Bowes and Babel/Simon.

It’s nice and warm here now and is supposed to be in the low 80s tomorrow. The 45 and 55 singles finals are tomorrow and the semis of the 35s, plus some consolation matches.
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