All USA teams into final rounds, update

USA won all matches played today. All teams were in action today. The closest match was the Mulloy Cup. Hopp won at #2 singles against NZ, but Tony Franco fell at #1 singles in straight sets. He returned with Graydon Nichols for the doubles, which they won 46 64 64…a very tense match against a good NZ team. The top NZ player, Robb, moves very well and has an excellent serve and forehand. Franco survived a tense game to serve out the 2nd set and the Americans were always up in the final set, with Nichols serving out the match at 15.

In the Queens Cup, Boots Van Nostrand was ill again, but Margaret Canby filled in ably again at #2 singles, winning 62 60, a veteran now of 2 ties. Boswell took on the German #1 Ilse Michael, a fine player and won the first set, but Michael zoned in the 2nd set which she won 60. Lee Burling had been sitting on the court but when I went back to see some of the third set Van Nostrand was off her sickbed to coach Mary (Lee said she was fired as a coach after the second set). Boots spends summers playing on a German team and according to Mary knew exactly what to say. It worked, She won the third set 64 on a hot day, temperatures in the high 90s. Canby and Burling completed the 3-0 win over Germany by the Americans.

In the women’s 60s, the USA beat Argentina 3-0 without drama and play Australia right now. France had a tough match with Germany, a drama. Germany, playing its #3 player (sitting out Orth) won at #2 singles, France’s world #1, Hesse, won at #1 singles, and France won the first set 76 at which point Orth’s doubles partner defaulted the match, and France advanced to the knockout round.

In the men’s 60s, the USA dropped the first set at #2 singles, but Brent Abel rallied (with some timely advice from captain Hugh Thompson) to win the match, and Brian Cheney completed the win.

In the women’s 70s, USA won all three matches, as did the Britannia Cup men’s 65s, Crawford Cup men’s 70s and the Grant Cup men’s 75s.

The women’s 65s, Godfree had some drama, against France, as Fales won at #2 singles against Bichon in a tight match,  but Steel lost soundly at #1 to Sylvie Galfard. . However, Fales and Steel won the deciding match  easily to put them into the semis against Australia. USA is seeded #1.

 

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