BallenIsles Friday

It was another warm and windy day in So. Florida with some rain showers thrown in, but none lasted too long.

In the 40s, the top seeds are in the singles final, though top seeded Jenny Klitch had to go three sets for the 2nd day in a row, this time to beat Jean Schalk. She faces Jami Patterson in the final. Klitch and Margaret Lumia fell to Julie Farina/Didi Weinreb in straight sets; they play top seeded Erika Smith/Mary Dailey in the final.

In the 50s the top 4 seeds came through in doubles and Terri Thompson continued her fine play, beating Abbi Neuthaler 76 60, in an all-lefty battle.

In the 60s, Sue Bramlette stopped Lee Delfausse and plays Kerry Young (who ousted Toni Novack). Carol Clay played well to beat Judy Louie 62 62…she faces Brenda Carter in the other semi.

In 60 doubles, the team of Victoria McEvoy/Allyson Boldac, who beat Bramlette/Novack yesterday, dominated Greene/Edmunds today. Delfausse/Louie upset Clay/Ellen Goodman, in a tough 3 setter and face Smith/Young next.

In the 70s, the top 4 seeds reached the semis and only Inge Weber had a tough match, edging Lola O’Sullivan 64 75. The 1, 3 and 4 seeds reached the doubles semis, but the 2nd seeds were still playing late.

The real upsets came in the 80s. #3 seeded Jane Lutz slid past Rita Price, the 80+ defending world champion 62 60 and Rosie Asch of Canada had a long battle with Louise Russ, fighting off 3 set points in the first set before winning it, then dropping the 2nd set before beating an aching Russ (knee) in the third. Russ avenged her loss in doubles though, combining with Jane Lutz in beating Asch/Suzanne Ryerson 64 64 in the doubles semis…they face Price/Diane Hoffman in the final.

I did take some photos but too late tonight to post them…tomorrow, for sure. The dinner was nice.

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