Houston, Friday

All but the 55 singles/doubles and 65 singles finals are complete by now. 

In the 85s, Cathie Hall, who won her first singles gold ball yesterday (congratulations Cathie), added another to her haul, combining with the legendary Elaine Mason to beat fellow NorCal Hall of Fame member Betty Cookson and newly inducted SoCal Senior Hall of Fame member Phyllis Adler. 
In the 75s, Dorothy Matthiessen, to no one’s surprise, ousted her doubles partner, Boots Van Nostrand, in a match that was much closer than the score of 61 61 would indicate, since it lasted nearly 2 hours. The 3/4 result was more surprising, as the energetic Burnette Herrick edged Mary Boswell, last year’s winner, in three sets to take the bronze…she also took the doubles bronze. 
In the 65s, another legend, Heide Orth, beat her doubles partner, Betty Wachob 63 62 to win the 65 title for the third straight year. Charleen Hillebrand took the bronze in three sets over Lee Delfausse. 
In 65 doubles, Orth/Wachob dropped the first set to Judy Louie/Delfausse, but rallied to beat them the final 2 sets 60 63. It was a well played match, lots of long exchanges using all corners of the court. Pang/Russ cruised past Charleen Hillebrand/Sheila Weinstock in the other semi. 
In the 55s, I beat Martha Downing 64 61…and Tina Karwasky beat Sherri Bronson, 63 62…they finished the match just as we finished the first set…long rallies and long deuce ad games in the first set, which could have gone either way. 
Bronson/Leslie Murveit edged #3 seeded Lil Peltz-Petow/Betsy Savit 75 46 64…Leslie said that Lil and Betsy not only had exceptional angles, but that their volleys kept hitting the lines. Tracy Viebrock and I upset #2 seeded Karwasky/Sue Sprague 63 63…Tracy was awesome at the net today and returned great too. 
In the 45s, Mary Dailey/Erika Smith defended their 2009 title…just….beating Vesna McKenna/Susan Love in three sets after escaping with a win the night before (when they were down a set point in the first set but won it, only to lose the 2nd set before rallying to take the third. Ann Whitney sprained her ankle in that semi and was unable to play for a bronze today, so Chandler/Loomis took the bronze. 
The 45s final was excellent…it pitted the all court play of Vesna McKenna against the counterpunching style and beautiful footwork of Fran Chandler, who won her 3rd title in a row here, this time in three sets. Vesna hit a lot of winners from all parts of the court, net, dropshots and backhands down the line…but Fran rarely makes an unforced error and forced Vesna into some errors and made some winners too. Jenny Klitch beat Susan Love again, this time 63 63…interestingly, the four semifinalists finished in the same order they did in Fort Lauderdale a month ago. 
Patricia Zerdan was flawless in the 35s, beating Trish Riddell, but Trish and Mary Dailey reached the doubles final…they take on Hess/Toney who upset Blouin/Morris. 
The weather was ok today…a little cloudy and cool later on…but no complaints…no rain anyway. 

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