BallenIsles: Champions, Champignons and Injuries

The 50s final was a battle between world champions, Fran Chandler and Diane Fishburne. Chandler’s incredible court coverage and ballistic forehand won the match, which featured intense rallies, precise hitting by Fishburne and great counterpunching, running and depth of shot by Chandler. Chandler won 64 62. Susan Love played a very good match and beat Carolyn Nichols 75 62 to take third.
Erin Boynton and Abbi Neuthaler easily won the 50 doubles, losing only 7 games (all in the final) to Susie Brown/Lyn Ellis.
Carol Clay, playing down in the 60s, didn’t lose a set in the tournament, but was pushed hard in the final by Sue Bramlette before she prevailed 76 63. Bramlette got a measure of revenge in the doubles final, combining with Margie Cooper to beat Clay/Ellen Goodman in three sets.
The 70s final was a great one, between Susanne Clark and newcomer (to the age division(, Sheila Weinstock. Clark took the first set, hitting deep high groundstrokes. Weinstock rallied to win the second, playing great according to Clark, and forcing Clark to hit better shots. Clark was leading 4-2 though in the third when she took a bad fall, ending the match and her tennis for at least several weeks, since she tore her hamstring badly. It was an unfortunate end to such a stellar match. Grace Woo took third when Heidi Attlefellner retired with a leg injury. Attlefellner was leading 51 at the time she retired. Heidi managed to regroup for the doubles, combining with Dorothy Wasser to win the doubles 76 76 over Boots Van Nostrand/Libby Keenan.
In the 80s, Jane Lutz went undefeated in the RR and won it, though Nancy Stout took a set off of Jane in the final RR match before succumbing 60 in the third.
Hartley/Hulsen won the 40s doubles RR.

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