The USA swept the singles and retained their titles in the women’s 60, 70 & 75s and men’s 75s behind dominating performances by their singles players; none of these matches came down to the doubles point!
In the M75, Herm Ahlers was a 60 60 winner and King Van Nostrand then beat Peter Froehlich 62 76 (5) to clinch the Bitsy Grant Cup for the USA. King was up a break in the third when Froehlich began to attack more, but at 6-5 in the TB, King made a bold move to the net and hit a winning volley for the Cup.
In the Women’s 60s, Martha Downing lost only a game to the French #2 and Kerry Young continued her stellar, smothering play, winning 61 64 against Nicole Hesse. The USA finished the tie with a convincing doubles win by Molly Hahn and Carol Clay.
The Women’s 70, Althea Gibson Cup, also won quickly, in singles, with both Suella Steel (not dropping a game) at #2 and Charleen HIllebrand, posting decisive performances against Germany. The doubles was won by Susanne Clark and Sheila Weinstock in three sets to give the Americans a 3/0 win. The doubles took longer than both singles combined! Susanne and Sheila like their court time.
The Queens Cup, W 75 was retained behind the impressive singles performances of Dori deVries, who like Steel, did not drop a game in #2 singles, and Dorothy Matthiessen. They beat Gr. Britain. Burnette Herrick and Carol Wood secured a 3/0 sweep in winning the doubles in straight sets.
The Men’s 60s beat France 3/0, with both Brian Cheney and Larry Turville scoring come from behind (each lost the first set) wins in singles. Paul Wulf and Tony Dawson won the third point in straight sets. They play Australia or Spain in the final tomorrow; those teams are playing a deciding doubles now, as Andrew Rae beat Camina from Spain to level the tie earlier today.
The Men’s 80s swept France today with Russell Seymour scoring an impressive win over Henri Cruchet at #1 singles; Chuck McCabe earlier won easily at #2 singles.
The Men’s 70s lost today and play Gr Britain for the bronze tomorrow.
The men’s 65s split their singles with France, with Parker winning a tough two setter 60 75, holding off set points to do so and Hugh Thomson falling in three sets at #2 singles. Charlie Hoeveler and Thomson played the deciding doubles and won 76 26 76, and held off a set point in the first set. It was the last medal match of the day and attracted a big crowd, which was treated to excellent tennis, well worth the price of admission!
The women’s 65s, Godfree Cup, played Germany for third and won 2/1. Betty Wachob fell at #2 singles, but Brenda Carter played a good match at #1 to beat Heide Orth and then Carter/Wachob beat Orth/Kllein to win the doubles point and the bronze.