Franco, Swetka Win 85, 90 Singles Titles; Franco/Nichols Win 85 Doubles; Seeds Advance in Vancouver, Homewood and La Jolla

Vancouver, WA: 80-90 Indoors

Tony Franco made his first trip to the 85 Indoors a successful one, leaving without dropping a set in the 85 singles. He beat his doubles partner, Graydon Nichols, 63 62 today to win the first 85s national of the year. Nichols and Franco then combined to win the 85 doubles over Roald Flater/Lew Stephenson.Bob Sherman ended Ed Tyler’s run to the final with a tough three set win in the final.

In the 80s there was one upset, as 5th seeded Jack Bradshaw took out #2 seed Roger Hing to join McCabe, Snyder and Joe Russell in the semis. The top seeds advanced to the finals in doubles though HIng/Snyder had to go three tough sets before ousting Russell/Bradshaw in the semis. They face McCabe/Powless in the final.

George McCabe Powless

Homewood, IL: 35/45/55 Indoors

In Illinois the play began in all age divisions. In the 35s, Jill Vanderkool edged 4th seeded Tammy Mitchell in three sets. It was a hard fought match. The top two seeds, Amy Alcini and Sarah Murphey weren’t in action yet in singles.

In doubles, the second seeded team of JoAnne Russell and Julie Ogborne advanced to the semis.

The 45s had a draw of 15; Gretchen Magers drew the bye and the remaining seeds advanced. Anna Zimmeman had a good match with Judy Van Raalte but prevailed in straight sets. Four strong teams are in the semis of the doubles; World Champions Erika Smith/Alissa Finerman; Magers/Jennifer Lyons; Clay Champions Zimmerman/Jami Patterson and Ogborne/Shelly Works.

In the 55s, the top seeds, Susan Wright and Pat Purcell had the day off; the remaining seeds advanced. Mary Firek and Susie Witwer had the closest match of the day, but Firek was to consistent for Witwer and won 75 62.

Semis of the 35 & 45 doubles will be played tomorrow and the quarters in all the remaining events.

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La Jolla, CA: 50-90 Indoors (This link is good only till the conclusion of the tournament.)

50s: Kathy Vick had to default out of the tournament (to Mariana Hollman) with an SI injury; Tracy Houk won the battle of the Tracy’s today, edging Tracey Thompson 63 67 62; Fran Chandler and Roz Nideffer continued to advance without trouble to the semis.

The top four seeds advanced to the semis as well in the 60s and 70s, though Molly Hahn had a big battle to get past Peggy Machoian in the 60s. In the 80s, Carol Cofer, who took out #4 Joan Brisbin, joined the top three seeds in the 80s semis. Third seeded Margaret Canby had a tough match though with Bev Winans, subduing her in three sets.

The doubles are still on court or not posted…check the link above for more results.

View from the walkway at LJBTC Houk, Tracy Thompson, Tracey

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