First Gold Balls Go to Amy Alcini/Tracie Currie

The Hard Courts women’s doubles title was decided today. Debbie Higa and Jami Jones, the 2012 world champions in the 40s took on Tracie Currie (the 2012 mixed world champion) and Amy Alcini, on Court 1 at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Higa and Jones started strongly and steadily, forging a 63 40 lead behind strong groundstrokes from Higa and great returns and overheads from Jones. The momentum seemed to change when Alcini took a little extra time to compose herself, steadied down and raised her level of play. Currie was all over the net from that point on, poaching ferociously. The second seeds, Alcini/Currie, won a terrific battle 36 75 63. The third set included many great rallies, it was a very physical match.

The men’s singles seeds advanced, with Jeff Greenwald and Oren Motevassel now set to meet in the semis Saturday. Neither has been pressed this week. Martin Barba edged Carsten Hoffman in singles in three sets and faces an unseeded Teet Ratsep, who advanced via default (that was Tarango’s quarter of the draw).

The #2 and #3 seeds in the men’s doubles went down today, but top seeded Peter Smith/Neel Grover advanced as did #4 Tarango/Omar Trevino. The men are out to the semis in doubles, same as the mixed.

The women’s final is set for Saturday between Dina McBride, who took out Higa and Ros Nideffer, who dusted me…there’s a reason she won the 50 worlds this year! She’s very good, but so is Dina, should be a good match…Ros is either giving up 10+ years to her younger opponent…or has 10+ more years of experience…

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