Matches started at 9am today and the weather forecast was pretty good, only a 20% chance of rain….I warmed up and then played Kathy Foulk at 9. The first three games were long, all deuce games and Kathy hit some good shots. However, I managed to get the last point in those games and set the tone for the match, which I won 60 60 in about and hour and 15 minutes. We played under sunny skies and mild conditions with a decent north/south breeze. However, by 11 it was sprinkling and by 12:30 it was pouring again, resulting in a 2 1/2 hour delay.
However, by 2:30 it was dry and play continues still into the night.
There were some smattered upsets today. In the 55s, Kris McDonald, seeded #6, routed #4 seeded Erin Boynton 62 61. The former touring pro has a smooth game…I play her tomorrow so I’ll see a lot more of it by tomorrow night. Diane Barker and Kathy Vick easily advanced to the semis.
In the 65s, #6 seed Carol Gay edged Toni Novack (#4) in a rain interrupted marathon, 36 75 75. Sue Bramlette was two points from the 2nd set against Kerry Young, serving at 54 deuce, but fell 61 75 in a well-played match. Anne Guerrant (who plays Young next) and Brenda Carter advanced comfortably.
Burnett Herrick, who will be 80 in December, seeded 4th, edged defending champion and #2 seed, Inge Weber (the current 75s world champion) in another rain interrupted match, 36 64 63. She faces former world champion Donna Fales, a 64 62 winner over Grace Woo.
In 55 doubles, Cindy Leprvost and Yvonne Gallop, seeded 3, beat the #2 seeds, Abbi Neuthaler/Erin Boynton 76 62. McDonald and Betsy Savitt, seeded 4, took out the top seeds, Kathy Vick/Mary Ginnard 67 62 21 (ret. inj). This was a late match which ended under the lights.
Kathy Langer and Lyn Tietz, seeded #2, held off a stiff challenge from Lola O’Sullivan/Libby Keenan, prevailing 63 26 75.
Tomorrow the weather should be a bit drier, play begins at 9am.