Top Seeds Advance to Finals in All Age Divisions at the 50-90 Hard Courts; Play Continues in Vancouver, WA in Men’s 80-90 Indoors

The women’s singles semis were all completed today before unseasonable (but welcome, except to the tournament directors) rain spritzed on and off during the afternoon and evening. 

In the 50s, Fran Chandler, the reigning 50s world champion and Ros Nideffer, the 2012 50s world champion will face off in the final on Saturday. Fran avenged a loss to Judy Newman, beating her 62 63 today and Nideffer beat Tracy Houk 62 62. Houk suffered a recurrance of a hip strain midway through the match and withdrew from the 3/4 playoff as a precaution.  In 50 doubles, Ellie Hammagren and Jennifer Lyons put on a doubles clinic in dispatching Mariana Hollman and Tracey Worley in a rain interrupted semi, 64 61. Lyons rarely misses and was a great setter while Hammagren hit lots of fantastic overheads and aggressive volleys. Erika Smith/Mary Dailey and Newman/Lisa Namu are in the third set of their doubles match with Newman/Namup up 1/0 and serving. 

In the 60s, Tina Karwasky had to hit a lot of balls to get past Rita Giles, who is fast, fit and consistent, but Tina won 60 62. I beat Martha Downing 61 61 but the second set featured a lot of long deuce games and was much closer than the score would indicate. I play Tina on Saturday morning. 

In doubles, Una Davis and I are up 64 02 15 all with our opponents serving. The first rain delay was when we were 43 up in the first and the final one was 5 games later. 

Tina Karwasky/Jan Kirkland-Cochran vs, Sherri Bronson/Ann Stanley has yet to get underway or was just started. 

Play will continue not before noon tomorrow. 

In the 70s, Cathie Anderson and Betty Wachob advanced to the final. Wachob allowed Charleen Hillebrand only a game while Anderson beat Peggy Andry 64 64.  Anderson/Wachob split sets with Judy Louie/Carolann Castell before the final rain delay; Jane Pang/Peggy Andry and Sheila Weinstock/Ann Hunt started later. I don’t know that score. Betty Wachob had a scary fall in the doubles. She slipped and broke the fall with her face and has a black eye but continued playing and won the second set. 

In the 80s, Dorothy Matthiessen easily beat Mary John Lynch, but Burnett Herrick had to go three sets to beat her doubles partner, Judith Smith. 

All results/draws here: https://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?t=153474

Up in Vancouver, WA, Tony Franco won the men’s 90s over Graydon Nichols and in the men’s 85s, Joe Russell beat Lou Wick 76 60 to win the gold. Russell and Clem Hopp won the 85 doubles. 

In the 80s, Nielsen/Hurlbut will play for the singles tomorrow and already combined to win the doubles gold over Nelson/Watts. 

All results/draws https://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/tournament.aspx?t=156613

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