Sunday was a chilly, windy day in Florida but dry and the tournament was finished on time.
Donna Fales was flawless all week in the women’s 75s and never more so than today. Unseeded Suella Steel was her victim today. Sue Bramlette was admiring of Fale’s classic game and penetrating strokes. There’s a reason I have no photos of Fales in action…her matches were so quick that she was done and gone before I could make it to her court.
Christina Sirianni beat Jennifer Bishop to take the 35s title, 61 5-6 ret. inj. This was one of several injuries today. Jennifer pulled or strained an abdominal muscle and couldn’t finish the match.
Toni Novack beat Carol Clay to win the 65s 76 26 42 ret. inj. (knee). All those dropshots by Toni can take a toll. Sue Bramlette beat Simmy Pell for third. Bramlette/Kerry Young took the 55 doubles title with a 62 62 win over Novack/Cindy Babb.
Diane Barker beat Fran Chandler 26 64 61 to win the 55s in just under three hours. Fran’s consistency won the first set, but once Diane dialed in her superior court position and hard groundstrokes were able to penetrate even Chandler’s suffocating defense. Chandler had a chance to level the second set at 5-5 but once that chance was gone, Barker’s offense was too potent. I won the 3/4 playoff over Susan Boyer 62 64, in about 2 1/2 hours. It was super windy today and tough to play, but we had a good match and long points.