First, the tennis: there were a few upsets but the top seeds advanced in the 50-80 singles without incident except in the women’s 70 division. Charleen Hillebrand, always a great competitor. beat Lynn Thompson 62 63 (though Thompson was down 5-0 in the 2nd set and gave Hillebrand a scare before succumbing.
I won my match 62 62 against Frances O’Sullivan, but my doubles partner, Pat Purcell wasn’t as lucky, losing to Bunny Allare in three sets. Pat and I won our doubles too, so tomorrow I play Wendy McColskey in singles and doubles.
Jenny Klitch, with whom Shelly Works, Monica Salazar and I are staying, won a hotly contested (in how close the match was, not for any other reason) with Kim Jones over Erin Boynton/Susan Boyer 10-8 in the march tiebreak. Then she combined with the Mirasol pro Andi Piski to blast (and I mean blast…they were hitting hard!) past O’Hern/Saiki. The only misstep in that match was when Andi didn’t see Jenny’s high-five attempt and just kept walking (you had to be there).
Shelly won her singles over Sheila Chiricosta and then combined with Mariana Hollman to win their doubles quarter.
The dinner tonight at the BallenIsles Country Club was very nice, good food and a good atmosphere.
And the sun sets on another good day of tennis in Florida.