Yesterday I won the 60 singles in Barcelona, beating the British Clay Court champion, Kim Reed, 62 61 in the final. I played very consistently, but the match was closer than the score, we had some long games and long rallies. We started early for Barcelona, at 5pm and finished just before 7pm. Our doubles was scheduled for 6:30pm but three of the four participants were still playing at 6:30. Erin lost a tough two-setter to Beatrix Mezger Reboul 75 64 and Kerry Ballard fell to Carmen Perera. We started about 8pm against Leanne Swaysland and Kerry and finished just before 11pm, losing 57 75 10-8. It was just a few points that separated us and was a good match.
We finally got back to the hotel around midnight and packed up for the tirp to Bordeaux today.
Other winners included Heide Orth, W75, King Van Nostrand, M80 and in mixed, MJ Pachl won the 55s.
Today Erin, Hannah and I went to Casa Battlo, created by Gaudi around the turn of the last century. It has a water/ocean based theme on the inside and is creative, livable and pretty.
After that visit we walked through the Gothic quarter before heading back to the hotel.
We flew to Bordeaux and then had a long wait in line when we got off the airplane, as there was a passport check, even though we were flying from a Schengen country, probably due to the terrorism lately in France. We found our apartment, then wandered around Bordeaux and had dinner in the square by the church. Now we have to get used to getting up early and playing tennis before dusk!
Photos from Barcelona: https://photos.app.goo.gl/alD0rfmCbTXULVv63
Photos from Bordeaux: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ty4X78LOmIxqKDnv2