Busy Thursday at BallenIsles

Today was a beautiful, sunny, warm day at BallenIsles. A huge slate of matches meant play, which started at noon, continued under the lights and into the dinner hour. Upsets were rare today, in fact there were none in singles, with all seeds advancing in straight sets in the 40-80 divisions.

In doubles though, a few seeds fell, the biggest scalp being the #2 seeds in the 60s, Kathy Zanon/Betsy Savitt, who were taken out by Bunny Allare/Tinnell. Allare grew up in Jacksonville and used to play with Diane Barker when they were juniors. She’s a tall lefty and an aggressive player.

Carol Clay/Ellen Goodman, seeded fourth,  fell in the 70s to Frances Dickenson/Brenda Winstead.

In the 50s, Saiki/Thomson upset Gilcrease/Williams, who were seeded 5th.

Play was still going on at 7pm; last night play went on past 8:30pm.

Tomorrow is the player dinner and will be a long day at the courts.

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