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  • USA Wins Althea Gibson Cup: Brenda Carter Reports from Umag

    From Brenda Carter, Captain of the Althea Gibson Cup team:

    Amazingly, we did it.  We won the Althea Gibson Cup by defeating the team from Great Britain.  Both singles matches were nail biters — however, both were won in straight sets.  Judy started the day winning in two very tight sets, then Toni took the court and defeated her opponent in straight sets.   Shortly thereafter, Liane and I defeated GB’s remaining two players.  We are very excited.

    The team competition ended today.  USA won 5 of the 10 Cups and finished in the top 3 in the remaining 5 Cups.  The individual World Championships begin tomorrow.  Many of the Cup players will remain in Umag to compete for singles, doubles or mixed doubles titles and will be joined by many others who choose to compete from all over the world.  However, many choose not to compete in the Individuals and head back to their home countries (including me) this weekend.

    I’m so happy for my teammates as they all earned their places on the team with stellar national competition leading up to team selection.  We all are very honored to be selected by USTA to represent USA.  I’m attaching a photo of our team taken at the awards ceremony.

    Thank you so much for supporting us.

    Warmly and sincerely,

    Brenda


  • Women’s 70, Althea Gibson Team Reaches Final in Umag

    Benda Carter reports from Umag:

    Judy, Liane, Toni and I are very happy!  We played Australia (#3 seed) today and were thrilled to come away with the victory.  The script is very similar to the team play against Germany on Monday.  Judy started the day with a solid two set win over Australia’s #2 player. Toni met up with Australia’s #1 player, who, I believe, holds the number one ITF ranking for 70s women.  Even though Toni played a strong match, she lost in straight sets.  So, the tie would be decided by the doubles match.  Since Liane and Judy had already pulled off a “must win” match on Monday,  it was decided they were our best bet — and they did it!!

    They won the match in two close sets — and the tennis was fantastic!  

    We will attend a big tournament banquet tonight and will have the day off tomorrow.  We will play the finals on Friday against Great Britain (#4 seed), who upset France (#1 seed) today.  We are thrilled to be representing you, the USTA and the USA as we compete. 

    I’m attaching a photo of both teams and a photo of our team following the win!

    Draws for 2019 Super Senior Cups in Umag Now Posted


  • USA W70 Squeak Out a Win in Umag

    California, USA,

    Reported by Benda Carter, Captain of the USA team.

    As expected, the USA Women’s 70 team had a tough battle against Germany today.  There are 13 countries vying for our Cup and there are 4 seeds.  USA is seeded #2 and Germany is unseeded. The teams are divided into 4 groups, with 3 teams in 3 groups and 4 teams in the 4th group.  A seed is placed in each of the 4 groups.  In each of the groups, a round robin is played and the winner of each round robin will play a semifinals and finals draw with a 3/4 playoff at the end of the week.  The other 3 seeds were happy Germany was not in their round robin, because they knew how tough they would be.

    Judy Dixon won her match at #2 in straight hard-fought sets, then Toni Novack lost her match to a player ranked #3 in the world in the 70s, but she gave her a run for her money.  After an hour break, the doubles teams went to battle.  Judy and Liane played a brilliant match and after 2 1/2 hours, won 6-4 in the third.  Hence, we won the tie! 

    We are ecstatic that we have progressed to the semi’s.  We have the day off tomorrow!

    There are over 500 players competing this week, with teams from 30 different countries.  The age groups for Women and Men are 65s, 70s, 75s, 80s, and 85s.  The USA has a team competing in each category.

    Thanks for your support!

    Brenda


  • Let the Practice Begin, Lisbon

    Lisbon, Portugal

    The ITF Seniors World Team Championships begins on Sunday morning. Yesterday I met Jenny Cerff from So Africa and Susan Wright, one of my Alice Marble Cup teammates, at the Lisbon Airport. I took the metro to the airport, easy without luggage, then waited for them to arrive. I’d messaged both a photo of a meeting spot, because it was chaotic as passengers emerged from baggage claim. It was very busy as all flights emerge from one exit, regardless of the airline.

    Jenny’s flight landed early and she was coming from Turkey so passed Customs quickly. Susan’s flight from JFK was late and she went left and we waited right at exit. We sorted things out quickly, ubered to our AirBnb (the Uber pickup at Lisbon is a bit confusing, but I’d done it the day before so we successfully found our driver first time). We left our bags and went in search of water and food. The hotel I stayed in last night as it turns out (ok, I did plan it) was just around the corner, so we went to the same grocery store I’d visited the day before. And I took them up to the rooftop bar for a look over Lisbon.

    Jenny, Carolyn & Susan, from the rooftop bar (there’s a nice view behind us…)

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    After lunch we practiced at one of the clubs used for the World Championships, with Luisa Guivia, returned to our flat, got some dinner and crashed.

    Luisa, Jenny, Carolyn & Susan

    Today we have a practice in the afternoon, with Diane Barker our top player, and then pick up our final team member, Robin Harris at the airport. Tomorrow practice begins early, Saturday we have practice and captains’ meetings and the opening ceremonies, then our first matches on Sunday.

    Adios Mallorca, Hello Lisboa


  • Men’s 60 Grass Will be Held Nov. 17-23 in the Desert

    The Men’s 60 Grass has found at home in Rancho Mirage, CA at the Mission Hills Country Club. Steve Solomon, who runs the 60 Hard Courts will take over this event from the Wesson LTC in Michigan.

    Here’s the link to the tournament home page:https://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=239813

    For questions, go to the home page which has Steve’s phone and email listed and hotel information.


  • Sheila Weinstock, USA W 75, Reports on Individuals from Umag

    The ITF Individual Championships in Croatia started this week. This is the first time I’ve been able to stay and play the individuals & it’s been a very busy and wonderful experience for me.

    After my team winning the Queen’s Cup in the women’s 75 team competition, it was back to the courts and an opportunity for me to play not only doubles but singles as well.

    I am now in the singles and doubles semi finals main draw and have played women from South Africa, Germany, France, and Australia – all in three days.  I feel like I’ve traveled the world! Everyone has been so nice, friendly on and off the court, but at the same time very competitive on the court.

    Today I play the semi’s in the doubles with Carol Wood against a team from Australia and tomorrow I will be playing the singles semi finals against a woman from Austria. I hope to do well in my play the next two days, but regardless of my final placement, I will never forget the wonderful experience of not only playing a high level of tennis, but meeting people from all over the world; being exposed to Croatia & Slovenia both of which have some beautiful vistas, as well as enjoying the camaraderie which has been evident throughout these two weeks.

    Here is a link to the draws: http://www.itftennis.com/seniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100035782

    #1 – My singles Opponent (Mary Jane Marty from France) who I defeated to advance the the semi finals  in the 75’s
    #2 – Sunset over the Adriatic Sea
    #3 – Carol Wood & my opponents ( Reiko Maruso & Kathy Neval from South Africa) who we defeated to reach the semi-finals in the 75 doubles

     

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    To read about the Cups:

    https://seniortennisblog.com/2016/07/19/super-senior-cup-teams-umag-2016-players-cup-information-draws-photos/

    King Van Nostrand, M 80 and Dick Johnson, M70, are still in the singles as well.


  • USA Wins Mulloy, Hart Queens Cups, Earns Bronze in Godfree & Britannia Cups; Partial Update

    Update Sunday: USA won the bronze in Men’s 65 & gold in Women’s 75 thus winning 3 gold and 2 bronze overall.

    The USA Doris Hart Cup beat Great Britain today, winning both singles in straight sets this time. Carol Wood and Burnett Herrick won #2 and #1 singles respectively. 

    The USA Men’s 80s, Gardnar Mulloy Cup,  completed their victory over Germany with Lester Sack completing his match that was in progress yesterday when rain halted it, then beat Australia 2/1, sweeping both singles in straight sets behind wins by King Van Nostrand and Lester Sack before dropping the doubles match. 

    The USA Kitty Godfree Cup swept Great Britain today 3/0 to earn the bronze medal. Their vanquishers, Australia, won the Cup. 

    The USA Britannia Cup team fell 2/1 to Spain, losing the deciding doubles today. They were to play for third either later today or tomorrow; as of 10:30 pm local time in Umag no results were posted. There will be a later update. 


  • USA Advances in Men’s 65; Five USA Teams Remain in Medal Contention in Umag

    65s: The USA Britannia Cup team beat Sweden 3/0 to advance to the semifinals on Friday in Umag. Their match tomorrow will be live streamed. Here is the live stream link: http://www.htsv.hr/live-stream.  The USA Kitty Godfree Cup team fell 3/0 to Australia. (More on Sue Bramlette’s blog once I post it.)


    70s: The USA Althea Gibson Cup team fell 2/1 to France, dropping both singles before winning the doubles point. France won this event last year so it was a tough back draw. Betty Wachob lost to Sylvie Galfard and Brenda lost to world champion Gail Benedetti. The men’s Crawford Cup team had a bye today.

    75s: The Betsy Grant Cup team fell 2/1 to Great Britain. They started well, with Ivo Barbic beating former British great Roger Taylor but Joe Bachmann lost at #1 singles and Rudy Hernando/Frank Hagelshaw lost the doubles point. They play for 5th next. The Queens Cup team had a day off Thursday. 

    80s: Both the USA Mulloy and Hart Cup teams had a rest day today and play the semis tomorrow. 

    Summary: USA plays semis of Men’s 65, Women’s 75, Women’s & Men’s 80s on Friday; Plays for bronze next in Women’s 65; Plays for 7th in Women’s 70; Plays for 5th, Men’s 75; plays for 7th-10 in Men’s 70. 


  • USA Advances to Final in Queens Cup & Doris Hart Cup; Rain Halts Semifinal Play in Gardnar Mulloy & Britannia Cup Semifinals

    One note before today’s results are discussed: the draws are out for the individual world championships and can be found here: http://www.itftennis.com/seniors/tournaments/tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100035782

    Sheila Weinstock writes from Umag for the USA Queens Cup Team, a 2/0 Winner over GBR:

    Our team played Great Britain in the semi finals of the Queen’s Cup today and are into the finals scheduled for tomorrow. Our United States team has won all their four matches  in singles as well as doubles .  We have not lost one point playing our way to the finals!

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    We had a big thunderstorm which halted play today, but our team won its  semi final  match over Great Britain before the rains came. Both singles players, Donna Fales & Charleen Hillebrand, won their singles matches which gave the team the win. The doubles was not played because of the weather and the fact that the match had already been won.
    After the match both the United States players and the Great Britain players had coffee together (shown below), to relax and enjoy their time together on a more personal level. (Picture below).

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    Tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 17) the United States team plays for the Queens’ Cup in the finals against either France or Germany whose match could not be completed today because of the inclement weather.

    The USA Doris Hart Cup (W80), also advanced today over France 2/0.

    Carol Wood, the captain reports:

    We beat France today . I won 60 62.  Burnette [Herrick] won 60 64. The doubles was not played because of rain. Burnette finished just as it started . They have several indoor courts which they finally decided to use. When we left the club Canada was ready to play doubles  against GBR -they split the singles so I don’t know who we play in the final – and it’s supposed to rain tomorrow and Sunday. {Ed. note: GBR beat #2 seeded Canada 2/1, taking the doubles point. The USA beat GBR in the round robin stage, but GBR has very tough doubles; the USA won both singles that time but not the doubles…). Burnett in action below.

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    The USA Mulloy Cup Team Leads Germany 1/0;

    The USA Men’s 80 team is up 1/0 and leads by a set and 4/2 at #1 singles; the match will be finished tomorrow and the final played after that.

    The USA Britannia Cup Team is Tied with #1 Seeded Spain 1/1

    USA won at #2 singles (Len Wofford) and lost at #1 singles (Dave Sivertson), so it comes down to the doubles tomorrow to see who advances to the final.

    The Althea Gibson Cup Team Leads Austria 1/0

    See Brenda Carter’s Blog for more details, but the USA is ahead 1/0 in matches and leads by a set at #1 singles. USA is playing for 7th in this Cup.

    The Jack Crawford Cup Team Leads Canada 1/0

    The USA won the #2 singles against Canada with Les Buck taking out Don McCormick. Michael Beautyman takes on Ken Dahl tomorrow to try and advance to the 7/8 playoff in the men’s 70s.

    Bitsy Grant Cup: Australia Leads USA 1/0

    Australia won a tough tiebreak (12/10) and the second set 64 at #2 singles (Don Biddle over Rudy Hernando) to take a 1/0 lead over USA. Tomorrow Frank Hagelshaw will take on Bruce Rehn at # 1 singles, followed by doubles if necessary.

    Kitty Godfree Cup Team Plays for Bronze Saturday

    The Kitty Godfree Cup team had a day off today and plays Gr. Britain for the bronze medal tomorrow. Read about their day off here.

    All team draws

    Individual Draws

    Photos


  • Kitty Godfree Cup Friday: Day Off for Team USA

    The Women’s 65s Kitty Godfree Cup team had the day off today. Actually a lot of teams had time off due to heavy rain.  We took this opportunity to see some sights in Croatia.
    Our first stop was Rovinj, a busy tourist town on the Adriatic Sea located about 30 miles south of Umag. It was inspired by Venetian architecture.

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    Next we went to the larger city of Pula, where the sixth largest coliseum is located. It is the most extensively restored of all of the coliseums in the Roman Empire.

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    Finally we headed inland to the enchanting village of Motovun.  The countryside was beautiful, and the town is located 1,000 feet above the valley. It was quiet and exactly how one would picture a Croatian/Italian village.

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    Hopefully the weather will clear and we will play Great Britain for a bronze medal tomorrow.
    Sue Bramlette


  • Brenda Carter Blogs from Umag

    Individuals

    Just a quick summary of the past week — the ITF Individual World Championships.

    Many of the team players remained in Umag to play in the Individuals, while others went home. In addition, many non-team players from around the world entered. It makes for a long stay away from home, but it’s another week of great competition and great camaraderie.

    Competitively, the week was surprisingly successful. I entered 3 events: 70s singles, women’s doubles (with Sue Kimball) and mixed doubles (with Jerry Thomas). In singles, I made it to the semifinals, then lost to the person who won the title. The road to the semi’s was challenging as I was playing higher seeds along the way. We were unseeded in doubles and mixed doubles.  
    In the women’s doubles, Sue and I beat (I say that loosely, because it was a very close match) the top seeds in the semi’s. We split sets, then the third set was a super tie breaker which we won 10-8 — whew, a barn burner. We went on to upset the #2 seed in the final in straight sets. So, a gold medal for us! 

     
    In mixed doubles, Jerry and I would have played the #4 seeds along the way, but they withdrew due to injury. We played two matches early in the week, then finished up Friday and Saturday. We played the #3 seeds in the final (#1 and #2 seeds had been upset) and won in straight sets, but we had to come back from behind in the second to avoid the 10-point tie-breaker. Both of my partners played fantastically, were very supportive, and we had fun! We enjoyed the competition, then enjoyed receiving our medals at the closing ceremony.

    Even though this week was an Individual Championship, I know there is really no such thing as an individual award. There is always a support team who helps a recipient achieve whatever the goal may be. So, I say thank you to my support team — family, friends, doubles partners, team members, practice partners, coaches, prayer partners…… These medals are yours as well!
    I went for a long walk this afternoon along the Adriatic Sea on my last day here. It was a gorgeous day and I tried to wrap my mind around this whole fabulous two-week experience. It’s very hard to do and even harder to put in words. This kind of experience is much bigger than tennis and winning (both things I like a lot!). At this event, I’ve been with people from all over the world — all of us over 65 up to high 80s. You would be amazed to see these people on the court! Off the court, we are all friends, no matter where we are from. We realize we are blessed to have this opportunity to compete, but more blessed with the health we enjoy. A common wish among us is for peace, joy and kindness throughout the world.
    Again, many thanks for your support.

    Day 8 Great Britain Wins Althea Gibson Cup

    Hello all,
    I know you’ve been dying to know who really won the Althea Gibson Cup, which was completed today, so I thought I’d let you know.
    Long story short, Great Britain beat The Netherlands 2-1 in a very exciting match.  They split the singles, both matches going to 3 sets.  I saw most of both singles matches — great play by both teams.  Great Britain won the doubles in 3 sets, winning the third set 6-0.   The gold medal team is the team that beat us on the first day and we lost to them by a similar score.  Even though that doesn’t make us co-silver medalists, we still were competitive with the champs!  All the teams were quite competitive — everyone fighting hard all week.  Great fun!
    Many of you have responded so nicely to my “reports” and I have not responded back individually, but your comments have been shared with the team and have been very much appreciated.  We all are thankful for your support.
    The  World Team Championships are now complete and the World Individual Championships started today.  I am also participating in the Individuals, so will be in Umag for another week — then on to another tourney in the states the following week.  Thanks for the kind travel thoughts you’ve already sent.

    Day 6: USA Beats Austria 3/0 to Finish 7th

    Well, the weather cleared and we were able to start the morning completing matches which were on the courts when the bottom fell out yesterday — amazingly, starting close to on time. Even though it was clear, we experienced gale-force winds — so the conditions were very tough for everyone. The wind is a tremendous equalizer! I was able to complete my match without losing another game, so my final score was 7-6,6-2. Cathie and Sue played the doubles and won handily. They were leading 6-1, 5-0, deuce and the rains reappeared! This caused a two-hour delay to complete the match! When play resumed, they took care of business and won the second set 6-1. It was nice to end the tournament with the win over Austria, and we come home 7th in our division. We’ve had a wonderful time, played hard, made new friends, met up with old friends and we all are very thankful for our health and realize what a blessing it is to participate in this fantastic event.

    The Althea Gibson Cup winner will not be decided until tomorrow morning as The Netherlands take on the Brits for the Cup. This should be a very exciting match. A little consolation for us is that the team (GB) who beat us in round robin play in a close tie has made it to the finals. Germany bested South Africa for the bronze. 
    We attended the awards ceremony this evening and the USA fared very well. On the women’s side, our 65s placed 3rd and our 75s and 80s team won gold! On the men’s side, the 65s placed 3rd and the 80s won. It’s a proud moment for all of us when they play our national anthem at this international — tonight we heard and sang it three times!
    Thanks so much for being part of our team! We appreciate your support and riding along with us. All the best to each of you.
    2016 USA Althea Gibson Cup Team: Cathie Anderson, Sue Kimball, Betty Wachob and Brenda
    The pictures: 1. With friends from Sweden and Finland; 2. The calm Adriatic was churning today











    Friday Day 5: USA Leads Austria 1/0 Before Overnight Rain Delay

    We have unfinished business on Friday!
    We’ve had great weather until today.  The rains came about 12:30 and halted play for everyone.  Very few ties were completed — none at our venue.  We are playing Austria and Betty handled the windy conditions beautifully, and beat her opponent 6-1, 6-1.  The score in my match is 7-6, 3-2 — we are scheduled to finish at 9 AM tomorrow.
    They have a couple of indoor courts here and USA 65s men’s team played their #1 singles tonight.  It was great fun to watch Dave fighting toe-to-toe with Spain’s Jorge Camina, a perennial World Champion.  Dave lost 7-5, 6-2, but played great.  Tomorrow’s doubles will decide which team advances to the final.
    Today we did a lot of waiting for the rain to stop.  We’re hoping the weather forecast is wrong and tomorrow is a nice day.
    Thanks for pulling for us!
    Attached is a picture of us with Austria.

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    Thursday, Day 4: #1 Seeded France Beats USA 2/1

    I wish I could report to you a more winning story for the day, but I can’t. France, the top seed in our division lost on Monday — that was a big upset!  After round robin play, France, USA, Austria and Australia ended up 2nd in their respective RR’s, so today started a playoff among these teams.  By the luck of our draw, we got to play France.  Betty and I were very competitive in our singles matches, but both of us lost in straight sets to two very good players.  We knew them from years past and knew we had our work cut out for us.  Sue and Cathie played the doubles and won in straight sets, so we lost the tie 2-1.  We will play Austria tomorrow for a 7th place finish.  The medal round will begin tomorrow with South Africa vs. Great Britain (3/4) and Germany (2) vs. Netherlands (3/4).  The matches will be hotly contested, as a number of the players have very high world rankings.
    Since we had the day off yesterday, we played “tourist” for the afternoon, visiting Parin and Portoroz, Slovenia, two beautiful seaside villages not very far away from Umag.  It was a beautiful day and so much fun with the team and Pam!
    Four of USA’s 8 teams will be contending for medals!  Go USA!
    The pics:  USA/ France; Seaside in Parin
    As always, thanks for your support.

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    Tuesday, Day 2: USA Beats Canada 3/0

    oday was a good day at the “office”.  We won all 3 matches against Canada today.  Again, the matches were well-played.  Cathie played at #2, winning 6-4, 6-3.  Eileen is a tough competitor with some very unusual strokes — I was told she has a lot of experience playing squash.  She was very steady, played the mid-court very well, and surprised Cathie on some occasions with her shot-making.  However, Cathie kept the pressure on with her steady, smart play and pulled away in the end.  I played Mary Ann, their captain.  She has fabulous technique, can make a ton of winners.  Luckily for me, she made a few errors and gave me the opportunity to win 6-3, 6-1.  Betty and Sue played the doubles against Anne and Jillian.  They had some very nice points, but Betty and Sue were just too strong for the Canadian pair today — coming out on top 6-1, 6-0.  The Canadian team is very nice and lots of fun to be with!
    We returned to the hotel and decided to just hang out at the beach, as it was a beautiful day.  The water of the Adriatic is crystal clear and the shoreline is very rocky.  Everyone wears water shoes.  So it’s very different from the beaches most Americans visit — it’s gorgeous.  The pictures are of the view from my room and Sue and Betty carefully wading out for a dip at the beach near the front of our hotel.  The beach pic makes it look like few people are around, which is not true.  Many others are off to the left in chairs parked on rock ledges or sitting on their towels.  Even though high season is over, the area is still buzzing with people.
    We have no match tomorrow, will practice in the morning and are going on a short tour in the afternoon.  The tournament banquet is tomorrow night.
    Until next time ……
    Brenda

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    Monday Day 1: Night, USA Falls to GBR 2/1

    Hello,
    It’s been a busy, long day in Umag for all of the players, but I think we were on the court the longest.  The day started with the opening ceremony, then everyone departed for their respective venues for first day of play.  Play started at noon and we finished at 7.  The final outcome was not what we wanted, but we played hard against a strong team from Great Britain.
    Betty started us off well with a win over GB’s #2, winning 7-6, 6-3.  It was a fantastic match, with both players playing superb tactical tennis.  Betty had lost to her opponent in straight sets the last time she played her — making it a real “sweet” win.  We are so proud of her.  Then I faced GB’s #1 player, a player I had beaten in two close sets the last time we played.  She was definitely the better player today — my hat’s off to her — as she beat me 6-4, 6-2.  To win the tie, we needed to take the doubles.  Betty and I played the same two players and lost in 3 sets — 6-1,5-7,6-1.  The first set wasn’t as close as 6-1 — they were steamrolling.  All the games in the 3rd set were close, but we just weren’t able to get the last point but once!  Surprisingly, France, #1 seed, was upset today by South Africa.
    Twelve countries are represented in the Gibson Cup.   We are divided into 4 round robins.  The winners of the RR’s will move out into a semifinal bracket.  The second place teams will for play for positions 5 – 8.  If we can beat Canada tomorrow, we’ll be playing in the 5-8 bracket.
    All said and done, we fought valiantly, but just couldn’t pull it off.
    I’m attaching a photo of all of the USA teams that are competing this week.  There are 113 teams from all over the world here in Umag.  It’s amazing.
    The second picture was taken tonight at our tennis venue when we completed our match — a beautiful sunset over the Adriatic Sea — quite a setting.
    As always, thanks for your support.
    Brenda

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    Monday: Day 1: Morning

    Hi,
    Just a quickie to let you know we have made it safely to Umag — and as far as I know, everyone’s luggage also arrived!!  All teams are busy practicing as the competition begins on Monday.  We hope to soon be over jet lag.  We as a team are already having a great time and the weather has been very nice.

    Meet the 2016 USA Althea Gibson Cup Team:Left to right:  Betty Wachob (Panama City, FL, Brenda Carter (Charleston, SC),  Sue Kimball (Martha’s Vineyard, MA), Cathie Anderson (Delmar, CA).

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    We just had the opening ceremony and are soon off to our site to play our first round — against 4th seed Great Britain (we are unseeded).  It will be a tough battle and we are excited!


  • USA Falls to Australia; Plays For Bronze Saturday vs GBR

    Today the Women’s 65s Kitty Godfree Cup team had the honor of playing our semifinal match against Australia in the Goran Ivanisevic Stadium Court. It was a beautiful setting on a sunny 80 degree day. Unfortunately the Aussie team was too strong for us, taking the match 3-0. Here are the results. 

    Toni Novack lost to Adrienne Avis 62, 61.

    Molly Hahn lost to Wendy Gilchrist 61, 76 (4).

    Kathy Barnes/Sue Bramlette lost to Avis/Gilchrist 61, 63. 

    We have the day off tomorrow and will practice to re-group. On Saturday we will play for third place against Great Britain. 


    L to R: Pratt, Gilchrest Johns, Avis, Bramlette, Novack, Hahn Barnes


  • USA Kitty Godfree Cup Team Advances to Medal Round: Plays Australia on Thursday (Center Court; May be Live Streamed).

    The Women’s 65s Kitty Godfree Cup Team achieved their first goal by completing the Round Robin play undefeated.  We played a very friendly Canadian team with the following results:

    Toni Novack defeated Jean Martin, 6-0, 6-1; Molly Hahn defeated Paddy Mann 6-2, 6-4; Kathy Barnes/Sue Bramlette defeated Jandi Frazier/Linda Negulic 6-0, 6-1.  We invited all of the Canadians to come to Houston to play the clay courts.  After the match, we hit some singles and then went for a swim in the Adriatic Sea.  Tonight is the tournament banquet.

    Tomorrow we start earlier in the morning with a warm-up at 8:30 a.m.  We play a very tough Australian team in the semi-finals.

    Live Streaming if Available

    Results from all teams from Wednesday.

    Below are photos of Toni Novack and her opponent from today and the USA and Canadian teams.

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    Kathy Barnes is the shall we say more outgoing of the four teammates.

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  • USA Goes Undefeated on Day 2 of the ITF World Team Championships

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    USA teams went 6/0 on Tuesday in Umag and dropped few games and no sets. On Wednesday the round robin portion of the event concludes,  and once the knockout portion of the event begins the matches get much longer and more competitive.

    The men’s and women’s 65s teams both won 3/0. For the second day in a row, the powerhouse Godfree Cup team dominated their tie, losing only four games in beating Ukraine. They play Canada tomorrow; if they win they advance to the medal round (semis). The Britannia Cup team beat South Africa 3/0 and face Great Britain tomorrow which will be a tougher task as GBR is one of the seeded teams.

    The women’s 70s, Gibson Cup,  team won comfortably today against Canada, with Cathie Anderson and Brenda Carter winning the singles points in straight sets. They therefore finish second in their division unless Canada beats GBR tomorrow and will play for 5th in the knockout portion of the even beginning on Thursday . The men’s 70s, Crawford Cup, had a bye today and face Switzerland (led by Peter Kolacek) tomorrow; SUI beat Norway 3/0 today so will be a tougher out tomorrow than was Norway yesterday

    The USA Women’s 75, Queens Cup team blanked Australia 3/0 with Steel and Fales winning in singles while Weinstock and Hillebrand won the doubles  point. They face a tough German team next, led by Heidi Attlefellner (who lives in Vermont and is a USTA member) and Nanda Fischer (also a USTA member who is a former #1 ranked ITF player). The USA Bitsy Grant Cup team had a day off and play Slovenia next. Slovenia beat Ireland 3/0 and is led by James Baker, who is a Florida resident. Tennis does make the world smaller.

    The USA dominated in the women’s 80s divisions, with the Doris Hart Cup team beating Sweden with the loss of only two games! They face a tough British team tomorrow. The Brits handed Australia a 3/0 loss on Tuesday. Last year USA beat GBR in the Hart Cup and Herrick beat June Pierce, the British #1, i straight sets. The Gardnar Mulloy Cup team had a Novack Djokovic experience today; they beat Austria 3/0 but only #1 singles was played to conclusion; Austria retired down a set in both #2 singles and doubles. USA plays Sweden (who lost 3/0 to Turkey today) in their last round robin match.

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  • USA Kitty Godfree Cup Team Blanks Host Croatia on Monday in Umag

    Sue reports from Umag on Day 1 of the ITF Super Senior Team Championships:

    It was another warm day in Croatia where the Kitty Godfree team competed.  Early this morning we met for team pictures followed by the Opening Ceremonies.  There are 112 teams representing 26 countries competing here.  We all marched in with our flags, followed by speeches by ITF and Croatian dignitaries.  We were then entertained by young dancers.  Following the ceremony we warmed up and play commenced.  Our team played a very welcoming Croatian team with the following results.

    Toni Novack defeated Dusica Mamic Madzarac 60, 60

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    Molly Hahn defeated Djurdjica Anisic 60, 60

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    Kathy Barnes/Sue Bramlette defeated Slavica Cosovic Bajic/Gizela Senci 60, 60

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    Thunderstorms were in the area, but play was successfully completed.  We are now headed out to dinner at a real Croatian restaurant called No No.  We play at noon tomorrow against Ukraine.

    Below: Kathy Barnes, Toni Novack, Molly Hahn, Sue Bramlette

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  • Sue Bramlette Blogs for USA Kitty Godfree Cup Team: Sunday 9/11


    It’s Sunday evening in Umag, Croatia, where the Kitty Godfree team had a good practice in the morning and then enjoyed a trip into the village of Umag.  It was very quiet there and a nice blue sky day in the upper 80s.

    Most importantly today, our Captain Molly Hahn attended the captains’ meeting.  Our team was seeded first in the recommended seedings and maintained that seeding.  The other seeds include Great Britain, France, and Australia.  They are all very strong teams.  Our first goal is to win our round robin.  The teams in our RR include Croatia, Ukraine, and Canada.  We start with Croatia tomorrow morning.  The Opening Ceremony takes place in the morning, with play commencing immediately thereafter.

    On 9/11 we remembered the families who lost loved ones back home 15 years ago.  We are proud to represent the USA here in Croatia, and we will all do our best to play well and make friends.

    Draws for Godfree Cup (USA is in Group A): Click here to see draws.

    Click here to see all draws and other blog articles.

    Here are a few photos: of Molly Hahn/Kathy Barnes; also of Umag City (from last year).

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  • USA Kitty Godfree Cup Blogs from Croatia

    Umag Croatia

    Sue Bramlette is blogging for the USA Kitty Godfree Cup team (women’s 65) this week. The ITF Super Senior World Team Championships are being held this week in Umag, Croatia for the men’s and women’s 65, 70, 75 & 80 divisions. For more information on all USA Cups, please click here: USA Super Senior Cup Teams 2016, Umag, Croatia. (Draws will be posted tomorrow afternoon.)

    The first blog is below on this page. Remaining blogs during the week will be linked just below this sentence.

    1. Pretournament Blog 9/11/16: USA Seeded#1
    2. USA Godfree Cup Team Blanks Croatia on Monday, Day 1 of Team Competition
    3. USA Beats Ukraine 3/0 on Day 2 of Team Competition in Umag
    4. USA Coasts By Canada 3/0 to Win Round Robin: On to the Semis
    5. USA Stopped by Australia in Semis
    6. Day Off in a Beautiful Country

     

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    The Cups begin Monday September 12 and end on Saturday September 17th, with the ITF World Individual Championships to follow. The USA Kitty Godfree Cup team is the defending champion, having won the event in 2015 in Umag. However, this is a completely different team with no holdovers from the previous year.

    Meet the members of the 2016 Kitty Godfree Cup team:

    1. Toni Novack, Charlotte, NC
    2. Molly Hahn, Belmont, MA (Captain)
    3. Kathy Barnes, San Jose, CA
    4. Susan Bramlette, Houston, TX

    Below are Toni Novack, Molly Hahn and Kathy Barnes.

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    Sue’s report from today was brief as she told me that they practiced FIVE hours today! (Guess they think they are playing three out of five sets…but alas, only two out of three full sets).

    “We are safely in Umag, Croatia.  The trip was smooth for all of us, and the hotel is nice.  The weather is quite warm (mid to upper 80s), but there is a nice breeze off the water.  Certainly more comfortable than Houston, Texas!!

    Today we hit as a team for 3 hours and we will hit again this afternoon.  Tomorrow (Sunday) will be another practice day before play begins on Monday.”

    For more information on the USA teams click here. For more information on all Cup teams please click here.