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  • Beautiful Sunny Wednesday in Huntsville, But the Clay Courts Never Dried! Judith Smith/Burnett Herrick Claim 80s Doubles Crown

    It was a beautiful sunny warm day today in Huntsville, but it rained hard during the night, so the clay courts were wet and soft, as they really don’t drain very well. So the consolation was played on hard court with a shortened format, 2 sets and a match tiebreak for singles and an 8 game pro set for doubles. Everything started around 1pm and finished quickly, with the last matches starting around 5 pm.


     1:30 pm Wedesday; no rain since about 7 am

    Main draw matches were put on hold, so the doubles only players haven’t played since Sunday!

    In the 60s consolation the four seeds (5-8) all advanced in straight sets, though Rita Giles had to recover from a 5-2 deficit and also from 45 15-40 in the second set before closing out the match 62 75 against Deborah Hubbart.

    In the 70s, Elizabeth Barnhill beat #3 Sheila Weinstock; Ruby Jenkins advanced over Judy Louie (5) because Judy can’t play singles on clay (2 artificial knees and one artificial hip!); Anne Loose beat Anne Russ (#5) 36 2-2 ret. Inj.

    The doubles match of the day was Burgess/Drosner and Peltz-Petow/Taylor, won by the latter team 9-8 (3).

    The 80s doubles is a round robin, but Judith Smith/Burnett Herrick won all four of their matches to take the gold. The results aren’t posted for the rest of the 80s doubles, but going into the last match, Austin/Lynch appeared to be on their way to a silver ball.

      80s Doubles champions, Judith Smith and Burnett Herrick Wanting to play but the clay was wetRose Austin Hard Courts @ Huntsville Tennis Center WP_20150415_13_57_45_Pro WP_20150415_13_59_22_Pro WP_20150415_14_36_41_Pro

  • Another Rainy Day at the Clay Courts; McColskey/Karwasky to Meet for 60s Final and Wachob/Anderson to Play 70s Final

    It’s a soggy week in the South and Huntsville is lucky to be on the northern end of the rain storms. It stopped raining just after 6am today, but the courts weren’t playable till 3pm! They were saturated and too soft for the court maintenance crews to even get onto the courts to try and dry them.

    We finally did get on at 3pm for 9am singles matches. Doubles, other than the 80s round robin (the 80s singles is finished) were cancelled for the second straight day.

    I lost to Wendy McColskey who played very well. She plays Tina Karwasky in the final in a repeat of last year’s final. She won 62 62 over Sherri Bronson. Sherri and I play for third tomorrow, weather permitting, though it looks like we might be ok.

    In the 70s, there were no upsets and Cathie Anderson beat Lee Delfausse in straight sets and plays her doubles partner, Betty Wachob, who took out Susan Kimball (who completed her upset of Sheila Weinstock earlier in the day).

    Mary John Lynch finished 3rd in the 80s, completing a rain delayed win over Esther Williams 62 75.

    Below are photos of some of the courts about 11am, five hours after the rain had stopped.

    Tues rain courts Tuesday rain cts



    Radar map just now (and it’s raining!).


    radar Tues nihgt

  • Burnett Herrick Takes 80 Singles Crown; Most Singles Semis Set in Huntsville Monday



    Burnett Herrick, playing her first Category 1 80s tournament (she doesn’t turn 80 till late December) beat Dorothy Matthiessen 64 62. It was a rain delayed match; all singles were scheduled for 9am and at 9, right on cue, it started raining pretty hard. However, the grounds crew and tournament staff worked hard to get the courts playable and they were ready by about 12:30. Play began just before 1pm. Playing on center court, Burnett continued her fine spell of play in beating Matthiessen. The 3/4 playoff between Mary John Lynch and Esther Williams appears to have been in progress when the rain resumed around 2:30 and play was cancelled for the day just before 4pm. The courts as they appeared at 9:30 this morning and a photo of players waiting out the rain delay.

    wet courts

    Photo from rain delay today

    In the 70s, three of the four quarterfinal matches were completed. Betty Wachob, the top seed had a tough match with Judy Louie, winning 75 63. Lee Delfausse beat Peggy Andry 61 75 and Cathie Anderson beat Anne Russ in an all-San Diego County match 62 63. Sheila Weinstock, the #3 seed is down 75 52 to Susan Kimball in the only uncompleted match. Tomorrow Anderson plays Delfausse and Wachob plays the winner of Kimball/Weinstock. Sheila Weinstock is pictured below.

    Sheila Weinstock

    In the 60s, Tina Karwasky rallied from 2-4 and 4-5 down against Kathy Foulk to win 75 61. Sherri Bronson dropped the first set to Rita Giles, who made some amazing retrievals, but controlled the points and executed her volleys and overheads well to win the final sets 62 63. Wendy McColskey blasted her forehand past Leslie Murveit, winning 61 64. I beat Chieko Holt who is still in the process of switching to a 2-handed backhand 60 60.  Tomorrow I play McColskey and Bronson faces Karwasky.

    All matches start at 9am; doubles to follow at 1pm; all doubles matches today were cancelled due to rain. However, the forecast does look a bit better for the next two days now:

    Weather forecast Tues to Fre

    All Draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=156717#&&s=7Draws4

  • Matthiessen, Herrick to Meet for Women’s 80 Title; Most Seeds Advance in Huntsville on Sunday

    Dorothy Matthiessen didn’t drop a game today in the women’s 80 semis. Burnett Herrick, the top seed, had to work for her singles win, beating last year’s champion, Mary John Lynch 64 64 on court one. Weather permitting (the 100% chance of rain doesn’t sound promising), Burnette and Dorothy will play the singles final tomorrow. The women’s 80 doubles is a round robin; top seeded Herrick/Judith Smith play #2 seeds, Lynch/Rose Austin, tomorrow in the 3rd round of the five day round robin event.

    In women’s 70s, Sheila Weinstock was the only seed pushed very hard, first in singles against Ann Loose, where she survived via an 11-9 tiebreak win in the first set and then took the second 75. Later in the day she partnered with Ann Moore and cme up short, losing in three sets against Elizabeth Barnhill/Sharon Ploor (I think…the score today showed Barnhill/Ploor winning; yesterday it didn’t.) All other seeds in singles and doubles advanced without a lot of drama.

    Sheila Weinstock

    In the women’s 60s, top seeded and three-time defending champion Tina Karwasky reached the quarters without hitting a ball when her opponent defaulted. No other seeds lost more than five games in singles and in doubles the closest match was Karwasky/Jan Kirkland-Cochran’s win over the tough team of Lil Peltz-Petow/Norma Taylor 62 63. Below: Tina & Jan vs Lil and Norma; Leslie Murveit, Pat Purcell (#3 seeds) and Sherri Bronson/Kathy Foulk (#2 seeds).

    Tina Jan Lil and Norma Leslie Murveit Pat Purcell Sherri Bronson and Kathy Foulk 4-11-2015 11-21-41 AM

    Matches tomorrow should get interesting as all main draw matches are seed vs seed.

    Weather forecast for the rest of the week:


    Mon to Fri weather

  • Huntsville, 60/70/80 Clay, Saturday

    Play began today in Huntsville under sunny skies in all age divisions. The 80s had a small draw, only eight players, so the seeds, Burnett Herrick and Dorothy Matthiessen were in action today and both won comfortably, though Dorothy had to play Judith Smith, a fine doubles player and very good singles player. Dorothy plays Esther Williams in the semis while Burnett takes on last year’s champion, Mary John Lynch. The doubles in the 80s is a round robin; Herrick/Smith advanced easily and McCracken/Williams took out Matthiessen/Van Haeist in three sets in doubles. Dorothy and Judith are shown below.

    Dorothy Matthiessen Judith Smith, W 80s...great knee bend

    Since there were no seeds in action in the 60s or 70s, there were of course no upsets, but there were some interesting matches. Rita Giles and Mary Richardson played unconventional but effective doubles to beat Debbie Burgess/Donna Drosner; Giles roamed the baseline and Richardson got to net as much as possible and their lobs and slices worked well in the wind.

    Burgess/Drosner Rita & Mary

    Overall the vibe was pretty relaxed…quite a contrast to many other senior nationals I’ve played. But tomorrow all seeds are in action and it will feel much different I think. I did practice some, with Tina today and generally got ready for the tournament. I play at 10 tomorrow, CDT.

    Sunny Courts Saturday

    I play Debbie Burgess, who beat Andria Wolf today. Debbie is a tenacious competitor and has a lot of experience, plus played two matches today. Andria (maroon) and Debbie are shown below.

    Andria Wolf Debbie Burgess

    It was windy today…apparently more common than not in Huntsville at least this time of year.

    Windy! IMG_8867

    Link to draws and results: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=156717

  • National 60/70/80 Clay, Huntsville, Alabama

    I arrived in Huntsville yesterday..my first time to Alabama and my first 60s tournament. (Draws can be found here: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=156717)

    The airport was modern and resoundingly empty when I landed around 6pm yesterday. There’s been lots of rain up here and so there’s lots of green here, a stark contrast to California.



    The tournament is being held at the Huntsville Tennis Center, a large facility with 24 lighted clay courts and six hard courts (also lighted).  The court layout, clubhouse and a photo of Court 1 are shown below.

    court-layout2Huntsville Tennis Center: 24 Clay & 6 Hard all lit Clubhouse

    It rained hard during the night but stopped early in the morning and so I meandered over to the club mid-morning. However, the courts weren’t open till after 1pm..they are very slow drying it seems, not so good since the weather forecast for next week isn’t very dry. (Note the 100% chance of rain for Monday.)


    weather screenshot

    Today I hit with Rita Giles, her doubles partner Mary Richardson and Ruby Jenkins who is in the 70s and we had a set of doubles (lots of fun) and Rita and I hit some singles. The courts are pretty soft with Court 10 in particular having some dead spots (we started in 11 and were bumped so moved to 10…they played differently).

    Mary Richardson, Ruby Jenkins, Carolyn Nichols, Rita Giles 

    The tournament starts tomorrow but I have a bye as do all eight of the seeds, so I play the winner of a match on Sunday morning.  The map below shows where all the players are from this year…not too many local players, but lots from the northeast…and SoCal.

    Players in Huntsville...Interesting geographic distribution (where are the local players?)