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  • Erika Smith, Simona Bruetting Capture Indoor National Singles Titles

    Tracy left after she lost to Erika so here’s a final report from Denver, home of the 40/50 Women’s Indoors.

    Erika Smith did not relax after beating Tracy Houk in the semis of the 50 Indoors. Instead, she captured her first indoor singles gold ball in Denver, beating Phillis Zilm in straight sets for the title. This is a remarkable comeback by Smith, who only a year ago was fresh off of foot surgery and unable to walk or drive.

    Shannon Cross/Stacy Swiggert won the doubles crown over Smith/Mary Dailey in straight sets.

    In the 40s, Simona Bruetting took advantage of being the hometown girl and used the altitude and indoor courts. She beat Marlo Carruth, the top seed, in three sets, mounting a strong comeback after dropping the first set to win her first 40s national title. She then teamed with Jill Vanderkool to beat Dailey and Vicki Leroux in straight sets.

    For all results, click here: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=139786

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  • Tracy Houk Blogs from 40/50 Indoors, Friday June 13th

    Today, the seeds played their first rounds, and were really put to the test. Most of the field, in both age groups, are from Colorado. # 1 seed, Marlo Carruth played a tough opponent, Vicki Leroux, TX and pulled it out, 62, 6-4 great points played by both. Simona Bruetting from Colorado, won 6-2, 6-0 against Ginger Phillips Of Colorado. Both ladies are into the semi-finals. 

    The Women’s 50 singles had a bit more excitement. # 2 seed Shannon Cross, from Denver, lost to Phylis Zilm, out of Glenwood Springs, Colorado 6-1, 5-7, 2-6. Phylis has been off the Senior Circuit for awhile, but is a very strong player, and played the Pro Satellites, back in the day. She plays her semi- final against Jean Jansen, Louisville, Co, who received a default in the quarters, from Gail Warden. Erika Smith beat Maria Nunez 6-2, 6-2, for a semi-final bout against me, who, went 3 sets against Stacy Swiggart, from Steamboat, Co. 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

    I’m really struggling with the altitude, keeping my balls in, and Stacy played a great attacking game, forcing errors on me in the second set. After losing the first game of the third set, I really thought I could be going home. But, I forced myself to hit my shots and stay aggressive. Moving the ball around, and adding more topspin, I found myself hitting some much needed passing shots, to get ahead. And I think, Stacy may have run out of gas. Lucky for me. 

    The doubles also started today. The draws are very small, and the finals for the 40’s, will be Sunday, #1 Mary Dailey-Vicki Leroux vs # 2  Simona Bruetting-Jill Vanderkool

    The Women’s 50 doubles final is also set, but will be played on Saturday with top seeds,

    # 1 Mary Dailey- Erika Smith vs Shannon Cross-Stacy Swiggart. The tournament hosted a nice BBQ out by the pool. Chicken, Beef Brisket, beans, potato salad, and green salad. Not to mention, yummy desserts, margaritas and beer !!! It was a great evening. The temperature outside was in the 90’s. I’m so glad we are playing Indoors !!!!

    Editor Comment: Tracy sent photos but I have a dial up speed internet connection…hopefully I will be able to add some photos Sunday or Monday when I switch locations.


  • Tracy Houk Blogs from Denver, 40/50 Indoors

    The Women’s National 40 & 50 Indoor Championships began today. I’ve been here a couple extra days to try and feel out the courts and lighting, not to mention altitude indoors. In the last two months, I’ve played on green clay in the Florida heat, and on hard courts in the heat spell at La Jolla where it was close to triple digits. I must have a screw loose !! Maria Nunez arrived early and we were lucky to get some hitting in. She played today, and won 6-4, 6-0. She plays Erika Smith from Oakland, California who won today, in her first round. I have a bye. Marlo Carruth, from So Cal (originally from Fresno in NorCal though so she’s all right!) is seeded # 1 in the Women’s 40 division. She also had a bye, so we got a couple of sets in today. I feel like I had a tough first round match, so, hopefully I’ll be ready tomorrow. If the draws are put in, you can see who is playing. I’ll have more to report tomorrow.  Ciao

    The Women’s National 40 & 50 Indoor Championships began today. I’ve been here a couple extra days to try and feel out the courts and lighting, not to mention altitude indoors. I’ve been playi on red clay in Florida heat, and Hardcourts in the heat spell of La Jolla, close to triple digits. I must have a screw loose !! Maria Nunez arrived early and we were lucky to get some hitting in. She played today, and won 6-4, 6-0. She plays Erika Smith from Oakland, California who won today, in her first round. I have a bye. Marlo Carruth, seeded # 1. In the Women’s 40 division, also had a bye, so we got a couple of sets in today. I feel like I had a tough first round match, so, hopefully I’ll be ready tomorrow. If the draws are put in, you can see who is playing. I’ll have more to report tomorrow.  Ciao

    Draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=139786

    Photos below: Tracy/Marlo; Mary Dailey/Erika Smith; Maria Nunez

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