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  • BallenIsles Final Day:Brrr giving way to a California Blue Sky Day

    The weather the final three days at BallenIsles was Friday; all day rain; Saturday: all day wind; Sunday; at very cold morning followed by a beautiful afternoon and a lot of great tennis as a result. Alls well that ends well as some English writer once wrote.

    I played Kathy Foulk in the 60s singles final and won in a repeat of the final of the ITF Regional last November. After struggling with the wind, the sunny, calm day was a pleasure to play in and Kathy is always a pleasure to play as well. We had some good points and a few long games, but I had a good day.

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    Betsy Savitt/Kathy Zanon won the 60 doubles over Foulk/Frances O’Sullivan 62 36 1/0 (5).

    In the 40s, Paula Myslivecek beat Kim Jones (who was playing down…she’s in the 55s) 62 61 to win the singles, and then combined with Christina Sirianni to win the doubles 62 61.


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    In the 50s, Erin Boynton’s dream run to the final ran into Shelly Works and abruptly ended. Shelly is an unbelievable mover and makes errors you can count using the fingers on one hand. Shelly admitted that Erin might also have been a bit tired from playing two three setters yesterday and a doubles match, but Erin said she felt good, that Shelly was just too good. Mariana Hollman though did admit she was tired (she lost a long one to Works on Saturday) and fell 64 75 to Rene Tharpe. Rene was up 42 in the second set and when Mariana rallied to win three straight games. With memories of the lead she’d leg go the day before fresh in her mind, she kept attacking and moving Hollman around to win 64 75. Tharpe was in (happy) tears at the end as it was her first win over the tenacious Hollman.


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    Terri Gaskill/Jones won the 50 doubles by default over Works/Hollman. Works tried for two days to change her flight but due to the snowstorm Jonas was unable to even reach someone on the phone to discuss the possibilities.


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    Brenda Carter scooped up the (figurative) hardware in the 70s, beating  her doubles partner, Betty Wachob (the Gold Slam champion from 2015 in the 70 singles) and then joining Betty in beating Lee Delfausse/Sue Kimball in the 70 doubles final. Kimball placed third in singles after beating Ellen Goodman in the 3/4 playoff.

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    Inge Weber of Canada, who just aged up to the 80s, beat Judith Smith (who upset current world 80s champion Burnett Herrick) 61 75. Smith and Herrick had to go the distance to beat Mimi Donegan/Libby Keenan in the doubles final, winning 16 62 1-0 (9). Herrick edged Carol Wood 64 in the third to place third in singles.


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    All consolation matches played after Thursday were played using short sets (first to 4, tiebreak at 4-4), no-ad and a match tiebreak in cases of split sets, regardless of the way the scores were reported.


    Here’s a link to the draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=171480#&&s=8Results0


    Link to photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/111133686884013323699/BallenIsles2016?authuser=0&feat=directlink

  • WINDY Quarterfinal, Semifinal Day at BallenIsles

    Yesterday, Friday, was a washout, though it wasn’t super windy or particularly cold. Today was a sunny, cool and very windy day with gusts up to 40 mph (maybe more, I’m guessing a bit). Tables and chairs blew over but no players. At times the gusts were so strong my racquet was moving around on its own while I was waiting to return serve. Fortunately, the courts at BallenIsles are hydro courts (with underground watering); if not, the clay would also have blown off the courts and the courts would have dried out and continuous all-day play wouldn’t have been possible.

    I played two singles matches. First I played Pat Hirsch from Ohio, and indoor player. She also tops out at just over five feet tall and probably 105 pounds but she kept her feet on the ground while we played. I won 60 60, and the wind probably helped me some as I was much more used to it. Then I played Becky Timmis from Georgia who was the #3 seed. She won a good match in the quarter against Meg Barclay, rebounding from a 52 second set deficit, and holding off three set points to win 64 75. I play Kathy Foulk, who had a tough match with the improving Birgitte Hostrop from Denmark, winning 63 64. She then beat Debbie Antoine 61 61 to reach the final (and won a doubles match later with Frances O’Sullivan to reach the doubles final).

    In the 40s, Kim Jones beat #2 seed Daniela Esswein 62 62 but the match took nearly 2 hours. She plays Paula Myslivecek in the final tomorrow. Myslivecek and Christina Sirianni edged Ligia Bottinelli/Stacey Williams 10-8 in the match tiebreak to reach the doubles final against Cheryl Keller/Susan Kirby in the 40s.


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    In the 50s, Erin Boynton reached the final the hard way, dropping the first set of both her matches before rebounding to win in three. First she upset #2 seed Julie Farina 16 62 62. Then, playing Rene Tharpe (who ousted #4 seeded Terri Gaskill) she went down 60 41…had Tharpe right where she wanted her apparently, because she reeled off five straight games. Tharpe got a bit too tentative and Erin did a great job of combining patience and aggressiveness in the wind to take the set which featured many lengthy games. Tharpe took a 3/1 lead in the third…and again Erin then took five games in a row, to reach the final against Shelly Works. Works beat Mariana Hollman, her doubles partner 64 64 in the same time it took Erin to beat Tharpe in three sets.


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    The top four seeds in the 50s reached the doubles semis with Keller/Kirby the only ones to drop a set (to Bottinelli/Williams, who again lost a match tiebreak).

    In the 70s, Brenda Carter/Betty Wachob are in the singles and doubles finals (against Lee Delfausse/Sue Kimball).

    In the 80s, Judy Smith scored a big upset, beating Burnett Herrick 64 76 (3) and plays Canada’s Inge Weber in the final. Weber beat Carol Wood. In doubles, Libby Keenan/Mimi Donegan beat Wood/Muffie Grieve and play Herrick/Smith in the final.

    Weather tomorrow is supposed to be very cold (low 40s at match time) but not so windy.

  • Rain Out at BallenIsles

    An all day rain prevented any play at the Les Grandes Dames tennis tournament at BallenIsles Country Club today. There’s a full slate of matches tomorrow though, beginning at 10am. 

  • BallenIsles: Let the Tournaments Begin, 2016

    The first Category II National tournament of the year started yesterday, January 20th, at the BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. It’s an all-women’s tournament held on clay, and offers age divisions 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80+. There are unfortunately no 30s players here but the other age divisions have pretty good attendance.

    I played Anna Grier today and won 60 60. Shelly Works from San Antonio,TX,  the top seed in the 50s, and with whom I’m practicing this week, won her matches in singles and doubles easily (with Mariana Hollman). Not all seeds though sailed through as well though today.


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    In the 50s, Sheila Chiricosta lost to Lilia Britto from Brazil. Sheila broke a finger on her left hand back in November (she’s right handed but two-handed backhand). She lost 64 63 to Lilia. However the rest of the 50s seeds advanced.


    In the 60s the four seeds advanced to the quarters. However Kathy Foulk needed three seeds to overcome Dutch player Sylvia Lievers, though she finished strong, winning 60 in the third. Deborah MacFarlane Antoine edged local favorite Frances O’Sullivan 76 in the third.

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    In the 70s, Sue Kimball, who has been most successful in Husband/Wife events, upset #3 seeded Carol Clay in a topsy-turvy match 64 46 63. Clay was up 4-2 in the first before Kimball won 8 games on the trot…at which time, with Kimball leading 64 40, Clay won six straight games (and Kimball broke a string too at 4-4 deuce). Kimball then won the third set 63 and was quite excited. Ellen Goodman, Clay’s doubles partner, had better luck in singles, upsetting Kimball’s doubles partner, Lee Delfausse 64 64 to reach the semis. Clay/Goodman did advance in doubles in a match tiebreak over Dickenson/Graham, while the rest of the seeds advanced easily.

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    There was only one 80s match today but it was a three-setter, won by Libby Keenan 60 16 63 over Canadian Muffie Grieve.

    Draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=171480#&&s=8Results4