• Category Archives Merion 05
  • Cass, Koizumi, and Guerrant Win at Merion

    Julie Cass, Yukie Koizumi of Japan and Anne Guerrant won the singles titles at Merion today. Cass/Michelle King, Tracey Thompson/Robin Ogburn and Heide Orth/Molly Hahn won the doubles titles.


    Cass beat the top seed, Hy Yorke in 3 sets, dropping the first set 64 before running off 12 of the next 14 games to win 46 60 62. Cass then combined with Michelle King to win another gold ball, in another 3-set match. Cass/King beat Mary Dailey/Julie Kaczmarek 67 62 61. For Dailey it was a nice result in her first tournament following shoulder surgery (which took place only in April).


    The bronze balls in the 35’s went to King (who edged Kaczmarek in …yes, 3 sets) in singles and to Hollman/York in doubles. They beat Keener/Shipley in 2 sets for a change. Lawrence/Spears beat Henderson/Snook in 2 sets to place 5th.


    Hollman also took 5th in singles, beating Keener in the consolation final.


    Koizumi won the 45’s at Merion for the 3rd straight year. This was one of her most dominating performances. She beat Susan Wright who was playing her first senior grass final 62 61, and that was her closest score of the week. Gerda Preissing beat Tina Karwasky in 2 close sets to take the bronze, reversing her outcome of a year earlier.


    Robin Ogburn, playing a senior national event outside of California (and off of hard courts) for the first time, combined with Tracey Thompson to win the doubles in a thriller. They beat Preissing/Wright, the defending champions, 76 in the third set, 75 in the tiebreaker…what a finish to the tournament! Robin also won the consolation singles in the 45’s.


    The bronze ball in the 45 doubles went to Karwasky/Mary Ginnard, who edged Mary Johnson/Frances O’Sullivan in 3 sets. Koizumi/Neuthaler won the back draw over Fahrenholz/Lackey in 3 sets.


    In the 55’s, Anne Guerrant was nearly as dominant all week as was Koizumi and never lost more than 3 games in any match. She finally stopped the 2 week run of Mary Wilson in the final. Marlie Buehler took 5th place in a 3-set win over Molly Hahn, decided by a third set tiebreaker, 8 points to 6.


    In the 55 doubles, Hahn and Orth successfully defended their title, edging Mueller/Williams-Horne in 3 sets. Carter/Buehler won the bronze, also in 3 sets, over Bennett/Louie. Cindy Babb/Susie Peiffer took 5th in doubles.


  • Merion, Friday

    Mariana Hollman and Robin Keener face off in the feed-in final of the 35’s tomorrow morning, and play in the 3/4 playoff in doubles


    Laurence/Spears won the 35 consolation doubles over Snook/Henderson.


    In the 45’s, Robin Ogburne demolished Mary Ginnard in singles and faces her doubles partner, Tracey Thompson in the feed-in final. Tracey ousted Frances O’Sullivan in 3 sets.


    The FIC doubles final is set between Lackey/Fahrenholz and Koizumi/Neuthaler.


    In the 55’s, Marlie Buehler faces Molly Hahn in the 5/6 playoff. Buehler beat Brenda Carter then Pat Keleman in straight sets; Hahn beat Cindy Babb in the other feed-in semi.


    Pat Parsons/Lurline Fujii are in the consolation final in 55 doubles. They take on Babb and Peiffer who eliminated Cooper/Goodman in the feed-in sems.


    In the only main draw match played Friday, Barb Mueller beat Ching Ling Chang 75 ret inj. to win the bronze ball.


    The rest of the finals and playoffs take place Saturday at Merion.










  • Wright, Wilson Make Waves at Merion

    There were lots of upsets at Merion on Thursday.


    In the 35’s, Cass and Yorke, the top 2 seeds, both made it to the final, but in very different fashion. Yorke struggled past Michelle King, edging her 64 in the third, while Cass cruised past Julie Kaczmarek in the bottom half of the draw. In doubles, Cass/King will take on Mary Dailey/Kaczmarek in the final. Dailey, who won the 35 world championship in April, also had shoulder surgery in April. Dailey/Kaczmarek upset the defending champions, Mariana Hollman/Yorke in the semis.


    In the 45’s, Susan Wright, still improving each year, upset Tina Karwasky in 3 tight sets. It was a rare 3 set loss for Karwasky. Wright faces defending champion Yukie Koizumi who dismissed Gerda Preissing with the loss of only 2 games in the other semi.


    The seedings held true in the 45 doubles, with Tracey Thompson/Robin Ogburn ousting Karwasky/Mary Ginnard in 3 sets and Preissing/Wright beating Mary Johnson/Frances O’Sullivan in straight sets.


    In the 55’s, Mary Wilson continued her stellar grass court run with a straight set win over Barb Muller. She will take on Anne Guerrant who ended the run of Ching Ling Chang in the semis. Guerrant has dropped only 8 games over 4 matches thus far in this event.


    The 55 doubles went according to form, with the top seeds beating the 3 & 4 seeds to reach the final. Hahn/Orth will face Williams-Horne/Muller in the doubles final.


    The weather in Philly has been extremely hot, 90’s and humid.


  • Merion, Wed July 20th

    Day 3 at Merion saw 1 upset in the 35’s and several in the 55 singles. The doubles went according to form to the semis, no upsets at all.


    Michelle King beat the 2004 finalist in the 35 singles, Marianna Hollman, in straight sets. She takes on Hy Yorke the #1 seed in the semis, while her doubles partner, Julie Cass will face Julie Kaczmarek.


    In the 45’s, the top 4 seeds eased into the semis without the loss of a set. Wright plays Karwasky and Koizumi plays Preissing.


    In the 55’s, Ching Ling Chang continued her fine play, edging Judy Louie in 3 sets. Mary Wilson also continued her stellar grass court run, beating Heide Orth, the defending finalist, in 3 sets, for her 2nd win over Orth in as many weeks. She next takes on Barb Mueller, who dismissed #4 seeded Marlie Buehler, a former finalist at Merion, 62 62. Ann Guerrant, playing her first Cat I national of the year, has cruised to the singles final…she faces Ching Ling Chang, also from Arizona in the other semi.