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  • Fort Lauderdale ITF Grade 1/USTA Cat II Sunday: The End

    Writing from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

    The last day of the Fort Lauderdale tournament was played under sunny skies. It was very windy, at least by the time I played singles at 10:30. I beat Wendy McColskey 63 62. It was a tough match, with lots of running, and so very windy…I’d swing at a ball only for it to move several feet as I was swinging forward…and of course that happened to Wendy as well. Bunnie Jackson beat Kathy Foulk to place third.

    In the 55s, Jenny Klitch played a perfect match to beat Shelly Works 61 60 in about an hour, which is not easy to do. Shelly said Jenny was great at turning defense into offense nearly perfectly. Yvette Kruger placed third when Simone Vasconcellas didn’t play the 3/4 playoff due to injury.

    Wendy McColskey, playing with her sister Dale won the 65 doubles 26 64 64 over Cindy LePrevost/Betsy Savitt. Tina Karwasky/Jan Kirkland-Cochran finished third.

    The 55 doubles took place between Rainy Miller/Shelly Works and Anne Frautschi/Susanne Zuniga. Frautschi/Zuniga, who upset the #1 seeds in the first round went up 5/0 in the doubles final….only to lose the next 10 games! Then they rallied to tie the set at 3-3 and 4-4 before Miller/Works closed out the match 75 64. They had a lot of long and varied points…it wasn’t easy to win a point out there. I saw Works miss one ball into the net…she must have been really frustrated when she yelled “fiddlesticks”, a Shelly Works epithet if there ever was one. Mariana Hollman/Stacey Williams edged Susan Boyer/Susan Love 64 in the third; Susan Love’s legs finally gave out after an awful lot of matches in the past 3 days.

    Betty Wachob/Sue Kimball won the 75 doubles beating tournament director Margy Edmunds/Kay Britt in the final.

    Kris McDonald, Hollman/Williams, Miller/Works, McColskey/Nichols, Clay/Love, Boyer/Love

    There are probably still matches going on in the consolation. As always, for complete results click here to reach the tournament website.

  • Fort Lauderdale ITF Grade 1/USTA Cat II, Saturday, Day 4

    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

    On a beautiful day for tennis (mid-70s, moderate breeze, thin cloud cover), play resumed in earnest at the Lauderdale Tennis Club.

    The 75s final started off the day with Carolann Castell continuing where she left off in upsetting Susan Kimball…ie playing great tennis. She took on Betty Wachob, the top seed and beat her 62 64, moving very well and playing solid all-court tennis.

    The 85s final between Burnett Herrick, a multiple world champion, and local favorite Lucille Kyvallos was next up. The match went the distance (yes, the 85s played a full two out of three sets) with Herrick winning 61 57 61. Kyvallos cramped in the third which tells you something about how much these ladies were running.

    The 35s winner is Kristine Kraujina (three person round robin) and the 45s Ann Clark (2 entrants)\

    In the 55s, Jenny Klitch played another great match, beating Yvette Kruger 2,1 and Shelly Works took out Simone Vasconcellos of Brazil 75 63.

    I didn’t see the 55s (or 85s) matches because I was getting my money’s worth of tennis playing Bunnie (Allare) Jackson. I won 61 67 (5) 62. I think I wore her out but she played a great second set. We both had chances to finish off the set before it reached a tiebreaker but it wasn’t to be. I play Wendy McColskey, a 62 62 winner over Kathy Foulk…that match was played earlier and was done before we took the court. Wendy is the 2019 ITF World Champion in 65 singles…not a typical Grade 1 final, that’s for sure.

    In doubles, the top seeds in the 55s and 65s are gone. Yesterday the team of Anne Frautschi/Susanne Zuniga beat Kris McDonald/Kathy Zanon 76 in the third and today they took out unseeded Susan Boyer/Susan Love in the semis 75 64. The face the #3 seeds (and Hard Court champions) Rainy Miller/Shelly Works who edged #2 seeded Mariana Hollman/Stacey Williams in two tight sets.

    In the 65s, Cindy LePrevost/Betsy Savitt, unseeded, took out Tina Karwasky/Jan Kirkland-Cochran 26 76 (5) 62; they play Dale and Wendy McColskey in the final; Dale and Wendy received a walkover into the doubles final due to an injury from one of their opponents.

    In the 75s, Kimball/Wachob, the top seeds did advance to the final; they face tournament director Margy Edmunds and Kay Britt who were leading Castell/Lee Delfausse when they retired due to injury.

    Herrick/Judy Smith won the 85 doubles.

    There will be some photos tomorrow! At least one.

    Results, including 3/4 playoffs and consolation can be found here.

  • Rain in the Sunshine State: Fort Lauderdale ITF Grade 1/USTA Super Cat II Day 3, Friday

    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

    The forecast for today was for rain and the prediction was correct…it poured most of the morning in Fort Lauderdale. An hour north it also rained hard but stopped an hour or two earlier. All the rain meant no matches started till 3:30pm.

    I warmed up in Palm Beach Gardens and then drove down, arriving just as the tournament decided to postpone the 65 singles till tomorrow, which, given that we were in the semis and the tournament ends on Friday was a good decision. It did mean I drove about 2.5 hours unnecessarily, but it wasn’t rush hour either way, it happens. The 85s final was also postponed, as were (I believe) the 55 semis.

    But there was tennis. The 55 singles quarters were all played and in a “Groundhog Day” match, Jenny Klitch beat Susan Love 64 62 in a match that was very similar to their second round encounter from last week. Same opponents, same score. All four seeds advanced, Klitch to play Yvette Kruger and Shelly Works to play Simone Vasconcellas of Brazil.

    The 75s did play their semis, with Betty Wachob beating Sheila Weinstock and Carolann Castell upsetting #2 seeded Sue Kimball.

    The draws aren’t posted right now but results are available here.

  • Fort Lauderdale ITF Grade 1/USTA Super Cat II, Jabour Cup Day 2, Thursday

    Palm Beach Gardens, FL

    On a warm (80s), windy, humid day, most players were in action in the 55/65/75 & 85 divisions. In singles the upsets were hard to come by but in 55 doubles, Susan Boyer (back from a two year hiatus) and Susan Love (back from a hiatus as well) combined perfectly to pick off the #4 seeds, Tina Karwasky and Jan Kirkland-Cochran in the round of 16. Karwasky/Kirkland-Cochran though had no problems advancing in the 65s, where they are in the quarters.

    All the singles seeds advanced in the 55 & 65s without drama. In the 75s, Ann Hunt defaulted to Sheila Weinstock, her doubles partner, the other three seeds advanced. Sue Kimball and Betty Wachob are the 2nd and 1st seeds, age ups this year.

    The 85s final is set between Lucille Kyvallos (who fell, tweaked her ankle and skinned her elbow…and won nonetheless over Esther Williams; she faces Burnett Herrick who weathered a stern test from Judy Smith in the second set but prevailed 62 75.

    In 65 doubles, Kathy Foulk/Lil Pelt-Petow had to default due to injury; the remaining seeds progressed. The seeds in the grass 75s also advanced.

    All results are here.

    I will post some photos by Saturday.

  • Works, McColskey and Fales Take Singles Titles in Fort Lauderdale

    Shelly Works can run….and hit a tennis ball too, she played a smart match and handled the wind very well and beat me in the 55s final in Fort Lauderdale. We had a 3 hour delay to the match because we were waiting for a 75s 3/4 match..(CarolAnn Castell finally put away Susanne Clark in three sets) and there was a 30 minute rain delay. Terri Thompson finished 3rd.

    The late start to our singles meant Shelly and Rainy Miller vs Abbi Neuthaler/Frances O’Sullivan was the late afternoon/cocktail entertainment…Works and Miller placed third.

    The 55s doubles final was a good one judging by the cheering (the match was on the court behind ours) and intense (judging but the cursing by one of the players…don’t know which one) and when I saw the score I understood why. Kris McDonald and Kathy Zanon won 76 76 over Sheri Adler/Cheryl Hicks.

    Wendy McColskey easily won the 65 singles, to no one’s surprise, beating Lil Peltz-Petow in the final and looked to be on her way to winning the doubles too with sister Dale McColskey…they took the first set 62 before Lil and Jan Kirkland-Cochran rebounded to win 64 in the third before a big crowd. Becky Timmons placed third in singles and Cindy Babb/Ann Stanley placed third in doubles.

    Donna Fales dropped the first set in the 75 singles to her doubles partner Cathie Anderson, who handled the windy conditions well with her steady play. Fales came back though to win 63 in the third.

    And that’s a wrap on the Lamita Jabour/Les Grandes Dames/Fort Lauderdale Cat II/ITF Grade 1 tournament. I have next week off, then will play the next Grandes Dames/JoAnne Russell/ITF Grade1/USTA Cat II tournament in Naples, FL.

    Here’s a photo of the McColskey sisters plus one…who doesn’t belong?

    Draws are here

    Photos are here

  • Castell/Delfausse Win 75 Doubles in Fort Lauderdale Friday

    The final of the 75 doubles and the singles semis were held today at the Fort Lauderdale Cat II/ITF Grade 1. Carolann Castell/Lee Delfausse, seeded 2, upset top seeded Cathie Anderson/Donna Fales in a topsy-turvy match 6136 62. Castell avenged the singles loss she suffered to Anderson earlier in the day. Anderson won a tightly contested singles match 75 (after leading 51) 64 (after trailing 3/0). Fales beat Susanne Clark 62 63 in the other semi. The final is tomorrow.

    The 65s went strictly according to the seeds today, with Wendy McColskey beating Becky Timmis 64 60 and Lil Peltz-Petow playing flawlessly to beat Sue Bramlette. Pelt-Petow continued her flawless play in doubles, combining with Jan Kirkland-Cochran to beat Cindy LePrevost/Ann Stanley in straight sets. McColskey and her sister Dale overpowered Bramlette/Kerry Young to reach the final.

    In the 55s, I beat Terri Thompson 61 60…she hit four winners in the first game but luckily for me cooled off a bit after that, and Shelly Works beat Jeannie MacEachern 60 61. We are scheduled to play tomorrow at 11am. I’m bringing my lunch with me!

    In 55 doubles, Kris McDonald/Kathy Zanon were solid against Frances O’Sullivan/Abbi Neuthaler and Cheryl Hicks/Sheri Adler overpowered Rainy Miller/Shelly Works, or at least Adler did. She has a seriously good forehand! And her volleys weren’t bad either.

    There was an exhibition 85 singles match too, Lucille Kyvallos vs a Brazilian lady. Lucille won convincingly…she’s playing very well, perhaps motivated by thoughts of a women’s 85 cup this year.

    It was nice to see Susan Boyer.

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    Draws are here.

    Photos are here.

  • Fort Lauderdale Grandes Dames; ITF Grade 1; USTA Super Cat 2, Thursday

    The second of a series of four “Grandes Dames” Women’s tournaments is going on now in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and finishes Sunday. This year, in addition to USTA members earning USTA Super Cat II points, players with IPINs will earn ITF Grade 1 points. The tournament is sponsored by Lamita Jabour.

    The events being held are women’s 55/65/75 singles and doubles. 35/45/85 were on offer but not enough people entered to make a draw.

    In the 55s, the top three seeds won, Shelly Works, Terri Thompson and I won. MJ Pachl, the #4 seed played fellow Canadian Jeanie MacEarchen. MacEarchen looked to be on her way to a comfortable win, leading a set and 41, but MJ rallied to force a third and led 42 and 54, but MacEarchen stopped missing altogether and won 75 in the third.

    There were no upsets in doubles either.

    In the 65s, Becky Timmis, the 4th seed, had to fight hard to beat Miriam Morey in three tight sets…her reward is a semifinal meeting with Wendy McColskey. Sue Bramlette takes on Lil Peltz-Petow on the bottom half of the draw.

    In 65 doubles, all the matches were tight except for the McColskey’s who won 62 62. They face Bramlette/Kerry Young while Leprevost/Ann Stanley face the hyphenated team, Kirkland-Cochran/Peltz-Petow in the semis.

    The 75 singles semis are set with CarolAnn Castell to take on Cathie Anderson for the 2nd time this year already and Donna Fales will play Susanne Clark.

    The 75s doubles final will take place tomorrow: Anderson/Fales vs Castell/Delfausse.

    Draws are here.

    There’s a dinner tonight and there were free box lunches this afternoon. The weather was sunny, warm and breezy.

  • Sunday Funday

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Susan and I practiced today with Mary Dailey and Vesna McKenna. No eyes were blackened during this practice match. Susan and I warmed up for a while first…even did some ladder drills. Our match was a lot of fun. We were at the Lauderdale Tennis Club so members dropped by to watch from time to time.

    The weather here is warm, upper 80s and breezy, but between the breeze and the intermittent clouds, the heat wasn’t too bad.

    Tomorrow we are off to Naples. The showers still aren’t working (well, technically they work, but just leak, one into my neighbor’s apartment and the other into my downstairs ceiling). Those leaks made it an easy decision to leave early for the tournament.

    Here are a couple of photos…Susan and me, Mary Dailey and Susan…Vesna was camera shy and also needed to get going.

    Next report from Naples!

  • One Day Closer

    Today, Saturday started off…rather wet. Not the weather…both of my bathrooms decided to leak, the guest bathroom into my neighbor two stories below and the master bathroom into my living room ceiling. So we are down to a half bath that is in working order and showers at the club. Not an ideal situation especially for my house guest & doubles partner Susan (MaryKay) Wright! Her eye by the way is fine but a bit swollen.

    Susan and I continued our preparation for the Clay today but our paths diverged for the day. Susan practiced with Tangerine Manning, who ended up 2017 ranked #1 in the 45s nationally. I biked and ran wind sprints. Tomorrow we are back on the doubles court though.

    Florida is warm and breezy and rather humid, exactly what is expected for April 7th. the photo below is of one of the many rivers running through Fort Lauderdale…this one goes past the Tennis Club.

  • Manning, Nichols, McColskey & Anderson Win Singles Titles Sunday at Crawford Cup

    Sunday was a beautiful day to play tennis, albeit a bit warm for Northerners, as temperatures flirted with 80 and the humidity increased. All the singles started at 9am.

    I played Ann Clark, who is not yet 55 (she turns 55 in May). She took out the #4 seed, Sally Smith, in straight sets on Thursday and was on Fran Chandler’s side of the draw. (Fran hurt her leg in warm up yesterday). Anyway, Ann is a good player, moved well and we played well over 90 minutes before I won 60 63. The 3/4 was a double default as Susan Boyer hurt herself in the second set of our match yesterday.

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    Wendy McColskey, making her 65s debut, beat Anne Guerrant (who ranked as high as #11 in the world and who won the Australian Open doubles title twice) 63 63. Wendy impressed with her forehand and movement all week. The 3/4 was a long battle finally won 9-7 in the third set tiebreak over Toni Novack in about three hours.

    Cathie Anderson and Charleen HIllebrand, both from Southern California, have had many battles. Cathie anticipates really well and Charleen has always had aggressive ground strokes. Cathie came out on top  after dropping the first set; she won the final sets 64 63 and wore out Hillebrand in the hot and humid conditions. Hillebrand though recovered well enough to combine with Sheila Weinstock to win the 75 doubles 63 62 over Ria Graham/Carol Wood. Sheila fell to Susanne Clark in three sets in the 3/4 playoff.

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    Tangerine Manning, a tall big hitter, overpowered Martha Garzon 62 75 to win the 45 singles. Kris McDonald and Kathy Zanon though won the 45 doubles over much younger opponents Barni/O’Hern 62 75.

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    Results: http://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/tournament.aspx?t=192561

    Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/Wmf39qxu2CQjofAk8


    Thanks to Margy Edmund, Peggy Machoian, the staff and members of the Lauderdale Tennis Club for hosting another successful Crawford Cup tournament. Great weather, nice crowds, lots of fun.

  • Les Grandes Dames: Crawford Cup, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    This week there is a USTA Super Category II championship at the venerable Lauderdale Tennis Club in Fort Lauderdale. Named in honor of tournament director emeritus Patty Crawford, the tournament features high level play in a tennis crazy environment. There are eight buildings surrounding the 20 clay and three hard courts here, and most of the residents play tennis; all are club members. As a result, the crowds watching the matches are bigger than those seen at some pro events and the the spectators are a knowledgeable group.

    The tournament offers singles and doubles in women’s 45/55/65 & 75 age divisions; there was also a small singles draw in the 85s.

    Today I played Anna Greer and won in singles without too much trouble, but Pam Cooke and I had our hands full against Sally Smith and Christie Cherry in doubles. We won 75 63, but were down a set point in the first set at 4-5 before winning six games on the trot. From 3/0 in the second it got interesting but we managed to close out the match with a lot of lobs and an occasional volley.

    Tomorrow I play Terri Thomson, a lefty who handled Margy Petit 60 60; in doubles we play Bottinelli/Ginnard, another tough team.

    Also in the 55s, Ann Clark rallied from 2/5 down to beat Sally Smith, the #4 seed, 75 62. The other seeds advanced without incident.

    In the 45s, Karin Weiner upset #2 seed, Tangerine Manning.

    Below are a few of the players who were enjoying watching a good doubles match. Photo credit: Sue Bramlette.


  • Crawford Cup Sunday: It’s a Wrap

    Sunday was a chilly, windy day in Florida but dry and the tournament was finished on time.

    Donna Fales was flawless all week in the women’s 75s and never more so than today. Unseeded Suella Steel was her victim today. Sue Bramlette was admiring of Fale’s classic game and penetrating strokes. There’s a reason I have no photos of Fales in action…her matches were so quick that she was done and gone before I could make it to her court.

    Christina Sirianni beat Jennifer Bishop to take the 35s title, 61 5-6 ret. inj. This was one of several injuries today. Jennifer pulled or strained an abdominal muscle and couldn’t finish the match.

    Toni Novack beat Carol Clay to win the 65s 76 26 42 ret. inj. (knee). All those dropshots by Toni can take a toll. Sue Bramlette beat Simmy Pell for third. Bramlette/Kerry Young took the 55 doubles title with a 62 62 win over Novack/Cindy Babb.

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    Diane Barker beat Fran Chandler 26 64 61 to win the 55s in just under three hours. Fran’s consistency won the first set, but once Diane dialed in her superior court position and hard groundstrokes were able to penetrate even Chandler’s suffocating defense. Chandler had a chance to level the second set at 5-5 but once that chance was gone, Barker’s offense was too potent. I won the 3/4 playoff over Susan Boyer 62 64, in about 2 1/2 hours. It was super windy today and tough to play, but we had a good match and long points.


    Photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/111133686884013323699/CrawfordCup2016

    Draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170979#&&s=8Results0

  • Crawford Cup Friday: Upsets, Tumbles and Tennis in the Wind

    The tennis started early on a cool, breezy Friday. A cold front bringing cold weather and some rain improved the courts’ playability a lot, and the grounds crew did a great job getting the courts ready for play at 9am sharp. Draws are here: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170979#&&s=7

    Cindy Johnson, the #3 seed in the 55 singles, tumbled out of the tournament literally, around 10am…she was playing Susan Boyer, the #5 seed (Susan leading 4/3), fell and broke her wrist. The good news, if there can be some, is that it was her left wrist and she’s a righty with a one-handed backhand. She said she’d broken it before, a decade earlier and was quite certain it was broken and when she came back from the hospital it was with a cast and a prescription for percoset (a pain reliever). However it wasn’t a severe break and hopefully she’ll be back in action soon. Her main concern was her ability to snorkel in two weeks in Hawaii (her on site orthopedic looked pretty skeptical about that).  Diane Barker, Fran Chandler and I won; I play Fran in the semis tomorrow at 9am.


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    Erin Boynton/Abbi Neuthaler, the 4th seeds, played one of their best matches to oust the 2nd seeds, Ann Pellow/Yvonne Gallop 63 62. They play the top seeds, Betsy Savitt/Kris McDonald in the final. Savitt/McDonald had to go three sets to oust Boyer/Kathy Vick. Ann is holding up her hand in apology for nailing Erin in the back with a volley.

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    In the 75s, Suella Steel continued her comeback from injury and illness, upsetting the #2 seed, Burnett Herrick 63 63 to advance to the semis against Ria Graham. Ria upset #3 seeded Inge Weber of Canada in three sets, then played (according to Carol Wood) great doubles as Wood/Graham beat Libby Keenan/Lola O’Sullivan to advance to the finals. There they face Steel/Weinstock, who took out Herrick/Dorothy Wasser. Weinstock will also take on Donna Fales in the other semi tomorrow.

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    In the 65s, Kerry Young, the top seed, defaulted out of the tournament (sore shoulder), but after treatment was able to successfully combine with Sue Bramlette to reach the doubles semis. Sue Kimball, the #3 seed, fell to Simmy Pell in two tough sets and Carol Clay and Toni Novack also advanced. Bramlette plays Clay and Pell faces Novack in the semis. All the remaining doubles seeds advanced, though Clay/Ellen Goodman had to go three sets before taking down Liz Smylie/Elly Learie.

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    In 45s, Sirianni/Garzon won over Neuthaler/Johnson by default (broken wrist, remember?) and in the 35 doubles, the Canadian duo of Jennifer Bishop/Liane Mar took the title. Bishop and Mar play tomorrow in the semis and Sirianni plays Funk.

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    The 85 doubles final was held today and Jane Lutz/Rita Price beat Rosie Asch and Louise Russ.


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