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  • La Jolla Hard Courts: 40s Men & Women, Father/Son & Grandfather/Grandson Cancelled due to California Regulations

    Sadly, the Men’s and Women’s 40 Hard Courts, Father/Son Hard Courts and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Courts have been cancelled, another victim of Covid-19.

    From the email I received yesterday (from Pierrette Featherby of the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club):


    I was hoping this day would never come, but it has, so sadly I must inform you we have been forced to cancel the USTA 40 & over Men’s, Women’s, Mixed & Father/Son, Grandfather/Grandson Designated Open Sectional Hard Court Championships. Because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases San Diego County has shifted into Tier 1 otherwise known as the Purple Tier. Tennis tournaments will not be permitted.

    This being said, we would still love to have you come; play some tennis, relax and have a good time.  If you choose to do so we will offer you the tournament rate and help you arrange some tennis matches.

    Below is a message from Bill Kellogg (which you may also read on the tournament website)

    Unfortunately, we have learned that the State of California is currently not allowing tennis tournaments to take place. In addition, the County of San Diego has returned to the most restrictive purple COVID rating, Given the way the rating system works, it will not be possible, even under the best circumstances, for San Diego County to return to the Red Level anytime soon (earliest would be four weeks from 11/20/20 – i.e. after Thanksgiving). We had expected We had expected that the rules relating to sporting events would be relaxed by the first week in December, but that is not a possibility now. For those reasons, we will not be able to hold this tournament.

    A number of people made room reservations at our special tournament rates. We will, of course, refund your room deposit upon request. However, if you would like to stay at the club during the originally scheduled tournament dates and take advantage of the tournament rates we offered participants, you are welcome to do so. You will be able to play tennis while staying on property and we would be happy to arrange tennis matches while you are here if that is of interest to you. Just contact our reservations department and let them know what you want to do.

    If you have questions, please feel free to call Bill Kellogg at 858-735-6500 or Conan Lorenzo at 619-846-3094.

    May I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving and that 2021 will see the end to Covid-19!

    In the meantime please stay healthy and safe.

    Best regards,

    Pierrette Featherby”

  • Jane Lutz Wins 90 Singles and Doubles at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club Saturday

    Jane Lutz, 90, played six sets of tennis today to win the USTA 90 hard court singles & doubles titles. Rita Price also played six sets of tennis today and came away with a singles silver and doubles gold for her efforts.

    Jane won the singles 26 75 64 over Price and Jane and Rita won the doubles 75 46 63 over Janet Hubbard/Pat Wiedenmann.

    I repeat…Jane is 90, Rita is 92 and they played for over four hours on hard courts no less.

    The photos below are courtesy of Mary Johnson

    • Photos (more will be added)
    Jane Lutz and the class fun maker Rita Price
    Rita Price
    Jane Lutz

  • Finals Day, National Women’s Hard Courts, La Jolla: Two Marathons in One Day!

  • Friday was finals day at the USTA National Hard Courts at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. I didn’t get to see much tennis because I was on court most of the day from about 11:30 till about 8pm. Susan Wright and I played our second marathon in a month, and it was a tough match. I came away with the 26 75 76(4) win in about 3.5 hours (was down 41 in the third but kept on fighting). Susan is as gracious in defeat as in victory, the sign of a champion. About 90 minutes later Robin Harris and I took on Susan and Shannon Carney in the doubles final. Three hours later Susan and Shannon came away with a well deserved 57 63 62 win.
  • Shannon won the 3/4 playoff over Cindy Johnson in a match tiebreak 14-12. Their tiebreak (they were playing next to us) seemed to go on forever, though I think their match was shorter than ours. Erin Boynton/Abbi Neuthaler won the bronze over Una Davis/Tracey Thompson. Kathy Vick took 5th and Erin Boynton took 7th. (The tournament had a quarterfinal playoff and then a 7/8 playoff for the quarterfinal losers who lost their first match in the playoff, a first.
  • Jen Dawson was the only double gold winner of the week, edging top seeded Andrea Rice in a grueling 75 75 win. I saw a little of the beginning of the match and it was fantastic tennis. Jen is a rock at the baseline and Andrea played athletic all court tennis. You won’t find two nicer competitors anywhere (Shelly Works, you have competition for this title in these two!). Dawson teamed with Jenny Rens Keller to win the doubles over Rice/Anna Zimmermann 62 62. It was Jenny Keller’s first gold ball.
  • Conan Lorenzo, Andrea Rice and Jen Dawson with TD Bill Kellogg, photo courtesy of Mary Johnson
  • Kristen Kepler won the 50 singles bronze over Keller; Deb Higa/Jennifer Lyons took the bronze over Kepler/Neuthaler.
  • Judy Dixon won the 70 singles with an emphatic 63 60 win over #2 seeded Molly Hahn. I believe it was her first singles gold ball. Liane Bryson/Kathy Bennett won the doubles over Dixon/Vicky McEvoy 64 63. Sue Kimball edged Carol Gay in three sets for the singles bronze but Carol Gay/Sheila Johnson came away with the doubles win against Hahn/Kimball to win the doubles bronze.
  • Lorna Brooks, unseeded, won the 80 singles 62 64 over top seeded Dorothy Wasser. She did it the hard way too, beating the #3, #2 and #1 seeds en route to the title. Brooks is from Wyoming now but used to live in Exeter, in the Central Valley of California and we used to practice together about 35 years ago… I knew how good she was then and so wasn’t too surprised when she won. She was one of the top 2 juniors in SoCal as a youngster (Sally Huss was the top junior). She played with her hair down, which amazed some of the spectators (it doesn’t move). Lola O’Sullivan/Barbara Oldfield were the surprise doubles winner. For Barbara it was her first USTA ball of any color! They beat Claudia Giacommini/Dorothy Matthiessen 76(4) 63 for the gold.
  • Burnett Herrick won the 80 singles bronze by default (injury) over Carol Wood; Herrick/Wasser beat Lynn Tietz/Wood for the 80 doubles bronze.
  • The 90s final is this morning at 9am between Rita Price and Jane Lutz, followed by the de facto doubles final (it’s a three team round robin between the two undefeated teams) scheduled for 1pm.
  • Draws are here.
  • Day 1 Blog
  • Day 2 Blog
  • Day 3 Blog
  • Day 4 Blog
  • Photos (more will be added).

  • Semifinal Day: Loooong Day on Court

    I was on the court at least 6 hours today playing matches…started singles around 1:30, finished at 5pm then played doubles from about 6:15 to 9pm. That’s a lot of tennis. We started late because of morning rain, but as predicted it stopped around 11 or 11:30 and the courts were dry by 12:30. We had to wait a bit for a consolation match to finish. I played Shannon Gordon Carney from St Louis. She’s a former All American from UCLA and currently coaches a college team in St. Louis. She’s a counter puncher, I’m a counter puncher, we had long rallies despite a very stiff and persistent cross wind. I won 63 36 61…took five match points though in the last game. Susan Wright dispatched Texan Cindy Johnson 61 60. In doubles Robin Harris and I had a long battle which began in sunlight and finished under the lights. We won 36 61 64 against Una Davis/Tracey Thompson and it was a tough match with a lot of excellent points. We play Wright/Carney in the doubles final tomorrow…they took out Abbi Neuthaler/Erin Boynton 76 62.

    In other divisions, Lorna Brooks (my pre tournament dark horse pick in the 80s) reached the final with a 61 76 win over #2 seed Burnett Herrick. She plays top seeded Dorothy Wasser in the final; Dorothy edged Carol Wood in two tight sets.

    In doubles, Lola. O’Sullivan/Barbara Oldfield, the #3 seeds, upset #2 seeded Lynn Tietz/Carol Wood and take on #4 seeded Claudia Giacommini/Dorothy Matthiessen in the final. Claudia/Dorothy upset Wasser/Herrick in a long tough three setter.

    In the 70s Judy Dixon advanced to the final with a tough 3-setter over Carol Gay. I am not sure who won the other semi; the tournament website says Molly Hahn, but another press release says Sue Kimball…stay tuned. Update: Hahn won 63 62.

    I do know though that Dixon/Vicky McEvoy are in the doubles final against Kathy Bennett/Liane Bryson.

    In the 50s, the top 2 seeds, Andrea Rice and Jennifer Dawson advanced in straight sets to the final; Rice/Anna Zimmermann upset #1 seeded Deb Higa/Jennifer Lyons 62 75 and Dawson/Jenny Rens Keller ousted Kepler/Neuthaler.

    As expected Jane Lutz and Rita Price are in the 90 singles final.

    Live cam from ct 2: Court 2: https://www.ipcamlive.com/ljbtc

    Draws: https://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/tournament.aspx?t=222471

  • Quarterfinal Day at the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Courts

    There were a lot of great matches at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club today in La Jolla, CA.

    In the 50s, Kristen Kepler edged #4 seeded Anna Zimmermann in three sets, a reversal of their result last month on clay. La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club member, and an altogether great person (I mean, her nickname is “Bubbles” because of her bubble personality…she’s never met a stranger), Jenny Rens Keller upset #3 seeded Michelle Saunders 62 46 61; in the second set Jenny stopped attacking but she rectified that in the third. She joins her doubles partner Jen Dawson, and Andrea Rice in the semis.

    Rice/Zimmermann lost the first set to Krista Oconnor/Lisa Traylor before rallying for the win; Oconnor/Traylor play together a lot whereas it’s Rice/Zimmermann’s first tournament together. They face Deb Higa/Jennifer Lyons in one semi while Abbi Neuthaler/Kepler take on Dawson/Keller.

    In the 60s, the match of the day was that between Tina Karwasky and Cindy Johnson. Johnson quickly won the first set 60 and seemed on the way to a straight set win, leading 3-0 in the second; but Karwasky, the consummate professional, fought back strongly, forcing a third set, which was tight all the way. Johnson prevailed 64, using all of the court to earn the win. Kathy Vick played a good first set, and lead 5-3 but came up just short against Susan Wright, 5-7; Susan played a flawless second set winning it 60. Shannon Gordon Carney outplayed Colleen Ferrell Clery 61 62 and I beat Erin Boynton in a tough match (the score doesn’t reflect the quality of the points and games) 62 62. I play Shannon tomorrow.

    In doubles, Johnson was also involved in the match of the day. She teamed with Vick to take on Una Davis/Tracey Thompson. Johnson/Vick won the first set 62 and seemed on the cusp of victory after rallying from 3-5 down in the second to level it at 5-5, but Davis/Thompson relaxed, changed their strategy a bit and won 26 75 61. Robin Harris and I won 60 60; Wright/Gordon Carney won a tough match against Karwasky/Carolyn Lane 64 76 and Boynton/Neuthaler beat Sherri Bronson/Kim Dean.

    In the 70s, Carol Gay of San Diego blitzed Ann Loose (who played consecutive 3-set singles the past 2 days) 60 60; Judy Dixon won in straight sets; Molly Hahn overcame a set deficit to beat Mary Alice Pisani and Sue Kimball also rallied from a set down to beat Barbara Hubbard. In doubles, the top four seeds advanced; only Gay/Sheila Johnson dropped a set (to Diana Kitt/Pisani).

    In the 80s, Lorna Brooks knocked off Dorothy Matthiessen 63 60 to set up an interesting semi with Burnett Herrick. Carol Wood beat Kathie Meyering in a first time meeting and faces Dorothy Wasser next.

    In doubles, all four seeds prevailed though Tietz/Wood and O’Sullivan/Oldfield had tough three set wins to reach the semis; they face each other tomorrow. Wasser/Herrick beat Palmer/Brooks and take on Giacommini/Matthiessen in the semis.

    Lutz and Price sailed past Sally Fuller/Joyce Vanderpol; both Joyce and Sally had very long three setters yesterday.

    All draws and results are here.

    Monday round up

    Tuesday round up.

    Live cam for court 2 here.

  • National Women’s 50-90 Hard Courts: Tuesday, Day 2

    Let’s start with the 80s…Lorna Brooks from Wyoming (but a SoCal native), playing her annual national tournament (where she meets up with friends from the Central Valley of California where she lived for many years) aged up to the 80s this year (you’d never know it). Lorna played #3 seed Lola O’Sullivan (also hard to believe she’s in her 80s) and won 61 61. Next up, the legendary Dorothy Matthiessen…talk about a tough quarter! In contrast, top seeded Dorothy Wasser from Florida won 2/1 today (Bonnie Champion pulled a hamstring…ouch!) and then takes on Betty Hill tomorrow…Betty won a marathon 3-setter today, lasting well over three hours. Carol Wood will play Kathie Meyering, who had a three setter as well today. Burnett Herrick won over Sheila Palmer who withdrew with an injury.

    In doubles there are some intriguing matches tomorrow; Wasser/Herrick face Brooks/Palmer; Meyering/Smith play Tietz/Wood; and Katie Koontz making her return to national play after over a decade’s absence faces O’Sullivan/Barbara Oldfield.

    In the 90s, the co-#1 seeds, Jane Lutz and Rita Price lounged while their semifinal opponents both played three-setters to get to the semis; fortunately they have tomorrow off from singles. Jane plays local Sally Fuller while Rita will play Joyce Vanderpol. Sally and Joyce will play Rita and Jane in doubles though tomorrow in the first of 3 round robin doubles matches in the 90s.

    In the 50s #3 seeded Michelle Saunders had a challenging second set from Yumi Hansen but prevailed 62 75. She faces local star Jenny Rens Keller in what should be a good counterpunch/punch match. Jennifer Dawson will make her singles debut against Yvette Kruger. And Anna Zimmerman, the #4 seed has a rematch with Kristen Kepler; they played a month ago at the clay courts and had a good match.

    In doubles there were two upsets of 5-8 seeds; locals Anna Palmer and Tammy Stephens cruised past #5 seeds Andrea Wiggins/Andrea Thomason. Mary Graber/Trina Lee Molatkly edged another #5 seeded team, Darice Carneje/ Monica Sweet, getting stronger with each set.

    In the 70s, Ann Loose played and won a three setter for the second straight day, upsetting #5 Gwenda Ward 64 in the third. The remaining seeds won easily. Diane Kitt/Mary Alice Pisani upset #5 seeded Ward/Loose (maybe Loose finally ran out of gas) in two close sets. The remaining seeds dropped very few games.

    And finally the 60s. I beat Leslie Murveit, who played very well after she warmed up…the second set we had some long games and long points, but I prevailed 60 63. All eight of the seeds advanced without losing a set; several lost no games including Shannon Gordon Carney who won today and yesterday 60 60.

    In doubles, the match of the day once again featured Leslie Murveit, who with Colleen Clery Ferrell took on Cindy Abel/Kristen Stanton. It was also the last match of the day and Abel/Stanton were able (see what I did there) to come back from a 1-set deficit to finish off the upset 64 in the third…they had many remarkable points, especially the one on set point in the first set where Leslie came out of the back field to run down a sharp angle and return it for a winner. Cindy was a backboard; Kristen has nice hands and Colleen made some super volleys and overheads. Kim Dean/Sherri Bronson were pushed to 3 sets to win; the other seeds won in straight sets.

    There was a player dinner tonight. Those seagulls were not aimlessly flying around, they were periodically pouncing on untended plates. The dinner was on the beach and very nice.

    Draws are here.

    Photos are here.

    Monday Blog Post

  • National Women’s 50-90 Hard Courts/ITF Grade A/USTA Cat I; La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club

    The USTA Hard Court Women’s 50/60/70/80/90 National Championships began today at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in La Jolla, California.

    This year it’s also an ITF Grade A (for those who have an IPIN; if you don’t, go to itftennis.com/ipin to sign up. It’s $25 for 2019).

    Draws are here.

    There weren’t many singles seeds in action today except in the 60s which had six; they all advanced without complication. The match of the day was that between NSWTA (National Senior Women’s Tennis Association) president Leslie Murveit and Sherri Bronson. They played a marathon here two years ago, won by Sherri; this year Leslie avenged that loss with a 63 26 63 win in just over two hours. I play Leslie tomorrow.

    The 80s has a full 16 draw and is super strong…former world champion Dorothy Matthiessen is unseeded; Lorna Brooks, new to the 80s and flying under the radar, takes on third seeded Lola O’Sullivan who hits a hard ball; and Dorothy Wasser is the top seed for the first time in singles.

    The round of 16 takes place in all divisions tomorrow followed by doubles. Consolation matches start at 8am.

    There’s a player dinner on the beach in the early evening.

  • DeVries Wins 80s Battle; Lutz Takes 90 Crown at National Hard Courts

    Dori DeVries won a long battle against her friend and doubles partner Roz King to win the gold ball at the USTA National 80 Hard Courts Sunday. She battled back after dropping the first set 61 to win the final sets 64 76(5). The two played a month ago at the National Clay Courts where King won with the loss of only two games. Dori looked pretty down after that match and a bit perplexed, but obviously found another gear today. The duo won the doubles, beating Burnett Herrick/Dorothy Wasser to claim the title.

    Jane Lutz won her final round robin match to clinch the 90s title. Her toughest match was the first one, against Rita Price, which she won 75 in the third.

    In women’s 70s, there was another battle from behind to win. Carter/Wachob, the #2 seeds, lost to Bennett/Bryson 64 64 at the Clay. Here the second seeds reversed the outcome, winning 06 75 62.

    In 60 doubles, Robin Harris and I were up a set against Susan Wright/Tracey Thompson when it rained last night. Today we started at 9am and it was still a bit drizzly. We got started after a slight mist delay around 9:30 and won the 2nd set 63, even though I never held served the entire match! Robin though was only broken once today…no one else held serve. The conditions were heavy and slow. That and apparently we had stellar service returns! Robin played great and was everywhere on the court.

    There were quite a few consolation matches today and there are a few tomorrow in the 80s, but for me, that’s a wrap on this year’s national hard courts.

    Again, a sincere thank you to Bill Kellogg, Conan, Pierrette, Marilyn, Bob and the entire staff of the LJBTC, and to the Beach Club members for allowing this tournament to use all the courts.

    ◦ Court 1 matches are streamed here: https://www.ipcamlive.com/ljbtc

    ◦ Results can be found here: https://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=205807#&&s=7Draws21

    ◦ Photos are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/xE8s7qfPu3d6au33A

    ◦ Fans can tune-in to RadioTennis.com on Friday, May 11 at 9 a.m. to listen to live audio play-by-play of the day’s matches on Court No. 1. Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide the live web cast commentary at https://radiotennis.com/.

  • Nideffer, Wright, Carter Claim Hard Court Singles Crowns in La Jolla

    “May Gray” is a think in coastal California…when the fog off the ocean hangs onshore and it’s cool and misty (while being a toasty 100+ in the Desert). Today was a May Gray sort of day, highs and lows in the 60s, but breezier than normal and the sun absent. The weather was pretty good for playing tennis though and there was lots of action on the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club courts today.

    Ros Nideffer started off proceedings with a solid 64 64 win over Andrea Rice. Rice tried a lot of things…serving and volleying, slicing and dicing, driving to Ros’ forehand…Ros was largely able to dictate with her forehand and hit some fantastic volleys too. Shelly Works beat Michelle Saunders for the bronze, rallying from 1-4 down to win 64 60. Even from a distance I could see Shelly was determined to hit balls higher than Michelle’s comfort zone. Playing Shelly when tired is a tough ask.

    Susan Wright and Shannon Gordon Carney took the court next. Susan won 63 62 but Shannon impressed with her movement and solid game; Susan served great, hit the ball early and made few errors in winning the title for the second straight year. Tracey Thompson beat Leslie Murveit 62 62 for bronze.

    Nideffer and Debbie Spence Nasim played Jami Jones/Deb Higa in a rematch of last December’s 40s final and though the result was the same, with Ros/Debbie winning 63 62, the match featured some lengthy games and great rallies. Paulson/Rice won the bronze with a three set win over Hammargren/Lyons.

    By the time our match started on Court 1 it was after 3:30 and getting darker with a light mist. We won the first set 63, and then the mist turned to rain, and play was cancelled for the day around 5:30pm. We resume play at 9am tomorrow.  The 3/4 playoff between Tina Karwasky/Carolyn Lane and Una Davis/Colleen Ferrell was a topsy-turvy affair. Una/Colleen won the first set 63…and Tina/Carolyn promptly won the second 61. On to the third where Una and Colleen went up 5-1. I went to warm up for doubles…and came back and they were still playing…a tiebreak (and Tina/Carolyn had gone up 65 before Colleen held serve to level the set). Una and Colleen finally won the set 7-5 in the tiebreak to win the bronze for the second straight year.

    Brenda Carter avenged her loss to Molly Hahn at the Clay by beating her 75 64 (rallying from 1-4 down in the first set). Betty Wachob finally had a short match, beating Brenda Winstead 62 60 to take the bronze.

    The 70 doubles will be played tomorrow morning.

    The 80s finals are set for tomorrow: King vs DeVries and King/DeVries vs Herrick/Wasser.

    Jane Lutz/Rita Price won the round robin 90 doubles gold. The last round robin matches in 90 singles are tomorrow.

    I’ll add more photos tomorrow…have to get ready for an early match now!



  • National Hard Courts Day 3: Long Matches, Great Tennis

    Wednesday May 9, 2018

    La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, La Jolla, CA

    The National Women’s Hard Courts continued on Wednesday, which was quarterfinal day for the women’s 50 & 60s. There were lots of long matches, great matches and a few upsets too.

    Betty Wachob won another grueling match today over Gwenda Ward, 61 57 76 (5)…the same score by which she beat Carolann Castell the day before. Luckily though her doubles was shorter…she combined with Brenda Carter to advance quickly to the semis.

    Shannon Gordon-Carney also won a three+ hour singles, upsetting #4 seeded Colleen Clery Ferrell, a local tennis director and fan favorite, 46 62 64. Her doubles though was also long and grueling, lasting over three hours against Clery Ferrell and Beach Club member Una Davis. Colleen and Una won it 67 (6) 63 64, finishing around 8:30 pm under lights. Colleen/Una had multiple set points in the first set before succumbing in the tiebreak and fought hard to win the second…points were lasting 10, 20, 30 shots even though Una and Colleen were at the net more often than not. Cindy Abel, Shannon’s partner, was just returning to national play after a long absence but was lobbing and moving as well as ever and Shannon, who played at UCLA, is a fine doubles player. The match was played in great spirit before an engaged crowd on Court 1.


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    Colleen Una
    Una Davis

    In the 50s, Michele Saunders caused her second upset in a row, beating #4 seeded Alicia Rowley 76 57 63. With such long matches, it’s understandable why matches were backed up so long today! Saunders takes on Andrea Rice next while Shelly Works will face Ros Nideffer. Rice beat another Beach Club member and fan favorite, Jenny Rens in an entertaining match 64 64. Rice teamed with Paulson to upset the #4 seeds, Works/Anna Zimmermann in three sets to advance to the semis.


    Jenny Rens

    Jenny Rens

    Robin Harris and I beat Donna Drosner/Debbie Burgess 61 61 and take on Tina Karwasky/Carolyn Lane, who upset #4 seeds Andrea Barnes/Leslie Airola-Murveit 60 63. Colleen/Una face Tracey Thompson/Susan Wright on the other side of the draw.

    In the 70s, Brenda Winstead upset Mary Alice Pisani, the 4th seed 75 36 64. In doubles Carol Gay/Sheila Johnson ousted Molly Hahn/Suella Steel, the #3 seeds.


  • Keller, Saunders Cause Upsets in 50 Singles

    On the second day of play at the National Hard Courts at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club (lbjtc.com), there were some close escapes by seeded players but only two upsets, both in the 50 singles. Michele Saunders took out Anna Zimmermann, a 5-8 seed, 61 64 to advance to the quarters. Jenny Rens Keller, a La Jolla dentist and Beach Club member, played before a packed crowd on Court 8 against Ellie Hammargren. Keller, better known for her doubles prowess, proved equally adept at singles, taking out the #5 seed 46 62 64 in a grinding battle that lasted well over three hours. Hammargren had bloodied knees by the end….and a doubles match to play (which she and her partner Jennifer Lyons won handily).

    All seeds in the 60s advanced in straight sets, though Sherri Bronson had to work hard in the second set against Cindy Abel…she won 61 76.

    Betty Wachob, third seeded in the 70s, narrowly avoided an upset, edging Carolann Castell 61 57 76 to advance to the semis.

    Most impressive was the stamina of the top 90s players, Jane Lutz and Rita Price. Lutz is new to the age division and Price is the defending champion, and they are doubles partners. They battled each other for three sets before Lutz prevailed 61 26 75 in what may have been the defacto final of the round robin draw. They then teamed up to win their doubles match. All this tennis didn’t seem to slow down Price a bit as she was walking a talking a mile a minute after her matches!

    There was only one doubles upset: Andi Polisky/Leslie Zauher upset Cathie Anderson/Mary Alice Pisani, the 4th seeds, 62 62.

    Tomorrow is quarterfinal day in all divisions and there should be a ton of good singles and doubles matches.

    My doubles partner, Robin Harris and I won 61 60 today and play a 5-8 seed, Burgess/Drosner, tomorrow at 3pm. Most players seem to have gone to the barbecue on the beach this evening…burgers (meat and veggie), hot dogs, salads and deserts were on the menu…it was all very good and the setting was perfect.

    Robin Harris & Carolyn Nichols

    Tuesday Night Barbecue on the Beach



  • National Women’s Hard Court Nationals, La Jolla: Day 1

    The USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Courts are underway at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. For the first time, this tournament’s matches played on Court 1 will be streamed LIVE by going to https://www.ipcamlive.com/ljbtc. You won’t be able to smell the sea air but you will be able to see some great senior women’s (and later in the week, men’s) tennis.

    There were 30 teams in the women’s 50 doubles, and that division featured the match of the day: Carolyn Lane, returning to national play after a long hiatus/Tina Karwasky (who has never had a hiatus since hitting her first ball!) against Karen Ann Broe/Rainy Miller, two strong local players. Lane, from Arizona, adapted quickly to the much heavier sea air, and imposed herself on the match at critical times in each set, never allowing Broe/Miller to stretch a lead. Karwasky drilled returns to set up Lane; Miller was a wall especially on her returns and Broe served and volleyed beautifully. In the end Lane/Karwasky’s greater experience ruled, and they won 75 46 64 in a highly entertaining match on Court 3.

    Una Davis/Prentiss Van Den Berg a 5-8 seed, were upset by San Diegans Shelley Goodson/Karyn McCartney in 50 doubles. Una was happy to have made it to the courts at all because she thought her first match wasn’t till Tuesday.

    All draws and results can be found here.

    Below are some photos of a first round 50s match featuring club member Lucia Romanov Stark. You can see the court one camera (white) above the LJBTC logo.

  • Karwasky, Herreman Bagby, Gay, & Langer Win Bronze Singles Balls at the National Hard Courts; Davis/Clery-Ferrell Take Doubles Bronze

    The bronze ball matches (the 3/4 playoffs) were held on a beautiful sunny day Saturday at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, along with feed-in consolation matches and a very strong local men’s tournament.

    Draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/tournamenthome/tournament.aspx?T=188290#&&s=8Results0

    Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/8eFW2ehTkKpEoZkj7

    Sherri Bronson started strongly against Karwasky, winning the first two games and having a point for 3-0. Tina’s coffee apparently kicked in then, and she went on to win 62 61. Sherri said Tina hit hard and played great to win the 60s bronze ball in singles. In 60 doubles, Colleen Clery Ferrell won her first ever USTA ball with Una Davis over last year’s finalists Andrea Barnes/Leslie Murveit 63 64. Una commented that she was so nervous because Colleen had never won a ball and she wanted to win one for her partner. The second set was tight too…Una and Colleen led 3-0 before Andrea and Leslie rebounded to level the set. They had an ad to go up 4/3 but Una/Colleen stopped the run and served it out 5/4.

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    Shelly Works and Natalie Herreman Bagby played for the bronze in the 50s, and Natalie won a well played match 64 64. You won’t find any better sportsmanship than that displayed during their match and the tennis was good too.

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    Carol Gay upset Cathie Anderson 63 62 to take the 70s singles bronze in an all San Diego county match. Carol Clay commented that it was a well played match by both.

    Kathy Langer added a singles bronze to her doubles silver, ending the tournament on a high note. She beat 2015 world 80s  champion Burnett Herrick 63 62.

    The 90s finished with Rita Price dominating the division…as she would tell you, she can run (and dance…and sing). Betty Cookson/Rita won the 90 doubles too.

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    Yesterday I also watched quite a bit of a good 50s consolation match. Andrea Rice/Sheila Walker played Judy Newman/Lucia Romanov.  The teams split the first two sets, and played a match tiebreak for the third, won 10-8 by Newman/r\Romanov, who were then to play Erika Smith/Mary Dailey. However Newman had a flight to catch and so Dailey/Smith took fifth by default.

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    Andrea Rice, who gave Ros Nideffer her only tight match in the tounament (she lost 62 64, earning more games than the rest of Ros’ opponents combined) won the back draw over Vicky Cosio in the 50s.

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    Colleen Ferrell took fifth in the 60 singles with a 76 61 win over Debbie Burgess.

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    Mary Alice Pisani placed 5th in the 70s with a default win over Carmen Almodovar.

    Lyn Tietz won the 80 consolation over Ingrid Rehwinkel 62 62.

    Placing fifth in doubles in the other divisions were Sherri Bronson/julie David (60); Carolann Castell/Peggy Andry (70) and Sheila Palmer/Mary John Lynch (80).

    Friday these seats were all filled to capacity with other spectators standing…today they are empty and the club is getting back to normal.

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    Thanks Bill Kellogg, Pierrette Featherby, the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club members and staff, the volunteers and everyone who made this tournament a great event. See you next year!

  • Nideffer, Wright, Carter & King Win Singles Crowns at Hard Courts in La Jolla

    Today was a long day of tennis. Susan Wright and I started play around 11:30 and finished close to 2pm. Susan played really well, making few errors, moved really well and hit some great shots. I played pretty well after going down 5-0 in the first sets, though I had chances to win several of those games…thwarted by Susan’s line kissing shot or a net cord winner! Susan won 64 63. Doubles went our way….after starting slowly…we dropped the first set 62 and never held serve, we broke to start the second and stayed in the lead throughout the set, finally winning it on our third set point 64. The third set was equally tight, though we had chances to get a big lead. Robin was all over the net, she’s really a phenomenal doubles player and partner. We won 26 64 64 and I served it out (!). Susan and Tina played well too. They both have excellent serves and returns and move well. We were really happy to pull it out. We finished at 6:30 (we started around 4pm), just in time for the fantastic player dinner at the Beach Club.


    It was a golden day for the top seeds named Ros…or Roz. Ros Nideffer had an easier day at the office today, winning the singles final over Jean Marie Alpert 60 62, and teaming with Debbie Spence Nasim to beat last year’s champions, Ellie Hammargren/Jennifer Lyons 60 61. The points in that match were excellent…the game ending ones though consistently went to Ros and Debbie.

    Roz King added two more gold balls to her collection, winning the singles over her doubles partner Dori DeVries 64 16 64, a match in which she won one fewer game than her opponent. In doubles, in a match that was played today (not yesterday as the results page on tennislink had indicated), Roz and Dori beat Carol Wood/Dorothy Wasser 63 61. Kathy Langer/Burnett Herrick took third when Dorothy Matthiessen had to retire (her husband took a fall that landed him in the hospital, though he seems to be recovering well).

    Brenda Carter beat Carol Clay 62 61 to win the 70 singles and nearly added a gold ball in doubles too with Allyson Bolduc. However, Liane Bryson/Cathie Anderson had other plans. After dropping the first set 62, they rallied to win the second 76 (9) and ran away with the third 63. Carol Gay/Sheila Johnson took the bronze with a three set win over Ann Hunt/Judy Louie.

    The 90s singles and doubles are ongoing in round robin form.

    The 3/4 playoffs are tomorrow along with ongoing consolation and men’s tournament matches.



  • Into the Finals on a Sunny, Breezy California Day

    Update: The women’s 80 final was not played on Thursday, it was an input error. The final is scheduled for Friday.


    Today, Thursday, was semifinal day for the national hard courts in La Jolla at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.

    First a late update from yesterday: Natalie Herreman Bagby/Alissa Finerman upset the #4 seeds in the 50 doubles, Jennifer Dawson/Jenny Rens Keller in three sets to advance to the semis. And Carol Gay did get past Carolann Castell in the 70 singles, in straight sets. Also, Gay/Sheila Johnson upset #3 seeds  Carolann Castell/Peggy Andry in the 70 quarters.

    Now onto Thursday results.

    Most of the dramatic matches occurred today in the 50s where the viewing section by Court 1 was packed with well over 100 spectators. The two 50s finalist could not have taken more different paths to the final. Ros Nideffer, the top seed and defending champion routed Shelly Works 60 60, though they had some good points. Ros however was aggressive and attacked often and effectively.

    Jean Alpert, the third seed, took the long route to the final, completing a fine comeback 06 64 76 over Natalie Herreman Bagby, last year’s finalist and the 2nd seed. Alpert had dropped their only previous meeting last year in the final of the Asics 50 singles, 60 62. Natalie seemed on track to repeat the performance, going ahead 60 2-0 and then 3-1 before Alpert fought back, winning the set 64 to level the match. The third set was a see-saw affair, with Alpert going up 4-1 against a tired opponent. Herreman Bagby fought back, winning several long games to level the set at 4-4 at which time she needed a medical time out for a pulled groin. After having her leg wrapped, she managed to go up 65 and had some match points, but Alpert fought them off and eventually won the tiebreak.

    The 50 doubles semis were also quite different. Beverly Bowes-Hackney/Alpert played defending champions Jennifer Lyons/Ellie Hammargren. Bowes pulled her hamstring early on, and though she continued to play, Lyons/Hammargren won 64 61. Meanwhile, Nideffer/Debbie Spence Nasim, the top seeds,  took on Finerman/Herreman Bagby. Alissa/Natalie seemed bent on scoring a second upset. Ros/Debbie grabbed the first set in the tiebreak 76; Alissa/Natalie took the second 75. The third set went to the top seeds 63, but the games were tight and the points amazing, particularly the match point. The crowd was roaring after many of the points, it was fantastic tennis.

    In the 60s, Susan Wright ended her doubles partner’s bid for a sixth straight crown in La Jolla, despite dropping eight games in the row in the middle of the match. Wright beat Tina Karwasky 62 06 63. Apparently there was a game in the middle of the third set which had about a dozen or more deuces. Susan won it and then coasted to the finish line.

    I beat Sherri Bronson 63 63. Sherri played a clever match and I was happy to get past her in straight sets.

    Robin Harris and I won our semi over Una Davis/Colleen Ferrell 63 61. Robin played more like someone 6’3” than 5’3” …she can really cover the court! Susan and Tina beat last year’s finalists Andrea Barnes/Leslie Murveit in straight sets.

    There were no close matches in the semis of the 70s or 80s and only one  upset. Carol Clay beat her hostess for the week, Cathie Anderson 64 60 and Brenda Carter beat Carol Gay 61 64. Carter/Allyson Bolduc, seeded 4th, upset top seeded Ann Hunt/Judy Louie 62 64 and Anderson/Liane Bryson beat Carol Gay/Sheila Johnson 63 63.

    Roz King and Dori Devries will reprise the 80s final from the Clay Courts three weeks ago tomorrow. King beat Burnett Herrick and DeVries beat Kathy Langer. Devries/King beat Wasser/Wood 62 61 in the final. Tietz/Matthiessen had to withdraw in the semis due to Matthiessen’s husband having a fall.

    The 90s are rolling along with Rita Price leading the way in singles and doubles (with Betty Cookson).  Rita and Betty are shown below with Susan Wright. There was a nice barbecue on the beach last night…though the sea gulls were uninvited guests.





  • La Jolla Hard Courts on a May Gray Sort of Day

    The weather today was a May Gray sort of day, mostly overcast though the sun tried to peak out. However, there was lots of tennis and no rain in the paradise called La Jolla.

    I won my singles match against Marianne Saibara from Utah. Robin Harris and I also won out doubles against a San Diego team of Ruth Young and Janet McLees. Tomorrow is quarterfinal day for all the women’s draws other than the 90s which is a round robin and starts tomorrow.

    There was only one upset today, a marathon four hour match between Kristin Fudalla, seeded in the 5-8 group and Yumi Hansen from Utah. Yumi won 57 75 63 and you could hear the effort expended from several courts away. However there were some good close matches in the doubles. Erika Smith and Mary Dailey had a tough three setter with Andrea Rice/Sheila Walker. Judy Newman/Lucia Romanov also had to battle long and hard to get past Tai Sisson/Lis Andrade…there were a lot of long rallies, lobs and overheads in that match and it was really windy too. The reward for the two victorious teams is a date with the top 2 doubles seeds tomorrow.

    The remaining seeds in all divisions advanced without too much trouble. The top 8 80s seeds all won without anyone losing more than 3 games! (Nice job by the seeding committee there). Here are a few photos of the club, beach and trophies.


    Draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/tournamenthome/tournament.aspx?T=188290#&&s=7Draws20

    Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/8eFW2ehTkKpEoZkj7

  • A Tournament Held in a Paradise Called La Jolla

    The 50/60/70/80/90 Women’s Hard Courts began today at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in La Jolla, CA, near San Diego. The club is wonderful, located right on the La Jolla Shores beach, with a dozen hard courts, many of them lighted. Photos of tennis players from different eras who have played there are displayed throughout the club, along with International Hall of Fame member Dodo Cheney’s nearly 400 gold balls. (They aren’t real gold, so anyone thinking of making off with a “gold mine”, you’ll be disappointed…they represent accomplishment, not riches.)

    After an unseasonable rainy weekend, today was a sparkling clear day. I played my first match today, the round of 32, against Anna Greer from Florida, and won. Tomorrow I play someone from Utah, Marianne, whom I’d not met before today.

    There’s also a senior men’s tournament here which is very popular, in singles and doubles 60-80+. It attracts quite a few really good national players and all the locals as well.

    National tournaments for the women are a lot like reunions especially the first day or two. Some players I haven’t seen since last year here, some were in Bocage just a couple of weeks ago. It’s an energetic, fun atmosphere, full of hope and health and energy at the beginning!

    One funny thing happened today. There are seagulls everywhere…they are looking for lunch, players are eating lunch…sometimes the two don’t go together. I was carefully  eating my sandwich and reached for something in my purse…and lost 1/4 of my sandwich..good thing it was a big one. These are some well fed seagulls here.

    The less funny thing was that Christina Kaus fell during her first round match with Andrea Rice and hurt her wrist and had to withdraw. Sad smile

    Draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/tournamenthome/tournament.aspx?T=188290#&&s=7Draws18

    Tomorrow doubles also starts for Robin Harris and me. I’ll take a few photos too. But for now I’ll leave you with this one from a prior year.

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  • Semifinal Day in La Jolla Thursday; Singles & Doubles Finals Set for Friday & Saturdday

    The singles and doubles semis were played in all women’s age divisions in La Jolla today other than the 90s, which has round robins going in singles and doubles.

    Ros Nideffer, the 50s defending champion, and a former top 20 player, was nearly perfect in her 60 61 win over #4 seeded Anna Zimmermann. Anna commented that Ros just didn’t give her any time… Ros also moves really well and makes few errors. Natalie Herreman Bagby the #2 seed had a much tougher time with #3 seeded Judy Newman. Herreman Bagby, like Ros, a former touring pro (topping out in the top 50) was making her debut at this tournament. The lefty who played for France in her touring pro days, won the first set handily before Newman fought back to take the second. The third was tight before Natalie pulled away to win the last three games. Judy commented that she was just trying to get a game when the match began, but by the start of the third believed she could win the match. However, Newman had a nice win over Zimmermann/Kristen Fudala in doubles, combining with Beach Club member/star Jenny Rens Keller to win 61 61. Fudala said that Rens/Newman returned and attacked well.

    In the 60s, I beat Sherri Bronson 60 60. The second set though was much closer than the score, as we had several deuce games and lots of long rallies throughout the match. I will play Tina Karwasky, the four-time defending champion in the final. She took out Leslie Murveit 62 62. Leslie said she played well, and that it was a good match. Leslie got a measure of revenge though against Tina when she combined with Andrea Barnes to upset top seeded Karwasky/Jan Kirkland-Cochran 62 76(5) to advance to the doubles final tomorrow. They will play Robin Harris and me. We beat #3 seeded Bronson/Ann Stanley. We won 60 60, though there were several close games and some really fun points. Robin played great, again to absolutely no one’s surprise!

    In the 70s Brenda Carter cruised past Charlene Hillebrand 61 61, but for the second straight day Betty Wachob had to go three tough sets to advance to the final. She took out Cathie Anderson to reach the final against her doubles partner. Anderson though combined with Carolann Castell to upset the #2 seeds, Anne Russ and Jane Pang. They face Carter/Wachob who beat Ann Hunt/Judy Louie in straight sets.

    The 80s final is set too. Dori deVries beat her doubles partner, Carol Wood 60 62. Carol commented that Dori moved amazingly well, better than she ever has. DeVries will take on Dorothy Matthiessen in the final. Dorothy beat Mary John Lynch in the semis. In doubles, Wood/DeVries take on Matthiessen/Judy Smith in the final.

    In the 90s, Rita Price/Betty Cookson (shown below) and Elaine Mason/Cathie Hall seem set for a collision course in doubles, while Price is dominating the singles with her dancing feet.

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    Click here to see all results and draws, including the men’s results and draws.

  • Quarterfinal Day at the La Jolla 50-90 Hard Courts

    Upsets are few and far between at the Hard Courts with the only unseeded players advancing over seeds doing so by default.

    Today I played Yoko Anderson who received a default from the 7th seed, Chieko Holt, yesterday. I won today 60 60, but we had some good points. We played on Court 10, one of those courts that goes the “wrong way” and there was definitely a head wind on the east side of the court. Here’s a photo of us after the match, taken by Roz King. I play Sherri Bronson  next, who took out Donna Drosner without drama, 64 62. Tina Karwasky, the 4 time defending champion beat Debbie Burgess 62 60 and faces Leslie Airola Murveit, who had to play her doubles partner, Andrea Barnes. Leslie won 63 75.

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    In doubles, Robin Harris and I played Laurie Helgeson (Ginger’s sister in law) and Sue Sprague and won 60 62. Robin played terrific tennis (to absolutely no one’s surprise), and it was a fun match. We play Sherri and Ann Stanley who beat Drosner/Burgess; on the other side are Barnes/Murveit (who beat Rita Rector/Julie David) and Karwasky/Jan Kirkland Cochran, who too out Sheila Johnson/Carol Gay.

    Though the 70s had no upsets, Betty Wachob, the defending champion and #2 seed, had to go three hours to subdue Mary Alice Pisani. Cathie Anderson had a tough match with Ann Hunt, finally winning 75 75. Brenda Carter beat Carolann Castell 3,2 and Charleen Hillebrand beat Patti Boyer 0,1.

    The top four seeds in doubles all advanced without dropping a set.

    Play began in 80 doubles and the seeds started play in 80 singles…and all the seeds won in straight sets ; Dori deVries takes on her doubles partner Carol Wood and Dorothy Matthiessen plays Mary John Lynch.

    The 90s round robin in doubles began today and play has begun in singles as well. Rita Price/Betty Cookson looked sharp in doubles; it’s Betty’s first match on her new knee, but it seemed to be working well..I only watched a few points but saw her run for a short backhand and hit a winner. Yesterday Rita Price beat Cathie Hall in the singles round robin.

    There were some TV stations out here today. Here are some links to videos.

    Ros Nideffer interview and play against Fudala.

    Interview with the 90s players.

  • Seeds Advance on Day 2 of USTA National 50-90 Women’s Hard Courts in La Jolla

    The USTA National 50-90 Hard Courts, Day 2, Tuesday May 10th: All seeds advanced in 50, 60 & 70 singles and doubles. However, Debbie Burgess/Donna Drosner, the 8th seeds in women’s 60s,  escaped an upset only by winning a third set tiebreak. Sue Sprague/Laurie Helgeson, the 6th seeds, started slowly but won the last 9 games of the match to win 36 63 60. Robin Harris and I play them next and since I walked up at 3-3 in the first set, they looked pretty good while I was watching.

    Robin  and I beat Lorna Brooks/Joan Avedian 61 60 today and had some fun points against old friends of mine from the Central Valley. Meeting old tennis friends and making new ones is one of the nice things about playing national tournaments.

    In singles I played Ginny Beneke, the survivor of a four hour match yesterday. She didn’t seem the least bit fatigued when we played today, she got to my dropshots and had good responses to them. We had a lot of good points, but I won 61 60. I asked her how she stays so fit (she looks much younger than 60!) and she said biking, running, weights and singles tennis. Here are a couple of photos courtesy of the Balboa facebook page (during the Metropolitan tournament).

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    Tomorrow I play Yoko Anderson who advanced when Chieko Holt defaulted due to illness.

    I watched a bit of Judy Newman/Jenny Rens match today.They are seeded #2 in the 50s.  The most unusual point: Jenny/Judy hit a ball well out; but it hit one of their opponent’s foot..on the fly..on a game point, so Judy/Jenny won the point and the game. They won 61 63.

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    All results/draws:

  • La Jolla Monday: 50-90 Women’s Hard Courts

    The 50-90 Hard Courts began today at the venerable La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. I hit with Anna Zimmermann who is the 4th seed in the 50s, early, then watched my first round opponent play her first round; I needn’t have rushed, the match took about four hours and featured many comebacks by Ginny Benneke, the eventual winner (over Crys Ren), in a battle of San Diego players. Ginny won 57 (and was down 52 in that set), 64 (Ginny was down 3/0 and one game in that set lasted about 20 minutes according to onlookers) and 75 (I think Ginny was down 52 in the third. Crys was cramping after the first two sets but kept fighting. However, Ginny Benneke looks like an advertisement for fitness and how tennis keeps one looking youthful; she probably went for a run after the match!

    All the seeds were in action in the 70s and all won but Sherry Ploor took a set off of Carolann Castell before falling in three.

    I caught up with Lorna Brooks, Joan Avedian and Jean Ainger from the Fresno/Visalia area (Lorna has since moved Wyoming) and got their photo:

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    Gail Muryama played doubles with her aunt Roz King, who is 79 this year…they played in the 60s on court one and Roz made her share of good shots which the audience appreciated.

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    I play tomorrow singles and then doubles (against Joan and Lorna). Let the fun begin!

    Draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897

  • Peter/Riley Smith, Tony Bujan & Matthew Sah/Poh Seng Tan Win USTA National Hard Courts in La Jolla

    The top seeds prevailed in all three finals played Sunday at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.

    Tony Bujan’s title in men’s 40 singles was his third in as many years. He took out Marcio Carlsson, the Brazilian player who had dropped only four games en route to the final. Bujan also had eased comfortably into the final, not dropping a set himself. However, his title defense hopes looked shaky early on as he was broken in his first service game and though the two  players were on serve the rest of the match, Bujan was down a set point at 4-5 before breaking and three more serving to stay in the set at 5-6, where his lefty serve out wide to Carlsson’s backhand saved him repeatedly. The second set ended in a tiebreak won by Bujan. As the match went on Bujan got to Carsson’s backhand more often, making him pass off that wing with his frequent forays to the net. He also hit a lot of service winners, as did Carlsson. Bujan saved some break points with service winners and didn’t drop serve in the second set; his one break of serve early on was enough to seal the win.

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    Oren Motevassel, the #3 seed,  had little trouble with David Smith, a 9-16 seed, allowing him only one game in their 3/4 playoff match for the bronze ball.

    The match for fifth place was a real battle, between 49 year old #5 seeded Jeff Greenwald and #2 seed, 40 year old Josh Oswald (who went out first round). Jeff won the first set and led 4-0  in the second, but Oswald fought back hard, finally winning 46 75 64. Both fought through fatigue, and the match was nearly four hours long…it could easily have been a final in many tournaments.

    There were two rounds of father/son on Sunday. The two finalists, Peter & Riley Smith and Brett & Brian Joelson, took different paths to the final. The Smiths dominated Brett/Jerry Morse-Karzen, allowing them only a game in the semis. The Joelson’s though had a battle with Bruce/Bruce Man-Son-Hing, winning in three sets to reach the final. The Joelson’s went up a double break early on the Smith’s, leading 4-1 and Riley was, well, riled up. A word from his dad, the very successful USC coach, Peter Smith, calmed him down and the Smith’s ran out the set 64, and won the second by the same score. They won the title without dropping a set, and it was their third father/son win of 2015. The Man-Song-Hnig’s took third.

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    The Grandfather/Grandson title also went to the top seeds, Matthew Sah and his grandfather Poh Seng Tan. Tan won this event last year with his older grandson Timothy and repeated with Matthew without missing a beat. They beat Ian and LR Freer in the final. Volodymir Sheludchenko/Simon Yundov took the bronze.

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    The mixed doubles bronze ball playoff took place on Sunday morning with Natalie Hill/Jesse Ponwith prevailing over Una Davis/Brett Buffington.

    All Results Here: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=7Draws8

    And that’s a wrap on the 40 Hard Courts. Anyone in the 40s, or who plays father/son or grandfather/grandson…come on down next year!

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  • Tracie Currie/Willie Quest Win Mixed 40s; Peter Smith/Neel Grover Defend Men’s 40 Doubles Title in La Jolla

    Neel Grover and Peter Smith won the 40 Men’s doubles over Willie Quest/Jared Jacobs, a 5-8 seed in three sets, upholding their #1 seeded position. After winning the first set easily, the top seeds dropped the second before rebounding to win the third 63. It was a busy day for Smith, who also had two father/son matches to play, though the father/son matches were quick; I watched the second set of their quarterfinal match and they didn’t drop a set. Smith is the USC tennis coach and Riley is a high school senior who already  has a futures doubles title to his name (with Tracy Austin’s son Brandon Holt). Bax/Chasseray took the bronze over Hank Pfister (age 62) and Mike Noel in three long sets.

    The mixed doubles title went to Tracie Currie/Quest over Dina/Desi McBride, the top seeds. Currie/Quest, the #3 seeds, edged the #2 seeds, Natalie Hill/Jesse Ponwith 75 in the third late last night. Currie and Quest won 63 75.

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    The men’s singles final is tomorrow and features top seeded and 2 time defending champion Tony Bujan against Brazilian Marcio Carlsson. Neither has dropped a set this week, but Carlsson has lost only 4 games en route to the final. Carlsson, from Brazil, is playing here for the first time.

    I played my consolation semifinal today and lost to Mercedes Michel from NY (via Argentina), the 4th seed, in three long sets, 63 06 75. It was a good battle and Mercedes is an extremely nice person to play. She then had to play the 3/4 in doubles (with Ginger PHILLIPS) against Debbie Higa/Jami Jones, the 3rd seeds. Higa/Jones were well rested and overpowered Michel/Phillips in straight sets to take the bronze.

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    I watched a bit of the Morse-Karzans and Jensens (Murphy Jensen from the Tennis Channel was playing with his son). The Morse-Karzans are really tall and really experienced playing together and won in the third set 61. The Jensens are shown below.

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    Tomorrow the semis and finals of the father/son; the final of grandfather/grandson; the men’s singles final and the mixed 3/4  playoff plus some consolation matches will be going on, starting at 9am.

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    Draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=7Draws3

  • Amy Frazier Wins 40 Hard Court Singles; Debbie Spence Nasim/Tracie Currie Take Doubles Crown

    On a very busy day at the 40 Hard Courts in La Jolla, but again under sunny skies and warm weather, Amy Frazier won her first seniors gold ball, beating defending champion Dina McBride 61 63 in the final. Frazier’s hard hit ball, combined with excellent angles and good court coverage overwhelmed McBride. Both players want to come back next year and Dina vowed to train harder before next year’s event.

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    The doubles final was between Debbie Spence Nasim/Tracie Currie, who won the 45 Hard just a few weeks ago and Jenny Rens/Jennifer Dawson. They had really good points. Nasim is a great strategist in addition to being a terrific player. She holds the ball on her racquet so long and just freezes the net player, and anyone who has played with or against Jenny Rens knows that it’s not easy to freeze her at the net! Currie played good, attacking tennis and Jennifer Dawson was a wall at the baseline, despite being pretty tired for six sets of tennis the day before and a singles match in the morning! Spence Nasim/Currie won the match 64 63.

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    Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson started today and there were tons of matches. There are some really good players in the father/son. The Smiths are below, Riley in blue and Peter in white.

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    There was a great player party tonight too.

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