Chamisal Thursday: DeVries, Downing Win Double Gold, 35, 45 and 55 Reach Semis and Final Rounds

Today was another nice one on the Central California Coast. There were clouds for part of the day, which was nice, it eliminated shadows on the courts.

I won my singles match against Leslie Murveit 60 61, but the second set took close to an hour! However we lost a heartbreaker in doubles to Una Davis and Tracey Thompson 75 75..had a set point in the first set and rallied from 4-1 ad out in the 2nd only to fall just short, but they played just a bit better on the big points and Pam Cooke was awesome as always as my doubles partner…we have another shot tomorrow against Kim Lackey/Erin Boynton in the 3/4 playoff while Tracey and Una play Susan Wright and Tina Karwasky in Susan’s quest for another Gold Slam.

Dori deVries easily won the 75 singles here, for the third straight year, avenging her recent Grass  loss to Burnett Herrick. She then combined with Lyn Little (who beat Dorothy Matthiessen in the 3/4 playoff) to edge Claudia Giacomini/Norma Veal in two tight sets.

Martha Downing had a tough singles final against her doubles partner, Brenda Carter, winning 63 64 in about two hours. They had an easier time in the doubles final where they didn’t drop a game in the final. Downing ended up winning every 65s match she played this year (Hard, Clay & Indoors singles and doubles).

In the 45s, Julie Cass attacked the net to beat Manola Colter 64 63 and Anna Zimmermann beat last year’s champion, Shelly Works, 63 64 to advance to the final against Julie.

Amanda Parsons beat top seeded Fanny Gamble 60 61 in the 35s and plays Carol Akre tomorrow while Yulia Bolotova takes on Marlo Carruth.

My sister Eileen won her consolation singles and doubles matches today. We saw the end of the doubles, she and Bonnie Tetrick won an exciting match 76 in the third and everyone on that court got a very good workout during the long and entertaining points.

I play early…more tomorrow and maybe some photos…