Fall Grandes Dames

The weather cleared up in Winter Park after Thursday and by Sunday, a beautiful day, the rain was a distant memory.
Trish Riddell showed she can multitask with the best of that breed, running a college tournament, inputting the results from this tournament and updating the website and winning the singles (over Jean Schalk) and doubles (with Mary Dailey, over Schalk and Cathy Farrell). Schalk, who was playing her 2nd tournament after a 25 year hiatus from tournament play, improved with each match, but Riddell was too tough in the final.
Susan Boyer played near errorless tennis in the 45s final to beat Carolyn Nichols in 3 sets 63 16 64. (4.5 hours…3 matches started and finished while we were playing and a 4th match was in progress at the conclusion of the match). Boyer/Nichols then combined to win the doubles over surprise finalists Carla Brown/Jan Kirkland-Cochran. Carla and Jan bested Susie Brown and Cindy LePrevost the day before in 3 sets. Brown also played a tough match against Nichols in the semis.
Cindy Babb used her slice to good advantage (those Gamma Balls!) in upsetting Carol Clay in the quarters. She rebounded from 2-5 in the 2nd set to win 76 75. She played top seed Liz Leigh tough in the semis for a set, before running out of gas 76 60. Second seeded Sue Bramlette had a tough quarter, but edged Ellen Goodman in 3 sets before falling to Kerry Young in the semis 61 76. Bramlette beat Babb to place 3rd. Kerry played great in the final, beating Leigh in straight sets to win her first singles title in a while.
Bramlette-Leprevost cruised to the doubles final, beating Brown/Kirkland-Cochran in the final. Brown-KC upset the 2nd seeds, Margie Cooper/Young in the semis.
Ria Graham beat surprise finalist Joan Nevins (who upset Nancy Reed in the semis) to win the 65s.
Graham/Sue Martin beat Reed/Ann Moore to win the 65 doubles.
Nancy Miles hosted the player party at her lovely home.

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