The first rain of the season (the first in 101 days) occurred Monday night, but sunny skies returned on Tuesday.
The longest match of the tournament took place between Shelly Works of Texas and the #2 seed Manola Coulter of N.M. Despite cramping, Coulter rebounded from 0-3 down in the third set to win it and the match 64, in 4 hours and 15 minutes. Onlookers said that Coulter played brilliantly from 0-3 in the third, attacking the net more to secure the win. Works then played a 3-set doubles match (and probably hit the stair master afterwards!). Coulter also had to go 3 sets in doubles as well…and faces another marathon player, Tracy Houk, in the next round.
Another long match was between local player Jennifer Young and Michelle King. Young edged King 76 in the third (slightly shorter rallies though).
Lori Robertson served and volleyed and chipped and charged to a 63 64 win over #3 seed Carolyn Nichols in the 45’s. She also combined with Kathy Vick in a well-played doubles match to beat Mary Johnson/Tracey Thompson in straight sets. The semis are scheduled for Wednesday and the finals for Thursday in this division.
Wilma Lee upset the 4th seed, Marilyn McCombs 64 76 in the 55’s. Anne Guerrant takes on local favorite Martha Downing tomorrow in the quarters of the 55’s.
THe National Senior Women’s Tennis Assn (NSWTA) hosted a nice cocktail party Tuesday night as well.