The Super Cat II National held at the Lauderdale Tennis Club in Fort Lauderdale concluded today. Current or former world champions or Gold Slam champions competed in nearly every age division. The 35s unfortunately didn’t make a draw, but the draws in the 45-85 were strong.
It rained on and off all morning but finally cleared up around 1pm.
In the 75s, current world champion Inge Weber from Canada gave a lesson to all of her opponents. Fully recovered from a double hip replacement, she easily moved past Kathy Langer, Burnett Herrick (the 2010 world champion in the 75s) and Lyn Tietz. The final was a reprisal of the final of the world championships won by Weber in Croatia last September. This time Weber beat Tietz decisively, hitting deep and covering Tietz’s dropshots with ease. Earlier in the week the sole upset was Lola O’Sullivan beating Evelyn Hustwit from Canada in the quarters. Herrick beat O’Sullivan in three sets to place third.
Carol Wood and Ria Graham won the 75 doubles. They upset current world champions Langer/Tietz in three sets, rallying from 1-4 in the third to win it 75. They beat the defending champions, Herrick/Dorothy Wasser in straight sets in the final. Langer/Tietz took the third over Libby Keenan/Boots Van Nostrand.
In the 65s, Brenda Carter (current Gold Slam champion) said she “zoned” in the final, beating Carol Clay without the loss of a game. Clay had a good tournament, beating Ellen Goodman and Betty Wachob to reach the final. Wachob placed third, beating Judy Louie 63 62. Carter/Wachob took the doubles title with a straight set win over Louie/Lee Delfausse. Clay/Goodman took third.
Diane Barker, the current world champion in 55 singles remained unbeaten in the 55s (in fact she’s not lost more than 4 games in a match in the 55s in over a year of play!). She beat Kerry Young and Carolyn Nichols to win the title; Young beat Kathy Foulk to place third.
Cindy Leprevost/Young beat Lil Peltz-Petow and Jan Kirkland-Cochran to win the 55 doubles; Ann Stanley/Betsy Savitt placed third over Joan Oelschlager/Lou Armstrong.
The 45 singles final was played today in gusty conditions. The first set, between third seeded Susan Boyer (a 76 61 winner over top seeded Vesna McKenna yesterday) and second seeded Jenney Klitch was extremely entertaining and played in front of a large crowd. Boyer controlled the points well and made few errors to forge a 53 lead. Klitch became increasingly aggressive and at the same time cut back on her errors to tie the match at 5-5. Boyer had a set point at 65 and a short volley; Klitch guessed right on the direction and hit a great passing shot, won the tiebreak 74 and the second set 61. Daniella Esswein placed third by default.
McKenna/Mary Dailey beat Klitch/Nichols in the doubles final 75 75, coming back from 45 down in each set. Esswein/Runk placed third by default.
Jane Lutz entered the 85s this year and dominated this event, beating Rita Price to win the singles and combining with her to win the doubles over Nancy Stout/Joan Brisbin.
Thanks to everyone who made this tournament possible.
Great commentating, Carolyn. Wish I could have seen the last day’s finals, but had to leave early for the trip back to Denver. Enjoyed your doubles match and looking forward to Houston to see everyone again. See you soon. Thanks for your help getting to Prague. rita