Fritz, Koizumi, Hoffman Win Two Gold Balls in NY

For Yukie Koizumi, it’s old hat, winning the singles at Forest Hills and becoming old hat to win the doubles too. She beat Mary Johnson to win the singles, and was never pressed during her three matches. She combined with Trisha Judge to beat Johnson/Kim Lackey in the doubles final.
Patricia Zerdan won the inaugural 30 grass court singles at Forest Hills (this event was offered last year but there were no entrants). She is 3/4 of the way to a singles Gold Slam in the 30s…and she’s won four in a row, having won the 30 clay courts in 2006.
The 50 singles and doubles were won by Kathy May Fritz. She beat her doubles partner, Susan Wright, in 3 sets in the singles final (Wright has been the silver ball winner in all three 50s nationals this year and in the world Championships…and has lost in 3 sets in all three nationals. She’s also received retirement wins (though was leading in all cases) in the quarters or semis of the three nationals, oddly enough). Fritz/Wright won the 50 doubles over Tina Karwasky/Mary Ginnard by default (Ginnard pulled an abdominal muscle while playing Wright in the semis and had to withdraw from the tournament).
The 60s singles title went to Betty Wachob, who stopped Brenda Carter’s string of consecutive 60 national titles at four. Carter however, combined with Suella Steel to win the double title over Wachob/Mary Wilson. Carter is 3/4 of the way to a doubles gold slam, having won the clay and hard court titles with Wachob.
Dorothy Matthiessen, who suffered a rare singles loss at the hard courts to Dori deVries, rebounded to win the 70 singles over deVries in straight sets. deVries/Belmar Gunderson did upset Matthiessen/Burnett Herrick in the semis, stopping Matthiessen’s streak of doubles wins in the 70s at 10, before falling in three sets in the final to the unseeded pairing of Roz King/Nancy Reed.
Diane Hoffman, always dangerous, upset Irene Shepard in the semis and edged Rita Price (who had taken out Betty Eisenstein in the other semi) in three sets before combining with her to win the doubles. Hall/Niehaus took the silver and Shepard/Skiffington the bronze in the round robin event.

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