Grass Courts, Forest Hills

Forest Hills came and went last week.
The 40s was won by Yukie Koizumi again. The Japanese player is awesome on grass, great movement. She also won the doubles with Mary Dailey. Koizumi beat Gerda Preissing of Germany in the singles final and handed Gerda and Mary Johnson a loss in the doubles final as well.
The 50s went to Tina Karwasky, her 5th in a row, over Sherri Bronson for the 3rd straight year. Mary Ginnard and Tina won the doubles over Nancy Neff and Connie Jones.
The 60s title went to Heide Orth, who improved her finish from last year when she was 4th. She traded places with Mary Wilson this year. Orth beat Judy Louie in the final. Wilson retained her doubles title however, combining with Betty Wachob to oust Louie/Suella Steel in 3 sets. The biggest upset was Betty Wachob’s win over Steel in the singles quarterfinal.
The 70s was won (3 guesses, and they all begin with M)…by Dorothy Matthiessen, who thus far is undefeated in this age division. She had a struggle in the final against Burnette Herrick, beating her in 3 sets to retain her title. Herrick ousted Dori deVries in 3 sets in the semis. deVries edged Nancy Reed in the3/4 playoff 06 75 60. Matthiessen/Belmar Gunderson retained their doubles title but had to go 3 hard sets to defeat Lee Burling (great to see Lee back) and Nancy Reed in the semis. Burling/Reed placed third in doubles. deVries/Herrick were 2nd.
Elaine Mason was back in winning form, taking her first singles title in a long time when she beat first Rita Price, and then Pat Niehaus to win the gold. She and June Dickey also won the doubles gold over Hussey/Price.
The 30 singles was offered at Forest Hills, but no one bit. The doubles was a round robin and Mary Dailey won her 2nd doubles gold, going undefeated in 3 matches, though she and Trish Riddell barely overcame Mary Johnson/Kim Lackey 76 in the third. Judy Stiff/Frances O’Sullivan took the silver.

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