Houston, TX, March 24, 2022
Sue Kimball and Ann Eaton contested the women’s 75 final today and what I saw of it was a very good match. Sue whacked her forehand, Ann ran amazingly. Sue prevailed 26 61 76 (4). In doubles, Kimball/Carolann Castell (2) will face Petro Kruger/Liane Bryson (1) tomorrow.
Margaret Canby sailed through the 90s draw. Irene Bretzel (autocorrect does change this to Pretzel so apologies for previous posts where it was misspelled!) finished second when Rita Price retired at 2-2 in the third set; Price finished third and Janet Hubbard was fourth. Price/Hubbard will play Canby/Bretzel in the final tomorrow morning.
In the 65s, I beat Susan Wright in a long two-setter, nearly 2 1/2 hours, 63 76 (4). I ran A LOT; Susan came to net a lot…we had tough points and Susan couldn’t have been more gracious after the match. Then we played Debbie Burgess and Donna Drosner and played a near perfect match…Susan missed one shot (and it was a bad bounce)…I missed a few more but not a lot. We play Andrea Barnes/Leslie Murveit in the final. They were down 41 in the first (playing the semis on court 30 in the back) against Heidi Clemmer/Kathy Foulk, then won 64 62. Andrea hit a lot of great backhand angles and some forehand ones too, set up often by Leslie’s penetrating groundies. In singles I play Diane Barker, who took out surprise semifinalist Jeanne MacEarchen 62 62.
In the 55s, well, let’s say Shelly Works hogged court 2 for a looong time, edging Argentinian Mariana Metola 67 75 76 (and rallying from 2/4 30-40 in the third to do so. They last met in the world championships in Portugal in 2019 on red clay…there Metola won. It was nice to see Shelly moving so well. She plays last year’s finalist Renee Saheim who beat Tammy Simone 1,3. Charlotte Hartsock beat Darlene McGlone, the top seed 62 62 and faces Lucia Sapere, a 63 62 winner over Terri Thyssen.
The 55 doubles final is set: Saheim/Lori Gonzalez will take on Anna Zimmermann/Jami Patterson, who beat Metola/Sapere (who beat the 2nd seeds yesterday) 06 62 64. Saheim/Gonzalez beat McGlone/Alice Stubbs.
The seeds held up well in the 45 singles; all four made it to the semis. Amanda Parson Siegel faces her doubles partner Francesca LaO and Julie Thu plays fellow Texan Nancy Hilliard in the other semi. In doubles, the top 8 seeds all reached the quarters.
The 35s finally started today. The seeds start play in the quarters tomorrow. In doubles, all four seeds were successful today and play the quarters tomorrow.
The 85s final will be an all So-Cal affair. In the semis, former world champions Dori DeVries and Roz King faced off and DeVries, for the second time in as many days, had to go a full three sets to win. Sheila Palmer upset her doubles partner, Burnett Herrick 63 62 to advance to the final against top-seeded DeVries.
In 85 doubles, DeVries/Carol Wood, by the skin of their teeth advanced to the final over Palmer/Herrick 63 57 63 while King/Dorothy Wasser had a routine win over Kathy Langer/Lyn Tietz.
Another day, another great meal: