Huntsville, on to the semis

There were a few upsets in Huntsville, but not many.

In the 60s the top 4 singles seeds and top 4 doubles seeds advanced without dropping a set, to the semis. Brenda Carter, seeded 1, dropped 5 games to Sharon Greene, which was more than any other seed…Betty Wachob showed no mercy in beating Wilma Lee 60 60, and Carol Clay showed very little in beating Molly Hahn 62 61. Pat Keleman, the 4th seed, beat Janet Watanabe 61 61. It was very windy today in Huntsville…the top seeds must be good wind players.

In the 70s there was one notable upset, Carol Wood, who said she played "in the zone" against Norma Veal, scored her 2nd straight upset, beating the #3 seed 62 61. There were reports of a deadly dropshot…there always are in Carol Wood’s matches. Ria Graham edged the #4 seed, Inge Weber, in 3 sets, reversing her loss to Weber in January. This time it was Weber who wore down. Roz King gave Dorothy Matthiessen all she could handle in their match, but Dorothy, as she nearly always does, prevailed, 67 62 64. Kathy Langer reported that Dori  deVries loves the ball she hits and apparently that’s the case since Dori won 60 63.

In doubles, the top seeds, Giacomini/Veal, beat Matthiessen/Lynn Little in straight sets and take on Roz King/Dori deVries in the final. King/deVries beat Langer/Tietz 63 75.

In the 80s, #1 seed Irene Shepard,  returning to tournament play after a layoff for shoulder surgery lost 63 64 to Jane Lutz; Louise Russ, playing her first tournament since knee surgery,  beat Louise Owen 63 75. Russ and Stephens, old high school doubles partners reunited,  reached the doubles final too against Lutz/Maloney.

I’m off to Mallorca tomorrow, so check the results for tomorrow’s and Thursday’s matches here

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