Today I played the quarters of the semis of singles and doubles in the ITF Masters 1000 in Mallorca. I played Lisha Gu in singles and won pretty handily, then Susan Wright and I played a New Zealand pair after lunch, Helen Litt and Lynn Duncan and had a fun match at tennis club Aguait. Helen told me that all their senior events in NZ were doubles and mixed only other than nationals, so they play mostly doubles. We won 1,1, but had some very good points and games. We were given new balls today; yesterday Susan and Steve and other players were only given used balls! Though common in Europe, it’s no longer within the ITF rules, and the error was corrected today.
In between matches we scouted my potential next round opponents. I play a Brit ex-pat, Kim Reed, who lives in Spain. She handily beat Sylvia Reigl, losing only the first game. We also watched Carmen Chillida and Gundi Wieland…Gundi won 4, 4 but it took three hours!
Susan and her Aussie partner Steve Dance blitzed their German opponents in mixed. Jenny and I missed it because, surprise, surprise, we were shopping for food…and ice.
In other American results: Michael Beautyman won; Dave Sivertson lost; Carolann Castell won her consolation match; Bruce Barrett lost (playing at 9am as a lefty is very tough here with the sun!); Barrett/Castell won their mixed over an American/Canadian pairing Winder Bill/Jeanette McGlone in a match tiebreak to reach the semis; Dan Grossman won his doubles with Andrew Rae (AUS) today; Daniel Hazelton (who lives in Geneva) lost in the quarters of singles but is in mixed still; Don Long lost to Pinto Bravo of Chile (who is absolutely amazing in men’s 80s) in the quarters; Chuck Nelson is still in 90 singles (5 person round robin) and 85 doubles but had a day off; Thomas Blanno is in the quarters of 65 doubles; lost in R32 in singles; John Schwikert lost in the R32 M70; Ann Stanley is in the semis of mixed with Andrew Stanley; James Ward is in the quarters of Men’s 70s; Danny Shaw (lives in Vienna, Austria) is in the quarters of 65 consolation.
Tomorrow I play Kim Reed in singles who took out Sabine Schmitz first round. In doubles we play a Canadian pair, Charlotte and Jeanne.
Susan and Steve play Marc Pepin and Sylvia Reigl.
The weather remains warm and sunny here with highs in the 80s and lows in the upper 60s and a bit humid.