National Clay Courts, Baton Rouge, LA, USA: Successful Day on the Dirt

Bocage Racquet Club.

Today I played the quarters of the national clay courts against Rita Giles from Washington DC. We had a good match, plenty of long rallies which I tried to contain by going to net to finish points…in fact I think I hit more volleys in singles than I did in doubles! I won 61 60. I play my doubles partner Susan Wright, who moved quickly past a tired Mary Morgan by a similar score. Diane Barker, the top seed, also dropped only a game in beating Kandy Chain. Pat Purcell caused the only upset of the day, overcoming multiple set points against her to beat her doubles partner, Bunny Allare 75 60.

Susan and I won our doubles 61 62 over Vicky Nagy/Mary Jackson in a fun match…lots of good points but we had more firepower and more consistency overall. We play Allare/Purcell, who won 62 61 over Sally Smith/Janet Mosely.

Bocage Tuesday (12) 

In the 80s, top seeded Dori DeVries beat 2016 80s world champion Inge Weber from Canada 64 62 while Roz King, the #2 seed, beat Carol Wood 61 62. In doubles, Weber/Kathy Langer upset the #1 seeds, DeVies/Wood, 64 64. Weber is hoping to retain the doubles title she won last year with Judy Smith. They play King/Burnett Herrick in the final tomorrow.

In the 70s, #2 seeded Betty Wachob was the highest casualty in the tournament, falling in a lengthy battle to Leslie Pixley 57 75 75. Pixley plays unseeded Judy Louie, a 64 64 winner over unseeded Brenda Winstead in the semis. Carol Clay stopped Ann Eaton’s run and will play Brenda Carter tomorrow. Carter moved past Mary Alice Pisani in the quarters. Clay/Ellen Goodman added another upset win to their bag, beating Lee Delfausse/Sue Kimball 64 60 to advance to the final against Carter/Wachob, who dispatched Ann Hunt/Louie in straight sets.



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