USA’s Altheat Gibson Cup team (women’s 70) fought their hearts out on the red clay at Camp Umag today, but fell literally short of the Netherlands. (The Dutch team had at least half a foot on each of the USA’s players, Cathie Anderson and Betty Wachob.) Anderson played a brilliant match at #2 singles to beat Anneke Jelsma de Jong 61 63 at #2 singles to start off the tie for the USA in a positive direction. 2014 World Champion Elsie Krocke then took on the US #1, Betty Wachob and won 60 75, overcoming a 52 deficit in the second set to send the tie to the doubles. The four singles players took the court for doubles, the Dutch team towering over their American opponents and overpowering them in the first set 61. The Americans were more aggressive in the second set and lobbed well to win it 62. In the third set the first four games were long; once the Dutch team won the critical fourth game they relaxed and Jelsma de Jong played very aggressively at the net, finishing the match with a smash.
The USA Doris Hart Cup team won a nail biter against New Zealand today 2/1. Judith Smith, playing on her first every Cup match, lost to Margaret Burgess in a match tiebreak at #2 singles (67 61 (3)). Burnett Herrick then beat Jean Stevens 62 75 to level the match at 1/1. The doubles was really tight, won 63 46 1/0 (8) by Smith/Herrick. That puts USA into the medal round as they will play a three team round robin for the Cup, but tomorrow they have a well deserved day off.
The only other notable results was that the Kitty Godfree Cup team beat Ukraine without the loss of a game in singles or doubles.
Kitty Godfree cup: USA d. Ukraine 3/0 no loss of games
Althea Gibson Cup: Netherlands d. USA 2/1
Queens Cup: USA d. Switzerland 3/0 Sgls King/Little; Doubles Woo/Fales
Hart Cup: USA d. NZ 2/1 (match tiebreak of doubles 10-8 Singles Smith lost mtb; Herrick won
Brittania Cup: USA d. Turkey 3/0; Robertson, Beautyman sgls; Bolton/Cheney doubles
Jack Crawford Cup USA d. Norway 3/0; Thomson, Johnson sgls; Nash/Rush doubles (3 sets)
Bitsy Grant Cup: USA d. Sweden 3/0 Sack/Hernando sgls; Bachmann/Quall doubles
Gardnar Mulloy Cup: USA d. Norway 3/0; McCabe; Powless singles (3, 6); Hurlbut/Nelson doubles