The Young Seniors Individual World Championships finished November 2nd in Miami Beach, Florida.
Photos below courtesy of cameraworksusa (Susan and Fred Mullane).
Anda Perianu, silver and Kaysie Smashey, bronze were on the medals podium for the USA in women’s 35 singles. They teamed together in 35 doubles to reach the semis and earn bronze medals. Perianu was seeded 4th.
Marvin Colley, unseeded, reached the men’s 40 singles final. He also teamed with Brandon Blankenbaker to reach the 35 doubles final. Marvin and Brandon took out the 2nd and 4th seeds along the way.
Neither Perianu nor Colley were members of a USTA national team this year. Perianu was a member of the Suzanne Lenglen Cup team in 2018 which finished second. Smashey and Blankenbaker were members of the W35 and M35 USA teams respectively in 2019.
Jenny Klitch and Andrea Rice, both of whom are in the 50s, reached the 45 doubles final. They won the 50 clay courts in 2019. Klitch was a member of the W45 team which won bronze in Miami Beach while Rice was a member of the gold medal winning W50 team this year in Lisbon, Portugal.
Today I played two matches in one day, doubling the amount of matches I’ve played in the tournament to date. I warmed up again with Jenny Klitch (who had the day off) and then played Leanne Scott of Australia. It was very windy at 9am and we were on a shady court but after a slow start I adjusted to the wind and shade and won 62 60. Susan Wright beat Elena Polyakova of Russia 63 61 a tough little player. Diane Barker beat Fiona Walker of Australia 61 63. The fourth semifinal was between #4 seeded Betty Michel of France and Carmen Lang Verdugo of Spain and was very competitive. Michel started slowly (or Lang started quickly), dropping the first set 60, but rebounded to win the final sets 64 61. Diane plays Betty and I play Susan tomorrow.
In doubles, Susan and Pat Medrado played a pair of Aussies, Wendy Harrison and Scott; unfortunately, Scott hurt her knee at 05 down and had to retire. Robin and I beat Annelies Simons, Netherlands and Penny Smith, NZL, and won 62 61. It was super windy though, and dusty. I was covered in clay by the end of the match, because of the swirling dust that enveloped the court. The groundskeepers couldn’t keep the clay wet enough, and there were dust clouds over the courts in the afternoon. Robin played great (to no one’s surprise) and it was a good match. We play the #3 seeds, Walker/Rosemary Everett tomorrow after they beat a pair of South African players in a match tiebreak. Tracey Thompson/Jenny Cerff beat Hazel Lindfield (GBR) and Christiane Deryckere (BEL). 76 62. They take on Susan/Pat tomorrow.
After the doubles Susan was snacking on her lunch and a bee flew into her mouth and bit her on her tongue! Fortunately, she’s not allergic to bees and it only stung a bit (pun intended). A couple of Advil in the afternoon and she was almost as good as new.
Robin and Ross Persons, USA won their 60 mixed today over Stephen Dance/Walker of Australia 62 76. Ross is also into the men’s doubles semis along with American Mark Vines (playing with Glenn Busby, AUS). Vines is into the semis, getting a retirement win (pulled muscle) from his opponent and plays Busby tomorrow. Diane and Jack Baker lost in the quarters of the mixed.
Five USA women are in the 55 doubles semis, but only one was expected to be there. Fran Chandler gained a measure of revenge against Helga Nauck (who beat her in singles) and, along with Shelly Works beat Nauck/Katie Boeroecz of Germany, the top seeds 60 63. Vicki Buholz/Gayle Prejean upset the #3 seeds, and multiple world champions Ros Balodis/Leanne Swaysland in an exciting match 64 16 1/0(8), winning the match tiebreak on their third match point. They take on Mary Dailey (USA) and Klartje Van Baarle of Belgium in the semis, the 2nd seeds.
In men’s 55 doubles Dan Grossman/Polo Cowan are into the semis. Willie Alumbaugh/Scott Works fell 12-10 in a match tiebreak though in the quarters. Collin Smith (USA)/David Smith (RSA) are into the 55 doubles semis. Bill Moss lost to Franck Hervy of France in three sets in the quarters of the 55 singles.
Team USA women’s 45 showed up ready to play against France for the Margaret Court Cup Finals at the Polo Club in Boca Raton. We were assigned to center court and we had a good crowd watching for each match. The weather all week was hot and humid and today was no different. Jenny Klitch from Florida played #2 singles against Marie-Dominique Larras from France. Although it was a hard fought and long first set France won the match 7-5 6-2 in just over 2 hours.
Our #1 singles player Jolene Watanabe, from South Carolina, played a very tough match and executed her shots incredibly well against Virginie Buisson. Jolene needed almost 2 1/2 hours to win the match in two very close sets 7-5 7-5 and even the overall match score at 1-1.
It was time for a doubles showdown to add even more excitement to an already great day of tennis. Jolene was feeling strong after her singles win and teamed up with doubles specialist Alissa Finerman, from California, to win the doubles point for team USA. Alissa and Jolene started off strong and broke France’s serve to take an early lead 1-0. They never looked back and won the first set 6-0. They closed out the match by breaking serve again and winning the second set 6-3.
Shelly Works, Texas, was a supportive, wonderful captain all day, sitting on the court in the sun for both long singles matches before Jenny Klitch relieved her for the doubles match and was extremely helpful to us in the doubles, both with strategy and with helping to keep our intensity up.
The USA last won the Court Cup in 2010 in Mexico City.
The medal ceremony is today at the conclusion of the men’s 45 (Dubler Cup final, featuring the USA) final.
It was a very special day and we are incredibly grateful for all the support during the week. Go USA!