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  • Jane Lutz Wins 90 Singles and Doubles at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club Saturday

    Jane Lutz, 90, played six sets of tennis today to win the USTA 90 hard court singles & doubles titles. Rita Price also played six sets of tennis today and came away with a singles silver and doubles gold for her efforts.

    Jane won the singles 26 75 64 over Price and Jane and Rita won the doubles 75 46 63 over Janet Hubbard/Pat Wiedenmann.

    I repeat…Jane is 90, Rita is 92 and they played for over four hours on hard courts no less.

    The photos below are courtesy of Mary Johnson

    • Photos (more will be added)
    Jane Lutz and the class fun maker Rita Price
    Rita Price
    Jane Lutz

  • Finals Day, National Women’s Hard Courts, La Jolla: Two Marathons in One Day!

  • Friday was finals day at the USTA National Hard Courts at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. I didn’t get to see much tennis because I was on court most of the day from about 11:30 till about 8pm. Susan Wright and I played our second marathon in a month, and it was a tough match. I came away with the 26 75 76(4) win in about 3.5 hours (was down 41 in the third but kept on fighting). Susan is as gracious in defeat as in victory, the sign of a champion. About 90 minutes later Robin Harris and I took on Susan and Shannon Carney in the doubles final. Three hours later Susan and Shannon came away with a well deserved 57 63 62 win.
  • Shannon won the 3/4 playoff over Cindy Johnson in a match tiebreak 14-12. Their tiebreak (they were playing next to us) seemed to go on forever, though I think their match was shorter than ours. Erin Boynton/Abbi Neuthaler won the bronze over Una Davis/Tracey Thompson. Kathy Vick took 5th and Erin Boynton took 7th. (The tournament had a quarterfinal playoff and then a 7/8 playoff for the quarterfinal losers who lost their first match in the playoff, a first.
  • Jen Dawson was the only double gold winner of the week, edging top seeded Andrea Rice in a grueling 75 75 win. I saw a little of the beginning of the match and it was fantastic tennis. Jen is a rock at the baseline and Andrea played athletic all court tennis. You won’t find two nicer competitors anywhere (Shelly Works, you have competition for this title in these two!). Dawson teamed with Jenny Rens Keller to win the doubles over Rice/Anna Zimmermann 62 62. It was Jenny Keller’s first gold ball.
  • Conan Lorenzo, Andrea Rice and Jen Dawson with TD Bill Kellogg, photo courtesy of Mary Johnson
  • Kristen Kepler won the 50 singles bronze over Keller; Deb Higa/Jennifer Lyons took the bronze over Kepler/Neuthaler.
  • Judy Dixon won the 70 singles with an emphatic 63 60 win over #2 seeded Molly Hahn. I believe it was her first singles gold ball. Liane Bryson/Kathy Bennett won the doubles over Dixon/Vicky McEvoy 64 63. Sue Kimball edged Carol Gay in three sets for the singles bronze but Carol Gay/Sheila Johnson came away with the doubles win against Hahn/Kimball to win the doubles bronze.
  • Lorna Brooks, unseeded, won the 80 singles 62 64 over top seeded Dorothy Wasser. She did it the hard way too, beating the #3, #2 and #1 seeds en route to the title. Brooks is from Wyoming now but used to live in Exeter, in the Central Valley of California and we used to practice together about 35 years ago… I knew how good she was then and so wasn’t too surprised when she won. She was one of the top 2 juniors in SoCal as a youngster (Sally Huss was the top junior). She played with her hair down, which amazed some of the spectators (it doesn’t move). Lola O’Sullivan/Barbara Oldfield were the surprise doubles winner. For Barbara it was her first USTA ball of any color! They beat Claudia Giacommini/Dorothy Matthiessen 76(4) 63 for the gold.
  • Burnett Herrick won the 80 singles bronze by default (injury) over Carol Wood; Herrick/Wasser beat Lynn Tietz/Wood for the 80 doubles bronze.
  • The 90s final is this morning at 9am between Rita Price and Jane Lutz, followed by the de facto doubles final (it’s a three team round robin between the two undefeated teams) scheduled for 1pm.
  • Draws are here.
  • Day 1 Blog
  • Day 2 Blog
  • Day 3 Blog
  • Day 4 Blog
  • Photos (more will be added).

  • Semifinal Day: Loooong Day on Court

    I was on the court at least 6 hours today playing matches…started singles around 1:30, finished at 5pm then played doubles from about 6:15 to 9pm. That’s a lot of tennis. We started late because of morning rain, but as predicted it stopped around 11 or 11:30 and the courts were dry by 12:30. We had to wait a bit for a consolation match to finish. I played Shannon Gordon Carney from St Louis. She’s a former All American from UCLA and currently coaches a college team in St. Louis. She’s a counter puncher, I’m a counter puncher, we had long rallies despite a very stiff and persistent cross wind. I won 63 36 61…took five match points though in the last game. Susan Wright dispatched Texan Cindy Johnson 61 60. In doubles Robin Harris and I had a long battle which began in sunlight and finished under the lights. We won 36 61 64 against Una Davis/Tracey Thompson and it was a tough match with a lot of excellent points. We play Wright/Carney in the doubles final tomorrow…they took out Abbi Neuthaler/Erin Boynton 76 62.

    In other divisions, Lorna Brooks (my pre tournament dark horse pick in the 80s) reached the final with a 61 76 win over #2 seed Burnett Herrick. She plays top seeded Dorothy Wasser in the final; Dorothy edged Carol Wood in two tight sets.

    In doubles, Lola. O’Sullivan/Barbara Oldfield, the #3 seeds, upset #2 seeded Lynn Tietz/Carol Wood and take on #4 seeded Claudia Giacommini/Dorothy Matthiessen in the final. Claudia/Dorothy upset Wasser/Herrick in a long tough three setter.

    In the 70s Judy Dixon advanced to the final with a tough 3-setter over Carol Gay. I am not sure who won the other semi; the tournament website says Molly Hahn, but another press release says Sue Kimball…stay tuned. Update: Hahn won 63 62.

    I do know though that Dixon/Vicky McEvoy are in the doubles final against Kathy Bennett/Liane Bryson.

    In the 50s, the top 2 seeds, Andrea Rice and Jennifer Dawson advanced in straight sets to the final; Rice/Anna Zimmermann upset #1 seeded Deb Higa/Jennifer Lyons 62 75 and Dawson/Jenny Rens Keller ousted Kepler/Neuthaler.

    As expected Jane Lutz and Rita Price are in the 90 singles final.

    Live cam from ct 2: Court 2: https://www.ipcamlive.com/ljbtc

    Draws: https://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/tournament.aspx?t=222471


  • Quarterfinal Day at the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Courts

    There were a lot of great matches at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club today in La Jolla, CA.

    In the 50s, Kristen Kepler edged #4 seeded Anna Zimmermann in three sets, a reversal of their result last month on clay. La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club member, and an altogether great person (I mean, her nickname is “Bubbles” because of her bubble personality…she’s never met a stranger), Jenny Rens Keller upset #3 seeded Michelle Saunders 62 46 61; in the second set Jenny stopped attacking but she rectified that in the third. She joins her doubles partner Jen Dawson, and Andrea Rice in the semis.

    Rice/Zimmermann lost the first set to Krista Oconnor/Lisa Traylor before rallying for the win; Oconnor/Traylor play together a lot whereas it’s Rice/Zimmermann’s first tournament together. They face Deb Higa/Jennifer Lyons in one semi while Abbi Neuthaler/Kepler take on Dawson/Keller.

    In the 60s, the match of the day was that between Tina Karwasky and Cindy Johnson. Johnson quickly won the first set 60 and seemed on the way to a straight set win, leading 3-0 in the second; but Karwasky, the consummate professional, fought back strongly, forcing a third set, which was tight all the way. Johnson prevailed 64, using all of the court to earn the win. Kathy Vick played a good first set, and lead 5-3 but came up just short against Susan Wright, 5-7; Susan played a flawless second set winning it 60. Shannon Gordon Carney outplayed Colleen Ferrell Clery 61 62 and I beat Erin Boynton in a tough match (the score doesn’t reflect the quality of the points and games) 62 62. I play Shannon tomorrow.

    In doubles, Johnson was also involved in the match of the day. She teamed with Vick to take on Una Davis/Tracey Thompson. Johnson/Vick won the first set 62 and seemed on the cusp of victory after rallying from 3-5 down in the second to level it at 5-5, but Davis/Thompson relaxed, changed their strategy a bit and won 26 75 61. Robin Harris and I won 60 60; Wright/Gordon Carney won a tough match against Karwasky/Carolyn Lane 64 76 and Boynton/Neuthaler beat Sherri Bronson/Kim Dean.

    In the 70s, Carol Gay of San Diego blitzed Ann Loose (who played consecutive 3-set singles the past 2 days) 60 60; Judy Dixon won in straight sets; Molly Hahn overcame a set deficit to beat Mary Alice Pisani and Sue Kimball also rallied from a set down to beat Barbara Hubbard. In doubles, the top four seeds advanced; only Gay/Sheila Johnson dropped a set (to Diana Kitt/Pisani).

    In the 80s, Lorna Brooks knocked off Dorothy Matthiessen 63 60 to set up an interesting semi with Burnett Herrick. Carol Wood beat Kathie Meyering in a first time meeting and faces Dorothy Wasser next.

    In doubles, all four seeds prevailed though Tietz/Wood and O’Sullivan/Oldfield had tough three set wins to reach the semis; they face each other tomorrow. Wasser/Herrick beat Palmer/Brooks and take on Giacommini/Matthiessen in the semis.

    Lutz and Price sailed past Sally Fuller/Joyce Vanderpol; both Joyce and Sally had very long three setters yesterday.

    All draws and results are here.

    Monday round up

    Tuesday round up.

    Live cam for court 2 here.


  • National Women’s 50-90 Hard Courts: Tuesday, Day 2

    Let’s start with the 80s…Lorna Brooks from Wyoming (but a SoCal native), playing her annual national tournament (where she meets up with friends from the Central Valley of California where she lived for many years) aged up to the 80s this year (you’d never know it). Lorna played #3 seed Lola O’Sullivan (also hard to believe she’s in her 80s) and won 61 61. Next up, the legendary Dorothy Matthiessen…talk about a tough quarter! In contrast, top seeded Dorothy Wasser from Florida won 2/1 today (Bonnie Champion pulled a hamstring…ouch!) and then takes on Betty Hill tomorrow…Betty won a marathon 3-setter today, lasting well over three hours. Carol Wood will play Kathie Meyering, who had a three setter as well today. Burnett Herrick won over Sheila Palmer who withdrew with an injury.

    In doubles there are some intriguing matches tomorrow; Wasser/Herrick face Brooks/Palmer; Meyering/Smith play Tietz/Wood; and Katie Koontz making her return to national play after over a decade’s absence faces O’Sullivan/Barbara Oldfield.

    In the 90s, the co-#1 seeds, Jane Lutz and Rita Price lounged while their semifinal opponents both played three-setters to get to the semis; fortunately they have tomorrow off from singles. Jane plays local Sally Fuller while Rita will play Joyce Vanderpol. Sally and Joyce will play Rita and Jane in doubles though tomorrow in the first of 3 round robin doubles matches in the 90s.

    In the 50s #3 seeded Michelle Saunders had a challenging second set from Yumi Hansen but prevailed 62 75. She faces local star Jenny Rens Keller in what should be a good counterpunch/punch match. Jennifer Dawson will make her singles debut against Yvette Kruger. And Anna Zimmerman, the #4 seed has a rematch with Kristen Kepler; they played a month ago at the clay courts and had a good match.

    In doubles there were two upsets of 5-8 seeds; locals Anna Palmer and Tammy Stephens cruised past #5 seeds Andrea Wiggins/Andrea Thomason. Mary Graber/Trina Lee Molatkly edged another #5 seeded team, Darice Carneje/ Monica Sweet, getting stronger with each set.

    In the 70s, Ann Loose played and won a three setter for the second straight day, upsetting #5 Gwenda Ward 64 in the third. The remaining seeds won easily. Diane Kitt/Mary Alice Pisani upset #5 seeded Ward/Loose (maybe Loose finally ran out of gas) in two close sets. The remaining seeds dropped very few games.

    And finally the 60s. I beat Leslie Murveit, who played very well after she warmed up…the second set we had some long games and long points, but I prevailed 60 63. All eight of the seeds advanced without losing a set; several lost no games including Shannon Gordon Carney who won today and yesterday 60 60.

    In doubles, the match of the day once again featured Leslie Murveit, who with Colleen Clery Ferrell took on Cindy Abel/Kristen Stanton. It was also the last match of the day and Abel/Stanton were able (see what I did there) to come back from a 1-set deficit to finish off the upset 64 in the third…they had many remarkable points, especially the one on set point in the first set where Leslie came out of the back field to run down a sharp angle and return it for a winner. Cindy was a backboard; Kristen has nice hands and Colleen made some super volleys and overheads. Kim Dean/Sherri Bronson were pushed to 3 sets to win; the other seeds won in straight sets.

    There was a player dinner tonight. Those seagulls were not aimlessly flying around, they were periodically pouncing on untended plates. The dinner was on the beach and very nice.

    Draws are here.

    Photos are here.

    Monday Blog Post


  • National Women’s 50-90 Hard Courts/ITF Grade A/USTA Cat I; La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club

    The USTA Hard Court Women’s 50/60/70/80/90 National Championships began today at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in La Jolla, California.

    This year it’s also an ITF Grade A (for those who have an IPIN; if you don’t, go to itftennis.com/ipin to sign up. It’s $25 for 2019).

    Draws are here.

    There weren’t many singles seeds in action today except in the 60s which had six; they all advanced without complication. The match of the day was that between NSWTA (National Senior Women’s Tennis Association) president Leslie Murveit and Sherri Bronson. They played a marathon here two years ago, won by Sherri; this year Leslie avenged that loss with a 63 26 63 win in just over two hours. I play Leslie tomorrow.

    The 80s has a full 16 draw and is super strong…former world champion Dorothy Matthiessen is unseeded; Lorna Brooks, new to the 80s and flying under the radar, takes on third seeded Lola O’Sullivan who hits a hard ball; and Dorothy Wasser is the top seed for the first time in singles.

    The round of 16 takes place in all divisions tomorrow followed by doubles. Consolation matches start at 8am.

    There’s a player dinner on the beach in the early evening.


  • DeVries Wins 80s Battle; Lutz Takes 90 Crown at National Hard Courts

    Dori DeVries won a long battle against her friend and doubles partner Roz King to win the gold ball at the USTA National 80 Hard Courts Sunday. She battled back after dropping the first set 61 to win the final sets 64 76(5). The two played a month ago at the National Clay Courts where King won with the loss of only two games. Dori looked pretty down after that match and a bit perplexed, but obviously found another gear today. The duo won the doubles, beating Burnett Herrick/Dorothy Wasser to claim the title.

    Jane Lutz won her final round robin match to clinch the 90s title. Her toughest match was the first one, against Rita Price, which she won 75 in the third.

    In women’s 70s, there was another battle from behind to win. Carter/Wachob, the #2 seeds, lost to Bennett/Bryson 64 64 at the Clay. Here the second seeds reversed the outcome, winning 06 75 62.

    In 60 doubles, Robin Harris and I were up a set against Susan Wright/Tracey Thompson when it rained last night. Today we started at 9am and it was still a bit drizzly. We got started after a slight mist delay around 9:30 and won the 2nd set 63, even though I never held served the entire match! Robin though was only broken once today…no one else held serve. The conditions were heavy and slow. That and apparently we had stellar service returns! Robin played great and was everywhere on the court.

    There were quite a few consolation matches today and there are a few tomorrow in the 80s, but for me, that’s a wrap on this year’s national hard courts.

    Again, a sincere thank you to Bill Kellogg, Conan, Pierrette, Marilyn, Bob and the entire staff of the LJBTC, and to the Beach Club members for allowing this tournament to use all the courts.

    ◦ Court 1 matches are streamed here: https://www.ipcamlive.com/ljbtc

    ◦ Results can be found here: https://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=205807#&&s=7Draws21

    ◦ Photos are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/xE8s7qfPu3d6au33A

    ◦ Fans can tune-in to RadioTennis.com on Friday, May 11 at 9 a.m. to listen to live audio play-by-play of the day’s matches on Court No. 1. Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide the live web cast commentary at https://radiotennis.com/.


  • Finals Set for Women’s 50/60/70 Singles & Doubles

    It was another gorgeous La Jolla day full of lots of great tennis from 8am to after 8pm. The finals are now set for most of the women’s divisions.

    In the 50s, Andrea Rice ended unseeded Michelle Saunders’ run and Ros Nideffer beat Shelly Works to book a date with Rice in the final tomorrow. In doubles, #2 seeds Debbie Higa/Jami Jones overcame a slow start to beat #3 seeded Ellie Hammargren/Jennifer Lyons 60 in the third. Debbie Spence Nasim/Ros Nideffer’s slow start consisted of dropping 2 games in the first set vs zero in the second against Paulson/Rice. It will be a rematch of the 40 Hard Court final from last December in the final. As I left, Newman/Prejeen were playing Works Zimmermann in a 5-8 playoff match at a little after 8:30. Works/Zimmermann finally won it 63 in the third. They face Lane/Karwasky who beat Oconnor/Traylor in three sets, finishing around 8:30.

    Susan Wright continued her stellar play in the 60s, beating #3 seeded Leslie Airola Murveit without dropping a game, while Shannon Gordon Carney showed no ill effects from her 7 hours on court yesterday, beaing #2 seeded Tracey Thompson 75 61 to reach her first national singles final. Thompson/Wright advanced to the doubles final, edging Una Davis/Colleen Clery Ferrell 75 64. Robin Harris and I beat Tina Karwasky/Carolyn Lane 63 62. Robin played terrific tennis (to the surprise of no one). The marathon match of the day in this division was in the quarterfinal playoff between Andrea Barnes and Sherri Bronson, finally won 76 in the third by Bronson.

    In the 70s Brenda Carter won the battle of the Brendas, beating Brenda Winstead to advance to the final. Molly Hahn finally ended Betty Wachob’s marathon run, beating her 75 75. This final will be a repeat of the clay final from three weeks ago in Naples, Florida. The doubles final will be a repeat of the semis at that event. Leona Bryson/Kathy Bennett beat Elizabeth Barnhill/Barbara Hubbard and Carter/Wachob showed no mercy on Carol Gay/Sheila Johnson.

    The 80s moved into the semis without upsets, other than that #4 Carol Wood defaulted her quarterfinal singles match due to injury and Dorothy Matthiessen retired up a set and down 43 to Burnette Herrick.

    Next report will probably be on Saturday morning. We play at 2:30. If on Court 1 you can stream it online.


  • National Hard Courts Day 3: Long Matches, Great Tennis

    Wednesday May 9, 2018

    La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, La Jolla, CA

    The National Women’s Hard Courts continued on Wednesday, which was quarterfinal day for the women’s 50 & 60s. There were lots of long matches, great matches and a few upsets too.

    Betty Wachob won another grueling match today over Gwenda Ward, 61 57 76 (5)…the same score by which she beat Carolann Castell the day before. Luckily though her doubles was shorter…she combined with Brenda Carter to advance quickly to the semis.

    Shannon Gordon-Carney also won a three+ hour singles, upsetting #4 seeded Colleen Clery Ferrell, a local tennis director and fan favorite, 46 62 64. Her doubles though was also long and grueling, lasting over three hours against Clery Ferrell and Beach Club member Una Davis. Colleen and Una won it 67 (6) 63 64, finishing around 8:30 pm under lights. Colleen/Una had multiple set points in the first set before succumbing in the tiebreak and fought hard to win the second…points were lasting 10, 20, 30 shots even though Una and Colleen were at the net more often than not. Cindy Abel, Shannon’s partner, was just returning to national play after a long absence but was lobbing and moving as well as ever and Shannon, who played at UCLA, is a fine doubles player. The match was played in great spirit before an engaged crowd on Court 1.

     

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    In the 50s, Michele Saunders caused her second upset in a row, beating #4 seeded Alicia Rowley 76 57 63. With such long matches, it’s understandable why matches were backed up so long today! Saunders takes on Andrea Rice next while Shelly Works will face Ros Nideffer. Rice beat another Beach Club member and fan favorite, Jenny Rens in an entertaining match 64 64. Rice teamed with Paulson to upset the #4 seeds, Works/Anna Zimmermann in three sets to advance to the semis.

     

    Jenny Rens

    Jenny Rens

    Robin Harris and I beat Donna Drosner/Debbie Burgess 61 61 and take on Tina Karwasky/Carolyn Lane, who upset #4 seeds Andrea Barnes/Leslie Airola-Murveit 60 63. Colleen/Una face Tracey Thompson/Susan Wright on the other side of the draw.

    In the 70s, Brenda Winstead upset Mary Alice Pisani, the 4th seed 75 36 64. In doubles Carol Gay/Sheila Johnson ousted Molly Hahn/Suella Steel, the #3 seeds.

     


  • Nideffer, Wright, Carter & King Win Singles Crowns at Hard Courts in La Jolla

    Today was a long day of tennis. Susan Wright and I started play around 11:30 and finished close to 2pm. Susan played really well, making few errors, moved really well and hit some great shots. I played pretty well after going down 5-0 in the first sets, though I had chances to win several of those games…thwarted by Susan’s line kissing shot or a net cord winner! Susan won 64 63. Doubles went our way….after starting slowly…we dropped the first set 62 and never held serve, we broke to start the second and stayed in the lead throughout the set, finally winning it on our third set point 64. The third set was equally tight, though we had chances to get a big lead. Robin was all over the net, she’s really a phenomenal doubles player and partner. We won 26 64 64 and I served it out (!). Susan and Tina played well too. They both have excellent serves and returns and move well. We were really happy to pull it out. We finished at 6:30 (we started around 4pm), just in time for the fantastic player dinner at the Beach Club.

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    It was a golden day for the top seeds named Ros…or Roz. Ros Nideffer had an easier day at the office today, winning the singles final over Jean Marie Alpert 60 62, and teaming with Debbie Spence Nasim to beat last year’s champions, Ellie Hammargren/Jennifer Lyons 60 61. The points in that match were excellent…the game ending ones though consistently went to Ros and Debbie.

    Roz King added two more gold balls to her collection, winning the singles over her doubles partner Dori DeVries 64 16 64, a match in which she won one fewer game than her opponent. In doubles, in a match that was played today (not yesterday as the results page on tennislink had indicated), Roz and Dori beat Carol Wood/Dorothy Wasser 63 61. Kathy Langer/Burnett Herrick took third when Dorothy Matthiessen had to retire (her husband took a fall that landed him in the hospital, though he seems to be recovering well).

    Brenda Carter beat Carol Clay 62 61 to win the 70 singles and nearly added a gold ball in doubles too with Allyson Bolduc. However, Liane Bryson/Cathie Anderson had other plans. After dropping the first set 62, they rallied to win the second 76 (9) and ran away with the third 63. Carol Gay/Sheila Johnson took the bronze with a three set win over Ann Hunt/Judy Louie.

    The 90s singles and doubles are ongoing in round robin form.

    The 3/4 playoffs are tomorrow along with ongoing consolation and men’s tournament matches.

    Draws

    Photos


  • Into the Finals on a Sunny, Breezy California Day

    Update: The women’s 80 final was not played on Thursday, it was an input error. The final is scheduled for Friday.

     

    Today, Thursday, was semifinal day for the national hard courts in La Jolla at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.

    First a late update from yesterday: Natalie Herreman Bagby/Alissa Finerman upset the #4 seeds in the 50 doubles, Jennifer Dawson/Jenny Rens Keller in three sets to advance to the semis. And Carol Gay did get past Carolann Castell in the 70 singles, in straight sets. Also, Gay/Sheila Johnson upset #3 seeds  Carolann Castell/Peggy Andry in the 70 quarters.

    Now onto Thursday results.

    Most of the dramatic matches occurred today in the 50s where the viewing section by Court 1 was packed with well over 100 spectators. The two 50s finalist could not have taken more different paths to the final. Ros Nideffer, the top seed and defending champion routed Shelly Works 60 60, though they had some good points. Ros however was aggressive and attacked often and effectively.

    Jean Alpert, the third seed, took the long route to the final, completing a fine comeback 06 64 76 over Natalie Herreman Bagby, last year’s finalist and the 2nd seed. Alpert had dropped their only previous meeting last year in the final of the Asics 50 singles, 60 62. Natalie seemed on track to repeat the performance, going ahead 60 2-0 and then 3-1 before Alpert fought back, winning the set 64 to level the match. The third set was a see-saw affair, with Alpert going up 4-1 against a tired opponent. Herreman Bagby fought back, winning several long games to level the set at 4-4 at which time she needed a medical time out for a pulled groin. After having her leg wrapped, she managed to go up 65 and had some match points, but Alpert fought them off and eventually won the tiebreak.

    The 50 doubles semis were also quite different. Beverly Bowes-Hackney/Alpert played defending champions Jennifer Lyons/Ellie Hammargren. Bowes pulled her hamstring early on, and though she continued to play, Lyons/Hammargren won 64 61. Meanwhile, Nideffer/Debbie Spence Nasim, the top seeds,  took on Finerman/Herreman Bagby. Alissa/Natalie seemed bent on scoring a second upset. Ros/Debbie grabbed the first set in the tiebreak 76; Alissa/Natalie took the second 75. The third set went to the top seeds 63, but the games were tight and the points amazing, particularly the match point. The crowd was roaring after many of the points, it was fantastic tennis.

    In the 60s, Susan Wright ended her doubles partner’s bid for a sixth straight crown in La Jolla, despite dropping eight games in the row in the middle of the match. Wright beat Tina Karwasky 62 06 63. Apparently there was a game in the middle of the third set which had about a dozen or more deuces. Susan won it and then coasted to the finish line.

    I beat Sherri Bronson 63 63. Sherri played a clever match and I was happy to get past her in straight sets.

    Robin Harris and I won our semi over Una Davis/Colleen Ferrell 63 61. Robin played more like someone 6’3” than 5’3” …she can really cover the court! Susan and Tina beat last year’s finalists Andrea Barnes/Leslie Murveit in straight sets.

    There were no close matches in the semis of the 70s or 80s and only one  upset. Carol Clay beat her hostess for the week, Cathie Anderson 64 60 and Brenda Carter beat Carol Gay 61 64. Carter/Allyson Bolduc, seeded 4th, upset top seeded Ann Hunt/Judy Louie 62 64 and Anderson/Liane Bryson beat Carol Gay/Sheila Johnson 63 63.

    Roz King and Dori Devries will reprise the 80s final from the Clay Courts three weeks ago tomorrow. King beat Burnett Herrick and DeVries beat Kathy Langer. Devries/King beat Wasser/Wood 62 61 in the final. Tietz/Matthiessen had to withdraw in the semis due to Matthiessen’s husband having a fall.

    The 90s are rolling along with Rita Price leading the way in singles and doubles (with Betty Cookson).  Rita and Betty are shown below with Susan Wright. There was a nice barbecue on the beach last night…though the sea gulls were uninvited guests.

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    Draws

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  • Drizzly Day at La Jolla Spring Hardcourts 

    It’s going to be a late night tonight due to morning drizzle and a packed schedule in La Jolla, so here is a late afternoon briefing. 

    I won my singles over Donna Drosner 62 62. Donna played well and we had some good points and games. Susan Wright and Tina Karwasky played great to advance past Colleen Ferrell and Andrea Barnes respectively. Andrea commented that Tina played particularly well today with more zip on her shots. Apparently Tina has been working extra hard at the gym. 

    However the match of the day in the 60s was the three hour long battle between Sherri Bronson seeded 5-8 and 4th seeded Lesley Murveit. Bronson won 60 26 63. The last set took over an hour and the points were long and grueling. 

    The only other upset today was Kathy Langer’s straight set win over #3 seed Carol Wood. 

    All other seeds in the 50, 60, 70, & 80 advanced in straight sets except possibly for Carol Gay who is still battling Carolann Castell. 

    Doubles is yet to be played. We play Julie David/Bronson pretty soon. 

    Draws: http://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?t=188290

    Below players waiting for courts and working on their devices. 


  • La Jolla Hard Courts on a May Gray Sort of Day

    The weather today was a May Gray sort of day, mostly overcast though the sun tried to peak out. However, there was lots of tennis and no rain in the paradise called La Jolla.

    I won my singles match against Marianne Saibara from Utah. Robin Harris and I also won out doubles against a San Diego team of Ruth Young and Janet McLees. Tomorrow is quarterfinal day for all the women’s draws other than the 90s which is a round robin and starts tomorrow.

    There was only one upset today, a marathon four hour match between Kristin Fudalla, seeded in the 5-8 group and Yumi Hansen from Utah. Yumi won 57 75 63 and you could hear the effort expended from several courts away. However there were some good close matches in the doubles. Erika Smith and Mary Dailey had a tough three setter with Andrea Rice/Sheila Walker. Judy Newman/Lucia Romanov also had to battle long and hard to get past Tai Sisson/Lis Andrade…there were a lot of long rallies, lobs and overheads in that match and it was really windy too. The reward for the two victorious teams is a date with the top 2 doubles seeds tomorrow.

    The remaining seeds in all divisions advanced without too much trouble. The top 8 80s seeds all won without anyone losing more than 3 games! (Nice job by the seeding committee there). Here are a few photos of the club, beach and trophies.

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    Draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/tournamenthome/tournament.aspx?T=188290#&&s=7Draws20

    Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/8eFW2ehTkKpEoZkj7


  • Presidents’ Cup: USIC vs French IC in La Jolla, California

    The USIC stands for the United States International Club. There are 38 members from Argentina to Uruguay to Singapore to South Africa (for a complete list go to ictennis.net). The IC was created in the 1920s by Great Britain; France and USA were the next two members. The object was to bring together players in a competitive but friendly environment. There are IC matches all over the world.

    November 10-11 the USIC and French IC met at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club to play for the “Presidents’ Cup” It’s a biannual event, hosted every four years by the US and every four years by France. There were singles matches Thursday and Friday mornings and doubles and mixed in the afternoons in La Jolla. They were preceded by gala dinners on Wednesday and Thursday night. The USA all but wrapped up the Cup by day’s end on Thursday, as Charlie Hoeveler assembled a stellar team led by Ros Nideffer a former French Open doubles champion, Dan Goldie, the Stanford star, and many current and former Cup team members such as Paul Wulf, Bob Litwin, Charlie Hoeveler, Judy Newman, Carolyn Nichols, & Erika Smith, and USC coach Peter Smith, a many time national champion in his own right.

    The weather could not have been better…it was warm and beautiful even for La Jolla, in the 80s and in November!

    For more information on the USIC, go to usictennis.org. For more information on the history of the Presidents’ Cup click here.

    For all photos click here.

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  • La Jolla Friday: DeVries wins 3:12 hour 80s Singles Final

    Dori DeVries survived a 3:12 hour singles match with Dorothy Matthiessen to win the 80 Hard Court Singles today 75 67 64, then combined with Carol Wood to beat Matthiessen/Judy Smith 61 75 for the doubles gold. The singles match, played on Court 1, had a packed and interested audience and was of high quality. In the end, DeVries’ mobility was the difference… By a hair! Carol Wood took the singles bronze.

    Jennifer Lyons/Elly Hammargren won the doubles over Judy Newman/Jenny Rens Keller in three sets, also on court 1 and with a SRO audience watching and cheering. Erika Smith/Mary Dailey finished 3rd.

    Robin Hartis made a successful return to tournament play after neck surgery and played great (to no on’s surprise). Combining with Carolyn Nichols they beat surprise finalists Andrea Barnes/Leslie Murveit 63 62. Match point was..memorable. I attempted an overhead smash, framed it, multiple but continuous hits ensued, the ball then hit the net, went over and died a spin by death.., game set match over on a lucky hit! Tina Karwasky/Jan Kirkland-Cochran told third.

    More tomorrow after the remaining finals. 


  • Peter/Riley Smith, Tony Bujan & Matthew Sah/Poh Seng Tan Win USTA National Hard Courts in La Jolla

    The top seeds prevailed in all three finals played Sunday at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.

    Tony Bujan’s title in men’s 40 singles was his third in as many years. He took out Marcio Carlsson, the Brazilian player who had dropped only four games en route to the final. Bujan also had eased comfortably into the final, not dropping a set himself. However, his title defense hopes looked shaky early on as he was broken in his first service game and though the two  players were on serve the rest of the match, Bujan was down a set point at 4-5 before breaking and three more serving to stay in the set at 5-6, where his lefty serve out wide to Carlsson’s backhand saved him repeatedly. The second set ended in a tiebreak won by Bujan. As the match went on Bujan got to Carsson’s backhand more often, making him pass off that wing with his frequent forays to the net. He also hit a lot of service winners, as did Carlsson. Bujan saved some break points with service winners and didn’t drop serve in the second set; his one break of serve early on was enough to seal the win.

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    Oren Motevassel, the #3 seed,  had little trouble with David Smith, a 9-16 seed, allowing him only one game in their 3/4 playoff match for the bronze ball.

    The match for fifth place was a real battle, between 49 year old #5 seeded Jeff Greenwald and #2 seed, 40 year old Josh Oswald (who went out first round). Jeff won the first set and led 4-0  in the second, but Oswald fought back hard, finally winning 46 75 64. Both fought through fatigue, and the match was nearly four hours long…it could easily have been a final in many tournaments.

    There were two rounds of father/son on Sunday. The two finalists, Peter & Riley Smith and Brett & Brian Joelson, took different paths to the final. The Smiths dominated Brett/Jerry Morse-Karzen, allowing them only a game in the semis. The Joelson’s though had a battle with Bruce/Bruce Man-Son-Hing, winning in three sets to reach the final. The Joelson’s went up a double break early on the Smith’s, leading 4-1 and Riley was, well, riled up. A word from his dad, the very successful USC coach, Peter Smith, calmed him down and the Smith’s ran out the set 64, and won the second by the same score. They won the title without dropping a set, and it was their third father/son win of 2015. The Man-Song-Hnig’s took third.

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    The Grandfather/Grandson title also went to the top seeds, Matthew Sah and his grandfather Poh Seng Tan. Tan won this event last year with his older grandson Timothy and repeated with Matthew without missing a beat. They beat Ian and LR Freer in the final. Volodymir Sheludchenko/Simon Yundov took the bronze.

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    The mixed doubles bronze ball playoff took place on Sunday morning with Natalie Hill/Jesse Ponwith prevailing over Una Davis/Brett Buffington.

    All Results Here: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=7Draws8

    And that’s a wrap on the 40 Hard Courts. Anyone in the 40s, or who plays father/son or grandfather/grandson…come on down next year!

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  • USTA National 40 Hard Courts: Osswald Upset by Miller in R64; Amy Frazier Makes Successful Debut as a Senior (albeit a “Young Senior”)

    The seeds began play today at the 40 Hard Courts and there was some good tennis! I won my match (the woman I played was recovering from abdominal surgery though…) 60 60 and play the #2 seed and defending champion Dina McBride tomorrow. I have my “performance goals” set anyway. Una and I lost our doubles to a decent team but hope to get them back in the back if we get that far. It was a pretty fun match other than that we lost and that the sun was brutal from one side, I was guessing where the ball was located on some rallies. As you may infer from this, it was super sunny and really beautiful and in the upper 60s here today…with negligible wind.

    I watched a bit of Amy Frazier’s match today. She is a former tour player and in fact sent Steffi Graf into retirement, beating Graf in her last professional match. She peaked at #13 in the world. She’s also quite tall, taller than I remembered, about 5’10” I think. She played a LJBTC member and won 61 60. All the seeds in the 40s advanced in women’s singles and doubles.

     

     

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    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j44tVM7CnQE&feature=youtu.be

    However, on the men’s side, the #2 seed, Josh Oswald, who was the #1 player on the Tony Trabert Cup this year, fell to Lew Miller, a former member of several Italia Cup teams, 61 61 first round. Miller was super steady. A few lower seeds fell too, all to excellent wild cards. Several Brazilian players are here including Marcio Carlsson, a former Brazilian Davis Cup player whose best career win is Jim Courier. He topped out at 119 in the world in singles. His sole Grand Slam appearance came at the Australian Open. He did win his opening match and he’s the #4 seed. Tony Bujan is the top seed and defending champion.

    In men’s doubles, the eight seeds all advanced to the semis; top seeds USC coach Peter Smith and Neal Grover advanced without dropping a game.


  • Finals Set After Rainy Friday/Saturday in La Jolla: Hurlbut Wins 80 Indoors

    Tina Karwasky and Jan Kirkland-Cochran finished their rain delayed 60s semis about 6pm yesterday. It poured til mid-afternoon in the San Diego area but the staff at LJBTC had the courts dried before the 4om resumption time. Martha Downing (neck, knee) had to retire from 60 singles and doubles, so Una Davis and I advanced to the final 64 02 ret. inj.

    In the 50s, Judy Newman/Lisa Namu edged #2 seeded Erika Smith/Mary Dailey. Newman/Namu led 62 67 1/0 when play was suspended for the final time Friday and completed the upset 75 in the third. They play Hammagren/Lyons today.

     Meanwhile in Vancouver, WA, Neil Hurlbut won his second straight 80s singles title

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  • Fabulous Doubles Finals

    The 50 & 60 doubles finals both went down to the wire yesterday, and featured terrific aggressive play and solid defense. Tracey Worley-Hagen and Wendy Mahaney gave the defending champions, Susan Wright and Kathy May Fritz all they could handle, taking the first set 6-4 and they had a point to go up 5-4 in the third and serve out the set. Fritz/Wright won the tiebreak 7-5 and gutted out the third 6-4. Tracey played very consistently and Mahaney returned brilliantly all tournament long. There was a SRO crowd roaring after good points, great atmosphere!

    The 60s final, played on the intimate court 2, also had a good crowd. Dee Williams-Horne and Ann Stanley took on the top seeds, Molly Hahn/Sue Bramlette. Sue dipped the ball, Molly hit great backhand volleys, and Dee was imposing at net. In the end, Dee’s aggressive play and Ann’s solid play won the match in three hard fought sets.

    Angie Ray and Joyce Jones won the 80 doubles over Louise Russ and Jane Lutz. Lutz won the singles over Nancy Stout 60 60.

    Consolation matches and the 70s singles and doubles finals are going on today, after a late start due to rain. I am on my way to a family event up in Lodi.