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- 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.
- 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).
Smashey, Parson Siegel, Chandler, Karwasky, Orth, Kyvallos & Lutz Win Clay Singles Titles in Houston
April 4, 2019
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
The 49th National Women’s Clay Court Championships took place at the Houston Racquet Club last week. This is the best women’s senior tournament and this year, was not only a USTA National (gold ball) Championship, but a Grade A ITF Championship which added to the character and prestige of the tournament.
Tournament directors Sue Bramlette and Cathy Lassiter along with Harriet the referee and Judy Job did their usual stellar job running the event.
Kaysie Smashey won the 35 singles and doubles (with Julie Thu), avenging her loss earlier in March to Heather Nobler when she beat her in three sets in the final.
Amanda Parson Siegel took out Patricia Zerdan in the semis in a grueling 75 76 encounter before she beat #2 seed Julie Cass 62 60 to win the 45s title. Zerdan took out top-seeded Nancy Hilliard in the quarters. Jenny Klitch edged Zerdan for bronze.
Cass and Tracie Currie, top seeded, won the 45 doubles with a straight set win over Tammy Morris/Jill Toney, the 2nd seeds.
Fran Chandler won the 55 singles and did it the hard way, beating #2 seed Shelly Works in three sets before taking out top seed and defending champion Vicki Buholz in the final in straights. Works took the bronze. Buholz/Gayle Prejean won the doubles with an emphatic win over top seeded and defending champions Mary Dailey/Erika Smith.
Tina Karwasky won the 65 singles for the third straight year, taking out Wendy McColskey, also for the third straight year in Houston. Lil Peltz-Petow took bronze. The 65 doubles winners were more of a surprise, with long time senior players, Kandy Chain and Andrea Barnes taking the gold. They beat the top seeds, Karwasky/Jan Kirkland Cochran in three sets in the semis before beating unseeded Becky Timmis/Sue Sprague in straight sets for the gold. Karwasky/Kirkland/Cochran took the bronze.
Heide Orth from Germany beat South Africa’s Petro Kruger to win the 75 doubles, then teamed with Kruger to beat Cathie Anderson/Carolann Castell in the doubles final. Anderson took bronze in singles; Ann Hunt/Sheila Weinstock won the doubles bronze.
Lucille Kyvallos’ hard work paid off when she won the 85 singles; Mary John Lynch was the finalist. Lynch/Rose Austin won the doubles in a round robin; Margaret Canby/Angie Ray took silver.
Jane Lutz won the 90 singles over the ever ebullient Rita Price and doubles with Price.
There were four singles finals on Saturday (Roz King claimed the 80s title on Friday). One match stood out though, which was the nearly two and a half hour battle between Susan Wright the #2 seed, and top seeded Diane Barker. It was a reprisal of the final of the world championships last year, and was another tight battle. Diane won the first set 64 but not before Susan rallied from 35 15-40. The second set went on serve (unusual in general in women’s tennis, let alone in the 60+ division) for the entire set with very few break points, though Susan did have a break point with Diane serving at 5-6, so also a set point. Diane played a brave point and eventually forced a tiebreak which she won 7-3, and with it another gold ball and national clay title.
The 40s final was between Jenny Klitch and Lizl Kotz. Klitch had too much variety for Kotz, winning 61 61. The 50s final between Shelly Works and Andrea Rice was won 60 61 by Rice who played brilliantly. the 70s final was also one sided with Molly Hahn putting on a great display, slicing deep and attacking throughout to win 61 61 in her first national 70s final.
There was no 40s doubles. The 50s doubles title was won by Klitch/Vesna McKenna 61 46 retired over Mary Dailey/Rice. (Rice had to catch a plane….matches started late on Saturday.)The 60s doubles was finished yesterday, won by Nichols/Wright. The 4th seeds, Kathy Bennett/Liane Bryson beat Hubbard/Watanabe to take the 70s 60 61. And the 80s finished yesterday, won by DeVries/King.
There were also a lot of bronze ball matches. In 50 singles, Alicia Rowley edged McKenna 63 76. Rowley/Works won the doubles bronze too with a straight set win over Kruger/Waterlek. The 60s 3/4 playoff was won by Bunny Allare in three sets over Frances O’Sullivan. Jones/Neuthaler won the doubles bronze yesterday. Betty Wachob took bronze in 70 singles with a 63 60 win over Lesley Pixley and she took the 70 doubles bronze too with Carter over Carol Clay/Ellen Goodman in 3 sets. This match pretty much was the last of the tournament…it was nearly 3 hours long and ended around dinner time Saturday.
The other interesting result was that between Toni Novack and Ellen Goodman who were playing for 5th in the 70s. Novack led 60 50 40-0, and made a wrong move, tried to stretch it out…and couldn’t so had to retire, leaving Goodman with the win. Never give up!
Roz King is peaking at age 80. The San Diegan easily beat a former nemesis, and good friend, Dori DeVries to win the 80 national clay courts and then teamed up with DeVries to beat the #2 seeds, Dorothy Wasser/Inge Weber in the doubles final. DeVries said she had no answers today, that King is moving great and just playing really well. Weber took the bronze in 80 singles while Carol Wood/Burnett Herrick won the doubles bronze.
In the 70s, Brenda Carter had to go to a tiebreak for the second straight day, this time in the first set, against Leslie Pixley. She won the match 76 64 to advance to the final, where she’ll meet the “new kid on the block”, Molly Hahn. Hahn ousted Betty Wachob in the semis. In doubles, Hubbard/Watanabe continued their fine play, beating Carol Clay/Ellen Goodman in straight sets to advance to the final. There they will face Californians Kathy Bennett/Liane Bryson, who took out top seeded Carter/Wachob in the other semi.
Susan Wright and I played very well to beat Pat Purcell/Bunny Allare 75 60. We didn’t drop serve the entire match (probably a first for me on clay…well on any surface!). The first set was very tight, with several deuce games…we won the set when I poached on set point (not our first one) after Susan hit a nice set up shot. We won the big points in the second set, as Bunny and Pat had game points in at least three of the games we won. Abbi Neuthaler/Kim Jones won the bronze with a tough 3-set win over Sherri Bronson (who was playing her third match in 6 hours!) and Kathy Foulk.
In the 50s, Shelly Works worked hard (and hit many many high moon balls) to oust top-seeded Alicia Rowley 63 57 63. The moon balls got under Alicia’s skin…I saw her break her racquet after losing one point, but the two had a nice handshake and hug at the net after the match. Andrea Rice beat Vesna McKenna 64 64 in a well played match to advance to the final against Shelly. In doubles, Rice/Mary Dailey will take on McKenna/Jenny Klitch.
The 40s final will be Klitch vs Lizl Kotz.
And finally, thanks to the tournament volunteers!
On a breezy warm (but not oppressively hot) day in Naples, nearly all the seeds were in action, second round (round of 16 or quarters) matches were played and no one ended up at the hospital…all in all business as usual. (FYI, Carol Gay was recovered enough to visit the tournament site, though said she felt woozy still. She also said the ride to the hospital…strapped to a gurney and cramping…was something special, and not in a good way. But she will be ok in a few days she thinks.)
Barbara Hubbard/Janet Watanabe (Jolene’s mom) upset Molly Hahn and Sue Kimball 76 (5) 63 today in the women’s 70s. It wasn’t Sue’s best day…she also dropped her singles match to Ellen Goodman 61 63 and in all fairness (though she didn’t complain about it), she was suffering from a calf strain. The better women on the day won. Mary Alice Pisani, who upset Carol Gay yesterday, continued her fine play into the quarters where she’ll face Betty Wachob. The other seeds advanced to the quarters including Toni Novack (below).
In the 60s, Betsy Savitt edged #5 seeded Mary Morgan 64 76. Sally Smith played a great match to upset #6 seeded Sherri Bronson 60 63. The other seeds advanced.
Dorothy Wasser showed she is more than a doubles specialist, taking the middle set off of #2 seeded Dori DeVries before fading in the third. King, Weber and Herrick, the last 3 world champions, all advanced as well to the semis.
In the 50s, the three seeds in action, McKenna, Rice and Works, advanced without incident.
In 50 doubles, McKenna/Klitch advanced to the semis while a round of 16 match has yet to be played.
All four seeds advanced to the semis in the 60s doubles, though there were some tight first sets in a couple matches…Mosely/Smith stuck with #3 seeds Jones/Neuthaler for a set, before succumbing 76 62. Peltz-Petow/Savitt likewise were neck in neck with Purcell/Allare before falling 75 60. Susan and I beat Lesley Pixley/Lee Roisman.
In the 80s, top seeded Herrick/Wood edged Kathie Meyering/Jeanette Tubbs 46 75 62. They face either DeVries/King in the semis. Wasser/Weber, the #2 seeds, advanced to the semis.26.139184-81.795813
Today, Saturday, Susan Wright and I played for the gold balls in Seattle against Andrea Barnes and Leslie Murveit and won 63 63 in a very fun match with lots of good points. Earlier in the day Leslie made sure neither she nor Andrea would be worn out for their doubles final by playing a very good and not overly long match against Andrea and winning it and the bronze ball.
The match of the day however was the battle between Susan, seeded #2 and Diane Barker, seeded #1. Diane had won all but one previous encounter, but it had been 10 years since the two had played on an indoor court, which is Susan’s favorite surface. Susan played a flawless first set, and Diane misfired on more backhands than usual..Susan won the set 62. Diane was more consistent and forced Susan into hitting short more in the second set and took it 62, and looked ready to run away with the match in the third when she led 3-1 and Susan momentarily looked resigned to a loss. But Susan’s backhand regained its depth and she reeled off the next 4 games before finally finishing off the set and the match 64. The third set was very high quality from both players and the first two weren’t too shabby.
France O’Sullivan/Mary Morgan took the third in the doubles with a three set win.
Susan went for a third gold ball in mixed but had to settle for a silver. Jennifer Shorr/Kurt Chan were just too powerful for Susan and Ross, serving big, volleying well and returning well to regain their mixed title first won last year. Shannon Gordon-Carney/Rollin Rhone beat Jack and Diane Barker to take bronze. Rollin was happy earlier today to receive a care package from Adidas. Rollin had his bag and racquets stolen earlier in the week downtown and bought shoes from Big 5 for the tournament…they were nearly bald by today.
On the men’s side, Mark Vines was close to going down 3-0 and 4-1 against Ross Persons, but changed up his patterns enough to eke out the first set 76 and then cruised to a 61 second set win. He faces Tony Crabel in the final.
Wes Cash/Vines won the men’s doubles with a victory over Doug Ditmer/Fred Robinson.
The men’s singles final is tomorrow. The winner takes home $2000 courtesy of Crabel Capital which sponsors the men’s 60 division at all four 60s nationals. Vines plays Crabel in the final.
Photos are here: https://goo.gl/photos/xN8UASoymWb3FtVn6
Karwasky, Herreman Bagby, Gay, & Langer Win Bronze Singles Balls at the National Hard Courts; Davis/Clery-Ferrell Take Doubles Bronze
The bronze ball matches (the 3/4 playoffs) were held on a beautiful sunny day Saturday at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, along with feed-in consolation matches and a very strong local men’s tournament.
Sherri Bronson started strongly against Karwasky, winning the first two games and having a point for 3-0. Tina’s coffee apparently kicked in then, and she went on to win 62 61. Sherri said Tina hit hard and played great to win the 60s bronze ball in singles. In 60 doubles, Colleen Clery Ferrell won her first ever USTA ball with Una Davis over last year’s finalists Andrea Barnes/Leslie Murveit 63 64. Una commented that she was so nervous because Colleen had never won a ball and she wanted to win one for her partner. The second set was tight too…Una and Colleen led 3-0 before Andrea and Leslie rebounded to level the set. They had an ad to go up 4/3 but Una/Colleen stopped the run and served it out 5/4.
Shelly Works and Natalie Herreman Bagby played for the bronze in the 50s, and Natalie won a well played match 64 64. You won’t find any better sportsmanship than that displayed during their match and the tennis was good too.
Carol Gay upset Cathie Anderson 63 62 to take the 70s singles bronze in an all San Diego county match. Carol Clay commented that it was a well played match by both.
Kathy Langer added a singles bronze to her doubles silver, ending the tournament on a high note. She beat 2015 world 80s champion Burnett Herrick 63 62.
The 90s finished with Rita Price dominating the division…as she would tell you, she can run (and dance…and sing). Betty Cookson/Rita won the 90 doubles too.
Yesterday I also watched quite a bit of a good 50s consolation match. Andrea Rice/Sheila Walker played Judy Newman/Lucia Romanov. The teams split the first two sets, and played a match tiebreak for the third, won 10-8 by Newman/r\Romanov, who were then to play Erika Smith/Mary Dailey. However Newman had a flight to catch and so Dailey/Smith took fifth by default.
Andrea Rice, who gave Ros Nideffer her only tight match in the tounament (she lost 62 64, earning more games than the rest of Ros’ opponents combined) won the back draw over Vicky Cosio in the 50s.
Colleen Ferrell took fifth in the 60 singles with a 76 61 win over Debbie Burgess.
Mary Alice Pisani placed 5th in the 70s with a default win over Carmen Almodovar.
Lyn Tietz won the 80 consolation over Ingrid Rehwinkel 62 62.
Placing fifth in doubles in the other divisions were Sherri Bronson/julie David (60); Carolann Castell/Peggy Andry (70) and Sheila Palmer/Mary John Lynch (80).
Friday these seats were all filled to capacity with other spectators standing…today they are empty and the club is getting back to normal.
Thanks Bill Kellogg, Pierrette Featherby, the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club members and staff, the volunteers and everyone who made this tournament a great event. See you next year!
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.
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.
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.
Ros Nideffer beat Natalie Hereman Bagby in three sets today to win the 50 Hard Courts. Ros dropped the first set, and went up a break in the second before Natalie broke back to level the set at 4-4. That was her last hurrah though…she was to win only one more game in the 36 64 61 match. It was Ros’ 3rd straight title in 50 singles in La Jolla and fourth overall. Judy Newman beat Anna Zimmermann for the bronze.
Tina Karwasky played a very good match and beat me 63 64. The hard courts suit her game and movement much better than clay does. I was disappointed not to play better though Tina had a lot to do with that. Back to the practice court which is why this game is so intriguing…at any age improvement vis a vis one’s peers is possible. Leslie Airola Murveit took the bronze with a 62 63 win over Sherri Bronson.
Brenda Carter continued her domination in the 70s. She’s yet to lose a set in singles. She beat up on her doubles partner, Betty Wachob, winning 60 61. Betty did a great job to get there, winning back to back 3-setters. Cathie Anderson took bronze over Charleen Hillebrand.
Carter/Wachob also won the doubles, beating Anderson/Carolann Castell 62 64.
The consolation and the men’s matches continue tomorrow at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. But for me, the tournament is finished, time for a few days off before getting back on the practice court.32.853365-117.258107