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  • USTA Level 1 Women’s Hard Courts: Day 1

    Tuesday May 11, 2021, San Diego, CA

    Click here to view draws.

    Today the Women’s 50-80 Hard Courts , the first seniors Level 1 of 2021 began on a cool day in La Jolla, CA. (The accompanying Men’s Level 5 began yesterday).

    No singles seeds played today in the 50/70/80 divisions but there were four seeds in action in the 60s. #5 seed Jennifer Shorr fought off a determined Ann Young (Pellow), winning a pair of tiebreaks to advance to the round of 16 where she faces Tina Karwasky, her doubles partner this week, for the 2nd time in a month.

    In 50 doubles, Amy Alcini/Christen Bartelt upset #5 seeded Shelly Works/Rainy Miller in a round robin match. #5 seeds Julie Silveira/Mary Beth Williams just got by Lisa Crisafulli/Brianna Sullivan 2-6 60 1/0 (12). [Match tiebreaks are being played in lieu of 3rd sets in doubles due to the number of matches in the round robins.] Jodi Rea/Christine Paulsen upset #5 seeded Lisa Taylor/Krista Oconnor. However the 1-4 seeds advanced without incident.

    In the 60s, Sue Pendo/Julie Juliani beat #5 Cindy Abel/Kim Dean in a match tiebreak. Kathy May made a sterling return to tournament play, combining with Carolyn Lane to oust Fiona Taylor/Sue Sprague with the loss of only a game.

    There were no upsets in the 70 doubles.

    And that’s a wrap for today. I play singles tomorrow morning…

    Always a pleasure to play at the LJTBC

  • National Women’s Hard Court Nationals, La Jolla: Day 1

    The USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Courts are underway at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. For the first time, this tournament’s matches played on Court 1 will be streamed LIVE by going to https://www.ipcamlive.com/ljbtc. You won’t be able to smell the sea air but you will be able to see some great senior women’s (and later in the week, men’s) tennis.

    There were 30 teams in the women’s 50 doubles, and that division featured the match of the day: Carolyn Lane, returning to national play after a long hiatus/Tina Karwasky (who has never had a hiatus since hitting her first ball!) against Karen Ann Broe/Rainy Miller, two strong local players. Lane, from Arizona, adapted quickly to the much heavier sea air, and imposed herself on the match at critical times in each set, never allowing Broe/Miller to stretch a lead. Karwasky drilled returns to set up Lane; Miller was a wall especially on her returns and Broe served and volleyed beautifully. In the end Lane/Karwasky’s greater experience ruled, and they won 75 46 64 in a highly entertaining match on Court 3.

    Una Davis/Prentiss Van Den Berg a 5-8 seed, were upset by San Diegans Shelley Goodson/Karyn McCartney in 50 doubles. Una was happy to have made it to the courts at all because she thought her first match wasn’t till Tuesday.

    All draws and results can be found here.

    Below are some photos of a first round 50s match featuring club member Lucia Romanov Stark. You can see the court one camera (white) above the LJBTC logo.

  • Klitch, Rice, Barker, Hahn Claim National Singles Titles Saturday in Naples

    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!

    Draws are here.

    Photos are here.

  • King Crowned 80s Champ; Nichols/Wright Win 60 Doubles in Naples

    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!

    Photos are here.

    Draws are here: http://m.tennislink.usta.com/tournamenthome?T=212073

  • Carter, O’Sullivan Win Marathon Matches in Naples

    Frances O’Sullivan upset #4 seeded Pat Purcell in a very very long match today at the National Clay Courts in Naples. This is not the first time the two have played a long three setter, as the two bring out the best in each other. After splitting sets, O’Sullivan forged a 4-1 lead before Purcell rallied and the set fittingly ended in a tiebreak, won by O’Sullivan 9-7 (I think that’s the correct score).

    Purcell though rallied to combine with Bunny Allare to play a beautiful doubles match against Sherri Bronson and Kathy Foulk. They are now in the final against Susan Wright and me. We bet Abbi Neuthaler/Kim Jones in our semi.

    Susan Wright plays O’Sullivan next and Diane Barker plays Allare. Barker and Allare will be rekindling a rivalry which began as juniors in Florida.

    Toni Novack had three match points today against Brenda Carter, one in the second set and two in the third, before Carter prevailed in a third set tiebreak. These courts are soft, even for clay and Toni has a wicket dropshot which repeatedly nestled into the court for a winner. Carter said she didn’t know how she won, she was just trying to hang in there! Lesley Pixley beat Carol Clay in the quarters, which on the face wasn’t an upset (though Clay hadn’t lost previously to Pixley). Clay said Pixley played a fabulous match. Betty Wachob and Molly Hahn complete the final four in the 70s.

    Toni Novack
    Brenda Carter

    There was a marathon doubles match as well, won by Carol Clay/Ellen Goodman 76 in the third (of course)…they rallied from 2-5 down in the third to beat unseeded Ann Loose and Andi Polisky.

    The seeding committee did a great job too in the 50s, as the top four seeds advanced to the semi i singles and doubles. Andrea Rice, Vesna McKenna, Shelly Works and Alicia Rowley are in the semis; Works plays Rowley and Rice faces McKenna. Dailey Rice, Kruger/Wauterlek, Rowley Works and Klitch McKenna are in the semis. None lost a set though Dailey/Rice had to go to a tiebreak to beat Dybendahl/Esswein.

    Lizl Kotz and Jenny Klitch are in the finals of the 40s. Kotz beat Renee Alexis and Klitch beat Tangerine Manning 62 61.

    Roz King and Dori DeVries are in the final of the 80s with straight set wins over Inge Weber and Burnett Herrick respectively. DeVries/King upset #1 seeded Carol Wood/Burnett Herrick in straight sets and play Wasser/Weber in the final.

    There was an NSWTA (National Senior Women’s Tennis Assn) social today and player dinner. Photos are in the album linked below.

    And an update on Carol Gay…she was looking much better at the player dinner.

    Carol Gay

    Photos are here.

    Draws are here: http://m.tennislink.usta.com/tournamenthome?T=212073


  • Southern, SoCal, Mid Atlantic and New England Win Gold at Women’s Intersectionals

    2017 Women’s Intersectional Team Medalists

    Women’s 35:

    1.  Winner- Southern
    2.  Finalist – Eastern
    3. 3rd Place – Florida


    Women’s 45

    1.  Winner- Mid-Atlantic
    2.  Finalist – Southern
    3.  3rd – Florida


    Women’s 55

    1. Winner – Southern
    2.  Finalist – Texas
    3. 3rd Place – Eastern

    Women’s 65

    1. Winner – New England
    2.  Finalist – Southern Cal
    3.  3rd Place – Southern

    Women’s 75

    1. Winner – Southern Cal
    2. Finalist – Florida
    3. 3rd Place – New England

    Women’s 80

    1.  Winner – Southern Cal
    2.  Finalist – Texas
    3. 3rd Place – Southern

    All results

  • Thu, Smashey Advance to 35s Singles Final Saturday in Houston

    Julie Thu and Kaysie Smashey took different routes to the 35s final, but both arrived there in straight sets. Thu blasted her way past Julie Lessiter 61 60, in a match that looked closer than that score. Thu, a Stanford star in the 90s, is a lefty who hits two-handed off both sides.ThoughThu said she much prefers hard courts, she looked pretty comfortable on the clay. Smashey edged her way past #2 seeded Nancy Hilliard, in a closely contested semi. Smashey had a 4/1 lead in the first set, at which time Hilliard served a 15 or so minute game and held, and broke…they stayed on serve but Smashey broke at 65 for the set and won the second 63. Smashey is aptly named…when I first came by the court, onlookers told me to look for her overhead smash, which they said was amazing. The final is a repeat of the 30 hard court final in March, which Thu won.

    Hilliard-003 IMG_0110 IMG_0121 Smashey, Kaysey-003 Smashey, Kaysey-004

    In doubles, Smashey/Thu and McCambell/Hilliard advanced to the final without drama.

    In other action, Susan Boyer will meet Sally Smith in the 55 consolation final. Boyer beat Buholz 62 61. Susan was just too consistent and crafty on the clay for Buholz. Smith edged Kathy Vick in a long match…one in which Vick actually won more games. 75 16 64. Smith said she was a bit more aggressive in the third set and quit thinking too much.

    Boyer-004 Buholz-001

    Sue Bramlette, the many hat wearer, survived a long match with Cindy Babb (and retrieved a lot of drop shots). She will face Carol Gay who had a walkover.

    Grace Woo beat Kathy Langer in the 75s Kathy said the balls got heavy in the 2nd set which favored her, but that Grace blasted her off the court in the third with new balls. Patti Boyer beat Dorcus Miller 61 64.

    In 45 doubles, Hartsock/Thomason will play Hess/Schaefer. Charlotte Hartsock won the backdraw yesterday.

    In 55 doubles, Smith/Warden were down 26 15 0-40 when their opponents retired (plane to catch tomorrow). They play Boyer/Erin Boynton tomorrow.

    In 65 doubles, Gay/Johnson will take on Pruitt/Simmons for 5th tomorrow.

    In 75 doubles, Langer/Tietz will play O’Sullivan/Oldfield.

    In 35 doubles, Loeffler/Phillips play Graham/Guszak.

    All results: http://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/tournament.aspx?t=171179

    Photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/111133686884013323699/HoustonNationalSeniorWomenSClayCourts2016

  • 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

    rollers at the ready in La Jolla to dry the courts

  • Julie Thu Wins 35s at the Clay Courts (Indoors!); Nancy Hilliard/Kaysie Smashey Win 35 Doubles

    The rain in Houston threatened all week…and finally made good on its promise, drenching Houston today and forcing the tournament indoors on the final day at the Galleria Tennis and Racquet Club…indoor hard courts that is.

    Julie Thu, seeded 3, beat unseeded Nancy Hilliard in a tight two-setter to win her second singles gold ball in the past month. (She won the 30 Hard Courts a week or so ago in Austin over her doubles partner, Meredith Walton). Thu/Walton then took on Hilliard/Smashey in the final which was won 2-2 retired when someone on the Thu/Walton team had to retire with an injury (I’ll update this when I find out who was hurt).

    The other match that was played was Tracey Thompson/Kathy Vick, the final of the 55 consolation. Vick earns the Houdini award of the week, she had so many escapes! She lost the first set as she did yesterday, rallied again to win the second but went down 52 in the third before rallying to tie the match, at which point Thompson had to leave to catch a plane…so Vick placed 5th in the singles in the 55s.

    Many thanks to Cathy Lassiter, Sue Bramlette, Judy Job, Harriett Hurlbut and the staff and volunteers which made this tournament so wonderful.

    Draws: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=155251#&&s=0

    starred photos 3-2-2015 11-49-22 AM

  • 2015 USTA Adult/Senior Seeding Assistants


    30s: Trish Riddell (trish10s@aol.com) & Mary Dailey (daileymd@gmail.com

    35s: Judy Louie (ad2louie@aol.com) & Carolyn Nichols (carolynanichols@gmail.com)

    40s: Ellen Goodman (mummsey@aol.com) & Gee Gee Garvin (speed3g@aol.com)

    45s: Gail Murayama (gailmvan@yahoo.com) & Roz King (rkng@cox.net)

    50s: Carolyn Nichols (carolynanichols@gmail.com

    55s: Eliz. Barnhill (elizabethbarnhill@charter.net) & Cindy Babb (cindy.babb@comcast.net)

    60s: Anne Schwartz (anneschwartz163@gmail.com)

    65s:  Andrea Barnes  (abarnes2@stanford.edu)

    70s: Carol Wood (c.wood@prodigy.net) and Gee Garvin (speed3g@aol.com)

    75s: Brenda Carter (cart2128@bellsouth.net) & Carol Clay (playclay10s@gmail.com)

    80s: Roz King (rking@cox.net)

    85s & 90s: Cathie Anderson (cathiesk9s@roadrunner.net)

    Overall Circuit Chair: Carol Clay (placlay10s@gmail.com)


    Note: Carol Clay will appoint a temporary seeded for anyone who is playing a tournament in the age division for which she is a seeding assistant.


    Division for seeding Name Email Address
    30 Steve Hayden shayden6@woh.rr.com
    35 Steve Cornell cornellofca@hotmail.com
    40 Chuck Gill  cgill@ibisgolf.com
    45 Arvind Aravindhan arvind@jkcp.com
    50 Mike Vandergrift vandeg_m@yahoo.com
    55 Matt Jacob matthew.a.jacob@hotmail.com
    60 Jim Nelson essenhaus@aol.com
    65 Bruce Levine tennis2tennis13@gmail.com
    70 Jerry Thomas Jthomas@kandsins.com
    75 Brett Haberstick  bch5657@gmail.com
    80 Wesley Jackson wgsj35@msn.com
    85-90 Allen Dunbar allendunbar@comcast.net
    Larry Turville lturville@msn.com


  • Martha Downing Wins 65 Singles (and Doubles); Walton & Zerdan Reach the 35s Final

    Martha Downing edged Brenda Carter today 76 46 76, dominating only the tiebreakers in this outstanding final (according to Barbara Hubbard and Janet Watanabe…I wasn’t there). Carol Clay turned the tables on Molly Hahn, who had beaten her twice last year, winning in three sets to take the bronze.

    In the 35s which only began on Thursday, Patricia Zerdan edged Julie Scott Thu in three sets to reach the final. There she’ll play unseeded Meredith Walton who upset #1 seeded Simona Bruetting in three sets. The doubles final though pits the top 2 seeds against each other, Bruetting/Gee Gee Garvin will play Thu/Walton for the gold there.

    The 85s was won by Jane Lutz/Rita Price over Russ/Wiedenmann.

    There was also lots of consolation play going on in all age divisions. in the 55s, Erin Boynton will play Ann Pellow for 5th; in the 45s Andrea Rice won in two tight sets over Anna Zimmermann to place 5th; in the 65s Anne Guerrant beat Betty Wachob in the quarterfinal playoff; in the 75s, Nanda Fisher will face Burnett Herrick for the 2nd time this week for 5th place (Herrick won the first time they played this week) and Carol Cofer won the 85s consolation. Fanny Gamble will play Kristine Diehl in the 35s consolation final.

    While all this tennis was going on, we (Susan Wright and Abbi & Paul Neuthaler) went to NASA to the Space Center (photos to follow)…really impressive.

  • Houston Thursday: Hubbard/Watanabe Reach First Final

    Today was a tough one on the singles court. I played Diane Barker, who, in her third year in the 55s had yet to lose a match in this division in singles. That remains the status quo after I played her today…I won the first game and she won the next 12, hitting deep, deeper deepest then, if I got another ball back, a nice angle volley. She didn’t make many errors, moved extremely well and hit deep and accurately…so I play Kim Zebot for the bronze tomorrow after Susan Wright beat her 62 62. She’s a very nice player and it will be a tough match.

    In doubles Susan and I beat Rita Rector/Julie David 62 60. The biggest drama was a rain delay when we were up 41, but it wasn’t a long one. We play #4 seeded Erin Boynton/Abbi Neuthaler who won in three sets over tournament director Sue Bramlette and Leslie Murveit.

    There were tons of good matches today in all divisions.

    In the 35s, Meredith Walton ousted #3 seeded Gee Gee Garvin 75 in the third, rallying from 0-4 down in the final set. Yulia Bolotova and #4 seeded Julie Scott Thu played next to me and were hitting the ball very very hard. Bolotova though made more errors than the former Stanford star and Julie won 63 63. In doubles, the #4 seeds, Erika Smith/Mary Dailey, fell to Cynthia Rice/Kristen Samuelson in three sets.

    In the 45s, while Jolene Watanabe played flawlessly to beat Shelly Works 61 60, Julie Cass, seeded 4, rallied from 15 down in the third set to beat Jenny Klitch. Cass/Vesna McKenna, the #2 seeds beat Klitch/Anna Zimmermann in one semi, while Smith/Alissa Finerman took out Dailey/Andrea Rice in three sets.

    In the 65s, Carol Clay beat Anne Guerrant in straight sets in the only  upset; she plays top seeded Brenda Carter in the semis while Molly Hahn (who rallied from a set down to beat Betty Wachob) plays Martha Downing. In doubles, the big upset was Barbara Hubbard/Janet Watanabe’s three set win over Wachob/Carter to reach their first final as a team. For Hubbard, it’s her first USTA final. They play Martha Downing/Kathy Bennett who bageled Clay/Ellen Goodman.

    In the 75s, after all the upsets this week, the top 2 seeds, Dori deVries and Roz King reached the final. deVries edged Lyn Little in three sets and King won a close 2-setter over Ria Graham. In doubles deVries/King edged Herrick/Wasser in three sets while Little/Dorothy Matthiessen beat Carol Wood/Graham 60 75.

  • Successful Quarterfinal Day in Houston, Semis Tomorrow

    Today, Wednesday was super busy at the Houston Racquet Club. Matches began at 8am and it was barely light then. Susan Wright and I got to the club at 7:30 for warm up and the lights were still on while we warmed up. It was overcast and muggy and breezy but not raining…a normal Houston day I suppose.

    I played Leslie Murveit from Portola Valley, CA. We’ve played a number of times and always have tough battles. Today wasn’t different. I won 61 61 but the match lasted over 90 minutes and the latter part of the second set we really battled, long long points, mostly won eventually on a winner or forced error.

    Susan won 63 64 against Ann Pellow, another NorCal player, from Davis, near Sacramento and new to the 55s. The other successful 55 quarterfinalists were Kim Zebot of SoCal who beat Alcira Sisca  (the vanquisher of #4 seeded Erin Boynton) 75 63 and of course Diane Barker who beat Sally Smith 61 61. I play Diane tomorrow at 10:30.

    In doubles, Susan and I played two San Diego players, Sue Sprague and Lyn Ellis. The wind was really tricky and swirly but we won 60 63 to advance to the semis against Rita Rector and Julie David.

    In other action, the top 4 seeds advanced comfortably to the semis in the 45s. Of note was Jenny Klitch’s 63 62 win over Andrea Rice. The top 4 seeds in doubles advanced, though both Erika Smith/Alissa Finerman and Vesna McKenna/Julie Cass, the #1 and #2 seeds respectively, needed 3 sets to win, both against tough Houston teams.

    In the 65s, the top 8 seeds advanced to the quarters, all in straight sets (great job seeding Joan!). There was one doubles upset: Carol Clay/Ellen Goodman ousted Vicky McEvoy/Molly Hahn, with the Floridians handling the windy conditions very well. They were so happy they were going home to wash their new “lucky” outfits so they could wear them again tomorrow.

    In the 75s, Ria Graham scored her second straight upset, beating Kathy Langer in three sets, to advance to the semis. Lyn Little, Roz King and Dori deVries also advanced, though Dori had to play three tough sets to overcome Burnett Herrick. Herrick and Dorothy Wasser though easily took out Langer/Lyn Tietz to reach the semis along with deVries/King, Little/Dorothy Matthiessen and Graham/Carol Wood.

    The 85s seeds, Louise Russ and Jane Lutz reached the semis.


    Click here to see the draw.

  • Crawford Cup: Doubles Champions!

    Today was a nice day for tennis in Florida…a bit cloudy but warm (80s) and not too windy. We won the final over Mary Ginnard/Kathy Vick 64 62. Pam played GREAT and we played well together. We were down 43 and after that made very few errors. It was a fun match with good rallies.

    Inge Weber won the 75 singles over Lyn Tietz 63 63 to retain her title here.

    Susan Boyer won the 45s in three sets over Vesna McKenna 57 62 63.

    Mary Ginnard and Vesna McKenna were playing the doubles final against Tracy Viebrock/Heather Herman…it was Tracy’s third match of the day…when we left and Ginnard/McKenna were up a set and up in the second set.

    Betty Wachob won the 65s over Carol Clay in two hard-fought sets and Brenda Carter finished third.



  • Saturday Tennis at Crawford Cup: Semis and Finals

    On another warm (80s) sunny day in Fort Lauderdale, the semis of the 45s, 65s and 75s and finals of the 55s were played.

    I won the 55 singles final over Kathy Vick 61 62. I played well but Kathy was still suffering from the effects of the virus which sent her to urgent care a few days ago for antibiotics and IV infusions. She’s a tough lady and a tough competitor.

    Kathy and Mary Ginnard beat Tracy Viebrock and Abbi Neuthaler in three sets in the semis at 1pm. We were scheduled to play the 55 doubles final at 4pm, which was pushed back to 5 because the 45s semis was played before the 55s final and Mary was playing two divisions, 45 and 55 doubles. For some reason the 55 doubles semi wasn’t played yesterday as scheduled. We checked in, warmed up and then were told by one of our opponents that we were playing tomorrow morning! It would have been nice to have been told of the scheduling change earlier, but I am not sure that the TD knew of the change till informed of it by our opponent (not Kathy)! Scheduling has been a challenge this week with all the players participating in 2 divisions, but communication has been an issue as well.

    After all the confusion and schedule changes we are looking forward to the doubles match for sure.

    In the 65s, Betty Wachob upset her doubles partner, Brenda Carter, in straight sets and Carol Clay “treed”, “zoned”, etc (according to Carol and other onlookers). She beat Brenda Winstead and faces Betty in the final. Betty and Brenda won the doubles over Clay/Ellen Goodman.

    In the 75s, it will be a repeat of last year’s final with Lyn Tietz facing Inge Weber. Lyn played her doubles partner Libby Keenan in the singles semis, but Keenan retired at 1-1 in the first set. Weber beat Burnett Herrick in a tougher match. Lyn and Libby lost to Burnett and Dorothy Wasser in the final. Carol Wood and Ria Graham placed third.

    In the 45s, Susan Boyer and Vesna McKenna easily advanced to the final. The two are club members who practice with each other, so there are no secrets there, but it should be a good match with a contrast of styles.

    In the 85s, Jane Lutz added to her undefeated record in that division in singles and Louise Russ finished 2nd.




  • Top Seeds, Ahlers and Seymour, Take Different Paths to Gold

    Russell Seymour and Herm Ahlers each won his second singles gold ball of the year at the national hard courts, but where Seymour dominated his final round opponent, George McCabe, winning 62 62, Ahlers had a tough road to victory over a determined Lester Sack. Ahlers beat Sack handily at the Indoors in March, bit in the very slow hard courts at the Morgan Run Country Club, the match was a real battle, finally won 46 76 75 by Ahlers.

    In the 3/4 playoff in the 80s, George Claffey, who beat 3rd seeded John Bradshaw early on,won his third 3- setter of the tournament to take the bronze.

    Click here for results: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/tournamenthome/results.aspx?T=96330

  • Graydon Nichols Defends 85 Singles Title

    Graydon Nichols successfully defended his 85 singles title at the Morgan Run Country Club today. He beat Louis Stephenson in the final 61 63. He has won the singles title at Morgan Run 6 out of the past 8 years. Bob Seymour took the bronze.

    In the 80s, Russell Seymour and George McCabe will meet up in a rematch of the indoor final from last week. They already met today in doubles, with Seymour and Chang turning the tables in McCabe/Olson this week to take the gold. Both teams were unseeded.

    Lester Sack was impressive in dismissing Bob Duesler on the extremely slow courts at Morgan Run, 61 61. the points and games were long, the score was not indicative of the closeness of the match. Dueler combined later though with Jim Nelson and had better luck in doubles, ousting Dick Doss/John Powless. Sack will face Herm Ahlers, a 63 76 winner over Larry Sears, in the singles final. It will be a style contrast between the very tall Ahlers, who plays aggressively and Sack who is smaller and quick.