Thursday May 3rd update

It’s been a busy week here…
Americans were pretty successful here considering it’s red clay. In the women’s 40s, Rhona Kaczmarczyk won some matches before bowing out on Tuesday.
In the women’s 45s, Mariana Hollman fell to the third seed 64 64 on Tuesday, and on Monday won a marathon three set match against an Italian player. Myke Bodisch reached the quarters and pushed the 2nd seed to the limit before falling 64 in the third.
In the women’s 50s, it was an all American semifinal, with Diane Fishburne coasting efficiently to the final. Susan Wright just eked by Robin Harris 75 in the third, rallying from a 4-5, 0-40 deficit in the third and holding off 4 match points total to reach the Saturday final. Harris/Carolyn Nichols reached the doubles final by default when one of their opponents had a plane to catch.
In the women’s 55s, Ching Ling Chang reached the semis, losing to Marjorie Love of Gr Britain. Toni Novack fell in the round of 16.
In the men’s 35s, Kline Sacks won several matches, as did Curtis Dunn in the 40s. In the men’s 45s, Val Wilder and John Chatlak are in the semis, as are Ross Persons and Danny Waldman in the men’s 50s. The men’s 55s, Larry Turville is in the semis.
In doubles, Robin Harris/Carolyn Nichols are in the 50 women’s final; It’s an all-American final in the men’s 55s, with Neal Newman/Larry Turville facing Phil Landauer/Tom Smith.
Mary Dailey is in two doubles finals, the 45s with Diane Fishburne and the 35s with a top French player.
In men’s 45s, it’s also an all American final, with Chatlak/Egan Adams facing Wilder/Mike Fedderly.
Ross Persons/Tom Smith are in the 50 men’s doubles semis.
The weather all week has been great. There should be some great tennis tomorrow, then Saturday I’m heading out to Istanbul and back to the USA Sunday.

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