USA lost to France in the Marble (women’s 60) cup. USA lost the deciding doubles 76 62. The first set could not have been closer, as the US led 5-3 and also had 2 break points at 5-5 (and easily held to force a tiebreaker). The French team was more confident in the 2nd set and outplayed the Americans. Judy Louie and Brenda Carter, who won the 60 clay courts about 10 days ago played the doubles and played well.
Tomorrow’s big matches include the Queens Cup which plays Argentina and need to win to advance to the semis and Argentina is tough; the Von Cramm against Netherlands and Charlie Hoeveler, the captain (he was sitting here outside the fitness center also hoping to get online, but having difficulty sending email tonight) said that the Netherlands was tough; and potentially the Gardnar Mulloy Cup team against Sweden, since Sweden upset the #4 seeds, Australia, yesterday. The Marble Cup team has the day off and the Gibson Cup team plays Netherlands (led by Anneke Balics, who lives in Davis, CA…she’ll probably play Dori deVries who is also from NorCal…very small world) and the Crawford Cup team plays Spain.
As an aside, the Crawford Cup (men’s 70) slam winning doubles team of Duesler and Nelson had what was by all accounts a highly entertaining doubles match (I was emailing during that match, which was not a deciding one) against Japan. The consensus was that the Japanese pair played a lot like Duesler and Nelson and at one point Jim Nelson said it was like they were reading his mind (this after the player volleyed back an overhead Jim hit, for a winner). Duesler and Nelson won in 3 sets though. It was also Cora Davis’ birthday (wife of Gordon Davis, who is playing #1 on the Crawford Cup team). Happy Birthday Cora!
For photos from yesterday see the photo album to the left.