USA Players Doing Well in San Diego!

Women’s 50s & 55s:

Tracy Houk ousted the #1 seed, Ingrid Gutmann-Resch in a very long match in the 50s, winning 67 64 62. Tracy was up 64 in the first set TB before losing it. The match had been on court over 3 hours when there was a rain delay, with Tracy up 3-0 in the third. Tracy wisely used the time eating and getting a massage/stretch. She returned to the court and finished out the set. She just out maneuvered and outlasted her Austrian opponent. Tracy has won world titles in the 35s and is trying to do it again in the 50s.

Judy Newman ousted Mariana Hollman 75 ret. inj (hamstring), but the one set was very long, to reach the quarters in her first ever world championships.

In the 55s, Diane Barker, Susan Wright, Sherri Bronson, Tina Karwasky and I all advanced. Diane plays Sherri in the semis; Susan takes on the #4 Brit,  Patricia Wire; I play Frances Candy, the #1 British player, and Tina takes on #2 seeded Patricia Medrado. Medrado took out Pat Purcell in the round of 16 1,2; Purcell said she came in on some very good shots only to see the ball go past her; Wright beat Mary Ginnard, and commented that Ginnard was a very smart player; and Wire beat Nancy Abler-Sanchez. I beat the #3 French player, Brigitte Cadoret, a very nice lady with a huge forehand and nice drop shot, 60 60.

In doubles, Robin and I were up 2/0 against Elena Polyakova/Rosemarie Davis when Robin hit a ball at Polyakova, she volleyed it but it jammed her, as she moved out of the way, she lost her balance, fell and hurt her left wrist and they had to retire. We play tomorrow afternoon, late against the winner of Jackie Heston/Dee Williams-Horne and Tina Karwasky/Mary Ginnard. I play Frances Candy from GBR in the morning, and hope for good weather!

Debbie Higa won her 40s singles match today to advance to the semis against the #2 seed, Isabelle Tyrell. The semis aren’t scheduled for tomorrow in the 40s. Jennifer Dawson also advanced in singles as did Ros Fairbanks Nideffer in the 50s. Bill Kellogg fell in singles but is still in the doubles in the 55s with John Holladay. Tracey Thompson is cruising, with Carolyn Lane of Arizona, so far in the 50 doubles.

Ruth Young and Sue Sprague upset the #2 seeds in the 55 doubles, Muriel Cherry and Sabine Schmitz 61 57 1/0 (match TB).

The seeding is interesting in the doubles, as it’s mainly done by singles rankings this year. Next year there will be an entire year of doubles data which will make the seedings more accurate.

All for now…there are lots more US players rolling in the men’s divisions, you can check them out at this link:



Nancy Abler Sanchez Newman, Judy (1) Robin Carolyn Ruth Young Susan Wright This was played immediately after a 4 hour match! Tracy Judy dbls (2)


From Fred Sidhu:


Eighth-seeded American Routs unseeded Katja Groeniger of Germany in Third Round of Women’s 45s

La Jolla, Calif. – (February 15, 2012) – There are times when you’re on the tennis court and everything feels just right and you can do little wrong.

It was one of those days for eighth-seeded Jennifer Dawson of Carlsbad, Calif. as she easily defeated Germany’s Katja Groeniger, 6-0, 6-1, in the third round to advance to the quarterfinals of Women’s 45 division of the 2012 International Tennis Federation Seniors Individual Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

On a mostly cloudy and blustery day with temperatures in the mid-50s, Dawson opened the match by holding serve and breaking Groeniger for a 2-0 lead.

Dawson, a former collegiate player at the University of San Diego, simply had too much depth and pace on her groundstrokes as she began to dominate the German and went on to build a 5-0 advantage. In the next game, Dawson easily held serve to close out the set, which took a little over 20 minutes.

Groeniger tried to rally with Dawson from the baseline, but was outmatched and when she tried to come to the net, Dawson responded with well-placed passing shots.

Dawson, who won the United States Tennis Association National 40s Hard Court Championships last December at the LJB&TC, committed very few errors and was solid from the baseline as she broke serve twice in the first three games of the second set and established a 3-0 lead.

Groeniger did manage to acquire a break point against Dawson’s serve in the next game and when Dawson’s shot sailed past the baseline, Groeniger raised her arms over her head to celebrate as she won her first game of the match.

The German served at 1-3 as she attempted to make a comeback, but on break point against her serve, Groeniger hit a drop shot that Dawson tracked down and returned for a winner to secure the game and take a 4-1 lead.

Dawson won the next game when she came in on a short ball on game point and hit a winner off her forehand approach to increase her lead to 5-1. Groeniger served to stay in the match, but as she faced her first match point, she double faulted to end the match in approximately 50 minutes.

After the match, Dawson said she worked on her game plan to adapt to the wind. “I was just trying to work the point and keeping a few more balls in play, especially when it’s windy like this,” she said. “You don’t want to go for too much and just try to find the court.”

Dawson, a tennis teaching professional at the nearby La Jolla Tennis Club, represented the U.S. in Young Cup (Women’s 40s) competition in last week’s ITF Seniors World Team Championships in San Diego. She helped lead her team to the finals, which fell to a strong French squad that featured former Women’s Tennis Association touring professional Sandrine Testud.

When Dawson was asked how she felt about the opportunity to play in such prestigious tennis events like the ITF Senior World Team and Individual Championships, she said, “It’s wonderful. It’s fantastic to be able to play people from all over the world. You play different people and different styles. It’s just a great experience and to have it in your backyard is just great. It’s been a wonderful event and it’s been a lot of fun.”

In other tournament action, fifth-seeded Jeff Greenwald, ninth-seeded Martin Barba and unseeded Douglas Failla of the United States all won their fourth-round matches in straight sets to advance to the singles quarterfinals of the Men’s 45 division at Morgan Run Club & Resort in Rancho Santa Fe.

Tournament admission to watch the matches is free and open to the public. On-site parking is available at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club for a nominal fee. There is no charge to park at other tournament venues.

For the most current draws and results for the 2012 ITF Seniors World Individual Championships, go

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