USA Women’s 45 Takes Bronze in Umag; Men’s 45s Take 4th (Copper)

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The USA Women’s 45 team took bronze over Spain on Thursday. Sophie Woorons won the #2 singles 60 62; Debbie Spence Nasim fell l76 62 at #1 and Woorons/Spence Nasim won the doubles point decisively 61 61.

The USA Men’s 45 team lost to Netherlands 2/1 in the quarters on Thursday. Guillermo Cosson lost at #2 62 62; Chris Groer lost at #1 61 64; Netherlands defaulted the doubles.

The USA Men’s 45s team fell today in the 3/4 playoff to Germany, dropping both singles points. Cosson lost 2,2 and Groer fought hard but fell 61 76 (6); The doubles wasn’t played.

The Women’s 40s finished 8th, falling to Switzerland in the 7/8 playoff 2/0; Mary Beth Williams lost at #2 60 30 ret; Yulia Bolotova lost 61 63 at #1 and the doubles was not played. Williams, normally a doubles player, and playing down from the 50s, did a stellar job anchoring the #2 singles this week.

The Women’s 35s finished 6th, falling to Argentina 2/1 in the 5/6 playoff. Jennifer Sinclair lost 75 60 at #2; And a Perianu won 26 61 63 at #1 and Evgenia Docktor/Sinclair lost the deciding doubles point 62 62. Perianu was a rock star for this team all week.

The Men’s 40s finished 5th, beating Denmark 2/0 today. There must have been rain because the match was played using short sets and match tiebreakers. Ross Duncan won 42 42; Marvin Colley won a close one 41 14 10-12. The doubles point wasn’t played. Duncan was very successful at #2 singles all week and Colley gained valuable red clay experience this week.

The Italia Cup (M35) team finished 8th, losing a tight 7/8 playoff today. Ryan Sablan lost at #2 singles 4-1 5-4(2); Jonathas Sucupira won at #1 singles 41 41 and Darrin Cohen/Sablan lost the doubles point 5-3 5-4(5). So close!

So the final standings of the USA teams:

  • M35: 8th
  • M40: 5th
  • M45: 4th
  • W35: 6th
  • W40: 8th
  • W45: 3rd

It’s very tough to compete on the red clay (which is NOTHING like green clay in case you were wondering…much slower and the balls used are much heavier) against all the European (and a smattering of South American teams). They are used to the dirt (though transition well to green clay or hard courts) and have many more tournaments all summer long plus leagues that aren’t available to players in the USA. Congratulations to all the Young Seniors teams.