Wednesday in Mallorca

Today I had no match and it wasn’t very windy, and was warmer and a lovely day…but there was a lot of play going on.

Tracy Houk, my doubles partner, beat a British player who had beaten the #2 seed the day before. Tracy played great and went to net a lot and not just to pick up balls and shake hands. She was very effective up there especially in the first set and hit some killer overheads to. She won 63 76, but in the second set stayed back more. She was down 53 and a set point in the 2nd set before winning it 72 in the tiebreak.

In the 45s also, Fran Chandler lost to a 4 time world champion from Beligium, Klaartjte Van Baarle who also beat Gretchen Magers 2 years ago in the Cup competition. It was a bad draw for Fran but Fran said the match was fun, especially the 2nd set. Myke went down too, to a French player, Marie Calleja, and her victor plays Tracy next. Marianna had a long tough match, and I don’t know the outcome yet, but Diane Fishburne said her opponent was very good.

The 40s and 50s had the day off. In the 55s, Joanne Russell beat Carmen from Spain, a very good player, 75 62; Sherri Bronson won easily, Margie Cooper went down 2,0 to Australia’s Helen Worland; Sue Bramlette was the marathon player today, edged by So Africa’s Pumla Xotyeni 67 75 75. Pumla pummeled the ball off her serve and forehand. Sue led 41 in the third, but did not lose the match, Pumla won it with hard hit balls placed deep in the court. It was an exciting match. Sue told her husband Bob before the match that she hoped to extend the match to 90 minutes so it would count as her workout for the day…it ended up being more like 3.5 hours. Renata came by and marveled at how long the match was…she had gone to the beach, taken a nap, and wandered back out…and the match was still ongoing.

Among the guys, Phil Landauer and Tom Smith won singles and doubles in the 55s; Peter Markes won a tough 3 setter in the 50s; Ross Persons continued to roll, beating a giant (according to Sue Bramlette) in 50 singles; Mike Fedderly won his singles; Egan Adams from the US upset Val Wilder 63 63.

That’s all the info I have for now. Here’s a link to the draws.

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