It was another perfect day for tennis in Manavgat and the American teams were also perfect in their results.
The women’s 60s had the day off since they were in a 3 team round robin, but they were out early practicing.
The women’s 70s played the Netherlands. Burnette Herrick got the team started with a straight set win at #2 singles. Dori deVries scored an emphatic win over Anneke Balics, who, though playing for the Dutch team, lives in Davis, California…in fact Anneke and Dori are both from the NorCal USTA section. Belmar Gunderson and Mary Boswel, the defending world champions, won the doubles point.
The women’s 75s played a tough Argentinian team and won both singles matches decisively. Suzanne Ryerson won quickly at #2 singles. Louise Russ played a flawless first set (must have been that warm up I gave her?) and hung tough in the 2nd set, which she won 63. This team played the Canadians tough yesterday, going 3 sets and 3 hours in both singles matches, but were outmatched today. Elaine Mason and Jane Lutz played doubles. The team has the day off tomorrow, then plays the #1 team from the other group, probably Great Britain, in the semis on Friday.
The women’s 65s, over at Belek, is seeded #1. They beat Australia 3-0 today. Suella Steel played #2 singles and beat Roberta Edwards 60 60. Charleen Hillbrand took out Diana Buchanan 60 62. Grace Woo and Susanne Clark won the doubles over Nola Collins/Jill Taylor 63 57 62. They are in a 5 team round robin with Norway, Netherlands, Great Britain and of course, Australia. They beat Norway 30 yesterday.
The men’s 60s beat the Czech Republic 3-0. Hugh Thompson posted a decisive victory at #2 singles. Michael Beautyman ground out a win at #1 singles over a tough opponent. Charlie Hoeveler/Dick Johnson blanked their doubles opposition…missing a total of 1 return (excuse…it hit the line) during the match.
The men’s 70s beat Spain 30. Herm Ahlers played the longest match of the day, rallying from 15 down in the first set to force a tiebreaker, which he won. He then won teh 2nd set 75. Gordon Davis posted an efficient win at #1 singles. Duesler/Nelson took the doubles point.
The men’s 80s expected a tough match against Sweden and got it…by their standards. Both Tony Franco and Graydon Nichols posted 62 62 wins at #2 and #1 singles respectively. Bob Meyerdierks and Newt Meade played the doubles. Before they went on court Franco reminded them that they needed to win the doubles point in case their round robin ended in a tie. Bob and Newt promptly fell behind 53 before remembering that they had to win, after which the won 4 games in a row and ended up winning in straight sets.
The men’s 65s, Britannia Cup, is seeded 3rd behind #1 and defending champions, Austria, and #2 Germany. They won their 3 team round robin and are draw in the same side of the knockout portion of the draw as Austria. They have beaten Spain and Great Britain, both by 3-0 scores. Today they played Spain. Allan Carter won at #2 singles; Joe Bachman took the #1 point and Ivo Barbic/Del Cambell won the doubles.
The men’s 75s, Bitsy Grant Cup, is seeded
2nd. They are in a 5 team round robin with So Africa, Australia, Germany and France. They have beaten So Africa and Germany 3-0 and play Australia tomorrow. They beat So Africa today. Joe Russell won at #2 singles, followed by Chuck DeVoe at #1 singles. George McCabe/Russell won the doubles point.
Preview for Thursday:
65 Women: They play tomorrow against the Netherlands
65 Men: The play tomorrow against the 6th seeds, Australia
75 Men: They play tomorrow against Australia
All women’s teams have a bye tomorrow: 60, 70 and 75
Men’s 80s play So Africa.
Men’s 60s and 70s have a bye.