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Florida Blog -- Americans Win 10 Titles at the ITF Senior Individual World Chps., Mexico

April 11, 2010 10:18 AM
ITF Seniors World Individual Championships, April 4-11, 2010, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

by Carolyn Nichols -- April 10, Saturday

Americans Win Gold in Mexico Tennis

The American women continued their stellar play in the individual championships, winning the 40, 45, 50 & 55 singles and 35, 40 & 55 doubles. The men weren’t shabby either, taking the 40 & 55 singles and 50 doubles titles. USA women were also runners up in the 45 & 55 doubles, and the men in the 40, 50 & 55 doubles.

Today my Australian doubles partner, Lyn Mortimer and I won the 55 doubles over the all American pairing of Mary Ginnard, Fort Lauderdale and Tina Karwasky, California. We had a three-set match, 64 16 62. The turning point came at 1-1 when I was serving at 0-40 and we came back to win that game.  Lyn played great, very aggressively and I managed to keep the ball in play often enough for Lyn to have a chance to put it away.

Tina meanwhile won the 55 singles, her first singles world title. She hadn’t played the world championships in a long time because of work conflicts, but improved her play dramatically in each match, and made very few errors and served great in the final. Diane Fishburne of SC won the 50 singles in an upset win over defending champion Patricia Medrado. Medrado beat Diane last year in Spain in straight sets. Diane played smart, steady tennis to beat Medrado 76 61.

In the men’s divisions today, Danny Waldman,D.C, won the 55 singles over Andrew Rae of Australia 64 76…then went out with Florida’s Egan Adams and won the semis of the 50 doubles…then the final of the 50 doubles over USA players Ross Persons, Houston, TX and Mike Tammen, Portland, OR…in all he was on the court from about 9 to 5 with about 60 minutes rest total. He was the only US player to win two titles. Fred Robinson and Tom Smith reached the 55 doubles final today and lost to the Aussies.

In the younger divisions, over on the hard courts, Mario Tabares edged Germany’s Christopher Bloemeke 76 (8) in the third to win the 40 singles. Bloemeke had beaten USA’s Morgan Shepherd 76 in the third the day before.

The closing ceremonies were nice. The players’ names were announced and medals given out (bronze for semifinalists, silver and gold for the finalists and winners respectively; and the winners also received nice sombreros; and photos were taken in front of the players’ national flags.

Florida Players Results: Trish Riddell, Maitland; member of Suzanne Lenglen Cup team which finished 4th; Vesna McKenna, Hollywood: Won 40 doubles and member of winning Young Cup team; Mary Dailey, Delray Beach: Finalist, 45 doubles, Captain and member, Suzanne Lenglen Cup team; Carolyn Nichols, Fort Lauderdale: Won 55 doubles; captain & member of winning Connolly Cup team; bronze medalist, singles; Mary Ginnard, Fort Lauderdale, Finalist, 55 doubles; Kerry Young, Maitland, FL, member of winning Connolly Cup team; Egan Adams, Palmetto, Won 50 doubles; bronze medalist, 50 singles; member of winning Fred Perry Cup team; Joe Bouquin, Delray Beach, member of Austria Cup team which finished fourth

Tonight a group of us went into downtown San Luis Potosi to Plaza Carmen, where there is a large church…we ate at a restaurant overlooking the plaza. There was a light show on the church wall depicting biblical scenes; a rock concert was going on in the square, there were lots and lots of people everywhere.


Glroria, Egan Adams Carmen Plaza-2 Carmen Plaza Church Carolyn Church lights-1 Tom Smith, Fred Robinson-1 Carolyn Nichols Danny Waldman, Egan Adams Diane Fishburne IMG_0369 IMG_0435 IMG_0448 Mary, Tina Ross Persons, Mike Tammen-1 Sherri, sombrero Susan Wright, Diane Fishburne best Tina Karwasky-2

ITF Seniors World Individual Championships, April 4-11, 2010, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

by Carolyn Nichols -- April 9, Friday

Senior World Individual Championships, Friday, San Luis Potosi, Mexico: Fran Chandler, Julie Cass Win Singles titles!

The good news is that lots of Americans won world championships today in Mexico. Fran Chandler won her first singles world title, beating top seed and defending champion Klaartje Van Baarle, in a rematch of their first round meeting last year to take the title in the 45s. Their roads to the final were contrasting: Klaartje cruising and Fran playing back to back 3-setters, but in the final, that experience was valuable for Fran who, according to Mariana Hollman, made no errors (not that she ever makes many!) and outlasted Klaartje 61 in the third. Congratulations Fran!

Julie Cass not only won her first world singles title, cruising past Isabelle Tyrell of Great Britain in straight sets in the 40s,  but added the doubles title as well, combining with Vesna McKenna of Florida to beat fellow Americans, Michelle King and Erika Smith 62 61.

Mariana Hollman and Mary Beth Williams of the USA won the 35 doubles, played at 8:30 this morning (Mariana didn’t believe us yesterday when we told her that the final was scheduled for 8:30am today), beating two players from Luxemborg 64 64.

Chandler and Mary Dailey from Florida played the 45 doubles final and fell to Olga Shaposhnikova and Lesley O’Halloran in straight sets.

Morgan Shepherd, NorCal lost a tight 3-setter in the singles semis of the 40s to his doubles partner, Christopher Bloemeke (Germany) and they combined to reach the doubles final, falling there to Paul Kleverlaan and Chris O’Mara of Australia (those Aussies always seem to play good doubles). Mario Tabares from the USA is in the men’s 40 final, winning his semi in straight sets, as he has all of his matches this week.

On the clay at the Potosino Club, Diane Fishburne blasted her way past Betty Michel of France, giving up only 1 game. She faces top seed and defending champion Patricia Medrado in a rematch of the 2009 final.

Tina Karwasky, SoCal, has found her game on the clay and in the high altitude, though she did take one tumble today (her next sponsor might be Bandaid), but she played very well in beating Sherri Bronson 63 61. I lost a tough, 4 hour match to Frances Candy of Gr. Britain 76 in the third. The match started as a clay match and ended as a fast hard court match and Frances was more aggressive, and hit a lot of excellent volleys and forehands. It was her 3rd 3-setter of the week, and she played 3 3-setters last week…she’ll either be nicely warmed up tomorrow or exhausted. I’m really disappointed that I lost, I’ve never been to the final of a world championship and this was the best chance I’ve ever had…the last 6 times I reached a semifinal I was blasted off the court, winning only 1 or 2 games…but Frances was the better player today.

Tina and Mary Ginnard from Florida beat Candy and Pauline Fisher 63 60 to reach the doubles final. My partner from Australia, Lyn Mortimer and I played well to beat Ann Stanley/Bronson 62 60. We were lucky to finish the doubles…it was sprinkling and thundering throughout most of the match and raining pretty hard in the last game. The doubles final is scheduled for 1pm tomorrow…though the exact time will depend on how long the singles match goes.

Danny Waldman reached the 55 final against Andrew Rae from Australia. Rae beat Fred Robinson, USA in the semis 62 75. Danny had a 3 hour win today.

Waldman and Egan Adams, Florida, were in the midst of the doubles semis tonight when it rained and play was cancelled. They are up a set and 43 against the So Africans in the 50 doubles. The face Mike Tammen/Ross Persons, USA in the final of the 50s. Robinson/Tom Smith are in the semis and down a set but up 53 and serving in the 2nd set.

I didn’t have time to take photos today…too busy playing.

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