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Florida's Betty Wachob Key in U.S. Silver Medal

December 1, 2008 07:21 PM

Playing against a very strong French team, the U.S. women lost in the finals, 3-0 to bring home the silver for the U.S. in the 2008 Alice Marble Cup competition.  The U.S. team had not lost a match during four rounds of play against some of the world’s best women’s 60’s teams for the International Tennis Federation’s Team Championship held at Club Ali-Bey Belek.

In the final, at No.2 singles, Betty Wachob of Panama City had her hands full against a former tour player, Gail Benedetti. Wachob fought hard, but succumbed 6-0, 6-3.  Whenever Wachob had game points, Benedetti seemed to come up with a big shot to erase them. In the No.1 singles match, teammate Brenda Carter also faced a former tour player, Nicole Hesse-Cazaux.  Carter played her heart out, but Hesse-Cazaux, the 2007 Individual World winner, prevailed 6-2, 6-2. The doubles team of Molly Hahn and Pat Keleman gave it their best against Galfard Kirsten and Sevestre GU.S.olfi, but the French came out on top 6-4, 6-1.

In the four previos U.S. rounds, the U.S. team beat Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and Sweden by the same score, 3-0.  Wachob cruised through these rounds, losing only 6 games in 8 sets.  In the semifinals against Germany, Wachob brought her best against Gudula Eiseman.  Her court strategy combined with impeccable net play paid off, resulting in a 7-5, 6-3 win.  Germany had won the year before, but returned without their top player.  In No.1 singles, Carter had a tough battle against Inge Kubina but her defensive play and a few good shots put her on top 6-4, 7-5.  The doubles team put the icing on the cake with a straight sets win.

The total team effort for the week rewarded them with the silver medal!  

 

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