Sunday, May 17, 2015

Newman captures USTA Senior doubles title

   Judy Newman of Scotts Valley and Lisa Naumu of La Quinta won the 50-and-over doubles title in the USTA National Senior Women's Hard Court Championships.
   The third-seeded pair upended top-seeded Eleanor Hammargren and Jennifer Lyons of San Clemente 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-1 on Saturday in La Jolla.
   No. 1 seed Ros (Fairbank) Nideffer, 54, of San Diego won the singles title for the third time in four years. The two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist beat second-seeded Frances Chandler of Jackson, Tenn., 6-4, 6-0.
   Fortunately for Newman and the rest of the doubles field, Nideffer did not enter that event. Nideffer won two women's doubles titles in the French Open (1981 and 1983). 
   Top-seeded Tina Karwasky of Glendale captured her fourth straight 60-and-over singles title, outlasting second-seeded Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 in 3 hours, 12 minutes.
USTA NATIONAL SENIOR WOMEN'S HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
In La Jolla
(Divisions with remaining Northern California players only)
50-and-over singles
Third place
   Judy Newman (5), Scotts Valley, def. Tracy Houk (4), Montara, walkover. 
50-and-over doubles
Third place
   Mary Dailey, Delray Beach, Fla., and Erika Smith (2), Oakland, def. Mariana Hollman, Walkertown, N.C., and Tracy Worley Hagen (4), Tustin, 6-4, 6-2.
60-and-over singles
Third place
   Rita Giles (5), Falls Church, Va., def. Martha Downing (3), Shingle Springs, walkover.
90-and-over doubles
Round robin
   Catherine Hall, Newport Beach, and R. Elaine Mason, Fresno, def. Elizabeth Cookson, San Mateo, and Betty Eisenstein, Washington, D.C., 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-1.
   Final standings: 1. Hall and Mason, 2-0; 2. Cookson and Eisenstein, 1-1; 3. Jane Howard, San Diego, and Lucille Trefzger, Lake Oswego, Ore., 0-2.

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