USTA Women’s National Senior Champions Crowned at La Jolla Beach Tennis Club

National champions were crowned in five age divisions on the final weekend of the USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Championships played La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

In the Women’s 50 and over division, top-seed and defending champion Ros Nideffer of San Diego (Rancho Bernardo), captured her third National Senior Women’s Hard Court singles title in the last four years, as she defeated second-seeded Frances Chandler of Jackson, Tenn., 6-4, 6-0.

The 54-year-old Nideffer, a former touring tennis professional, won the first four games of the match. Jackson rallied to win the next three games in a row, but Nideffer held her next two service games to wrap up the first set.

Ross Finals
Ros Nideffer

Nideffer, a two-time Wimbledon singles quarterfinalist, dominated the second set, losing only five points in her three service games as she closed out the match in one-hour and 41 minutes.

“I felt really good at the beginning. I was hitting my shots and feeling confident.  I started to get a bit tentative and she started to play better as well,” Nideffer told tournament press aide Fred Sidhu. “I just had to keep telling myself to go for my shots.”

Top-seeded Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., won her fourth-straight Women’s 60 and over title after scoring a thrilling 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5, victory over second-seeded Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., in three-hours and 12 minutes.

Second-seeded Catherine Anderson of Del Mar, Calif., was attempting to win her fourth consecutive Women’s 70 and over singles championship at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, but she fell to top-seeded Betty Wachob of Panama City, Fla., 1-6, 6-4, 6-2, in the final.

Frances Chandler
Frances Chandler

Top-seeded Burnett Herrick of Tarboro, N.C., captured the Women’s 80s singles title with a hard-fought 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, win over second-seeded Dorothy Matthiessen of Pasadena, Calif.

Catherine Hall of Newport Beach, Calif., won all three of her singles matches in the Women’s 90 and over division, which featured a Round-Robin format.  Hall clinched the 90s title on Saturday when her opponent,  94-year-old Helene Salvetat of  Hossegor, France retired from the match due to illness, trailing Hall 3-0 in the first set.

For complete scores and results, as well as updated draws, please go to the following link:

Saturday’s Finals Results
Women’s 50 Singles Championship
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, def. Frances Chandler (2), Jackson, Tenn., 6-4, 6-0
3rd / 4th Place
Judy Newman (5), Scotts Valley, Calif., def. Tracy Houk (4), Montara, Calif., Walkover (injury)
Women’s 60 Singles Championship
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., def. Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5
3rd / 4th Place
Rita Giles (5), Falls Church, Va., def.  Martha Downing (3), Shingle Springs, Calif., Walkover (injury)
Women’s 70 Singles Championship
Betty Wachob (1), Panama City, Fla., def. Catherine Anderson (2), Del Mar, Calif., 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
3rd / 4th Place
Charleen Hillebrand (3), Harbor City, Calif., def. Peggy Andry (5), New Orleans, La., 6-1, 6-3
Women’s 80 Singles Championship
Burnett Herrick (1), Tarboro, N.C., def. Dorothy Matthiessen (2), Pasadena, Calif., 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
3rd / 4th Place
Judith Smith (4), Brookline, Mass., def. Mary Lynch (3), Rockport, Texas, 6-1, 6-1
Women’s 90 Singles
Round Robin
Catherine Hall, Newport Beach, Calif., def. Helene Salvetat, Hossegor, France, 3-0, Ret. (ill)
Sunday’s Consolation Results
Women’s 50 Singles Consolation Championship
Anna Zimmermann (5), Indianapolis, Ind., def. Eleanor Hammargren (5), San Clemente, Calif., Walkover, (injury)
Women’s 60 Singles Consolation Championship
Sherri Bronson (4), Scottsdale, Ariz., def. Leslie Airola Murveit (5), Portola Valley, Calif., 6-2, 6-1
Women’s 70 Singles Consolation Championship
Carolann Castell (5), Kirkland, Wash., def.  Ann Loose, Sandia Park, N.M, Walkover
Women’s 80 Singles Consolation Championship
Claire Zoeller, Santa Fe, N.M., def. Irene Bretzel, Fircrest, Wash., 6-4, 6-2


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