La Jolla, Calif. – (May 9, 2016) – After a first-round bye, top-seed and defending two-time 50s champion, Ros Nideffer will play her opening round singles match of the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships on Tuesday at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
Nideffer, who is attempting to win her third straight 50s singles title and fourth overall, will face San Diego’s Nancy Abler-Sanchez at 11:30 a.m. (PDT). Abler-Sanchez, who is unseeded, defeated Jill Sickle of Chicago 6-3, 7-6 (2) in Monday’s first-round action.
The 55-year-old Nideffer, who lives in the San Diego community of Rancho Bernardo, is a former touring tennis professional. In 1990 she reached a career-high No. 15 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings. Nideffer is also a two-time Wimbledon singles quarterfinalist and a former French Open doubles champion.
In other first-round action on Monday, Brenda Carter of Charleston, S.C., the top-seed in the 70s singles division, cruised into the second round with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 victory over Emina Minka Kulenovic of La Jolla, Calif.
Carter, who turns 70 next month, has been playing tennis for over 50 years and has earned 48 gold USTA balls for winning national championships in various singles and doubles divisions.
Following her first-round victory, Carter was asked about how she felt coming into the tournament as the No. 1 seed and her chances of winning the tournament. “In our division, you feel very fortunate to be seeded No. 1 because we’re pretty deep. Anything can happen on any day. It puts some pressure on you, but having some pressure makes you a little bit more focused,” she said. “I take it one day at a time and I don’t look any further than that.”
After receiving first-round byes, the top seeds in the 60s singles division will play their second-round matches on Tuesday. Top-seed and defending champion Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., faces San Diego’s Sue Sprague and second-seeded Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., will play Ginny Beneke of San Diego. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. (PDT)
The women’s national championships include both singles and doubles in the 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over age groups. These events are national championships and have attracted the best players from all over the country in each age group, making this field of competitors the strongest in the country in each age division.
The start times for each day of the championships are as follows: Tuesday, May 10 through Friday, May 13 – 8 a.m.; Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 – 9 a.m. (All times are PDT).
Full draws for each division are available at:
The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 44th Annual Men’s Senior Championships are also taking place the same week in conjunction with the women’s events, and will include both singles and doubles for 60 and over, 65 and over, 70 and over, 75 and over and 80 and over age groups. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they will feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments. Total participation for both the men’s and women’s tournaments is expected to be 300-plus players.
Live audio play-by-play of tournament action on Saturday, May14 and Sunday, May 15 will be available on RadioTennis.com. Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide the web cast commentary.