La Jolla, Calif. – (May 11, 2016) – Top seed and two-time defending champion Ros Nideffer easily advanced to the 50s singles semifinals of the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships as she defeated sixth-seeded Kristin Fudalla of Portland, Ore., 6-1, 6-2.
Nideffer, a former touring tennis professional who was ranked as high as No. 15 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings in 1990, will face fourth-seeded Anna Zimmermann of Indianapolis in Thursday’s semifinals at 9:30 a.m. (PDT) at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
“It was a little tough. The conditions were slow and my timing was a little bit off. I missed some volleys I shouldn’t have missed,” Nideffer said following her victory. “I was able to focus and pull it together and obviously play better.”
On the bottom half of the 50s singles draw, second-seeded Nathalie Herreman-Bagby of Pacific Palisades, Calif., moved into the semifinals with an impressive 6-0, 6-1 win over seventh-seeded Christina Kaus of San Diego.
The 50-year-old Herreman-Bagby is also a former touring tennis professional who was ranked as high as No. 42 in the WTA singles rankings in 1986. She was a member of the French Fed Cup team and reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 1990.
Herreman-Bagby, who is now a dual citizen of France and the United States, played on the women’s professional tour from 1983 to 1995 and is competing in her first USTA National 50s singles event. She will take on third-seeded Judy Newman of Scotts Valley, Calif., in a semifinal match on Thursday at 10 a.m. (PDT).
“It’s been good. It’s been fun. I still love playing and I feel really good when I’m on the tennis court. I’ve seen friends I haven’t seen in a long time,” Herreman-Bagby said as she spoke about playing senior tennis. “I’m playing pretty well and I’m confident about my game. I just have to stay fit.”
In the women’s 60s singles division, top-seed and defending champion Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., and second-seeded Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., reached the semifinals with straight-set victories. In Wednesday’s quarterfinal action, Karwasky eliminated Deborah Burgess of Franklin, Wis., 6-2, 6-0 and Nichols swept past San Diego’s Yoko Anderson 6-0, 6-0.
The women’s 80s singles final will be played on Friday at 10:30 a.m. The women’s 70s singles final will take place on Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by the women’s 50s singles final at 10:30 a.m. and the women’s 60s singles final at noon. The women’s 90s singles division, which is using a round-robin format, will complete the final round on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. (All times are PDT). Sunday’s schedule will feature consolation finals.
The start times for each day of the championships are as follows: Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13 – 8 a.m.; Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 – 9 a.m. (All times are PDT).
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.
The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 44th Annual Men’s Senior Championships is also taking place in conjunction with the women’s events and includes 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.
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee. Draws will be posted at the Beach Club. Tournament attendees and spectators are invited to dine at the Club’s Snack Bar and Club Dining restaurant during the tournaments.
The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club started each of these events and has hosted them since inception. Designated one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship.
USTA National Women’s 50–90 Hard Court Championships La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club La Jolla, Calif. Wednesday’s Results
Women’s 50 Singles Quarterfinals
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, def. Kristin Fudalla (6), Portland, Ore., 6-1, 6-2
Nathalie Herreman Bagby (2), Pacific Palisades, Calif., def. Christina Kaus (7), San Diego, 6-0, 6-1
Judy Newman (3), Scotts Valley, Calif., def. Eleanor Hammargren (5), San Clemente, Calif., 7-5, 6-3
Anna Zimmermann (4), Indianapolis, def. Colleen Clery Ferrell (8), San Diego, 6-3, 6-4
Women’s 60 Singles Quarterfinals
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., def. Deborah Burgess, Franklin, Wis., 6-2, 6-0
Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., def. Yoko Anderson, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Sherri Bronson (3), Scottsdale, Ariz., def. Donna Drosner (8), Whitefish Bay, Wis., 6-4, 6-2
Leslie Airola Murveit (4), Portola Valley, Calif., def. Andrea Barnes (5), Palo Alto, Calif., 6-3, 7-5
Women’s 70 Singles Quarterfinals
Brenda Carter (1), Charleston, S.C., def. Carolann Castell (5), Kirkland, Wash., 6-3, 6-2
Catherine Anderson (3), Del Mar, Calif., def. Ann Hunt (6), Hilton Head Island, S.C., 7-5, 7-5
Charleen Hillebrand (4), Harbor City, Calif., def. Patti Boyer (8), Lotus, Calif., 6-0, 6-1