ROS NIDEFFER REACHES FOURTH STRAIGHT 50s FINAL AT USTA
NATIONAL WOMEN’S 50-90 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Four Singles Finals Scheduled For Friday at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif. – (May 11, 2017) – Former touring tennis professional Ros Nideffer continued her dominating play in the 50 and over division of the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships as she powered her way past fourth-seeded Shelly Works of San Antonio 6-0, 6-0 in semifinal action at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
The 56-year-old Nideffer, a former two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist who was ranked as high as No. 15 in the world in 1990, advances to the 50 and over singles championship, which is scheduled for 9:50 a.m. on Friday. Nideffer has been unbeatable in the 50s national hard court competition, having won the singles title the last three years in a row and four out of the last five years. She did not enter the tournament in 2013.
Nideffer will meet third-seeded Jean Marie Alpert of Dallas in the 50 and over singles final. The 51-year-old Alpert scored a thrilling come-from-behind 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) semifinal victory over last year’s finalist and second-seed Nathalie Herreman-Bagby. The marathon match, which entertained the large crowd on Court No. 1, took two-hours and 59 minutes to complete.
After losing the first set in 35 minutes, Alpert, a former player and tennis coach at Southern Methodist University, took pace off her shots against the hard-hitting Herreman-Bagby and began playing a counter-punching type game. The strategy paid off in the second set as Albert rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win five of the last six games to win the set and send the match to a deciding third set.
“I tend to be more aggressive out there and hit bigger shots, but I knew if I tried to hit with her, she would get better. I couldn’t play that way with her, that is why I hit a lot of looping balls,” Alpert said.
In the third set, Alpert built a commanding 4-1 lead and looked to be in control, but Herreman-Bagby, a former touring professional, staged a spirited comeback and eventually forced a tiebreak to determine the match.
Alpert recaptured the momentum in the tiebreak as she took a 5-1 lead and minutes later closed out the victory to advance to the final. “I’m so exhausted. It’s a big win for me. I’m so excited. I really wanted to win this match,” said Alpert, who credited her victory to her fitness and endurance.
In the 60 and over division, top-seed Tina Karwasky, the five-time defending champion from Glendale, Calif., fell in the semifinals to third-seeded Susan Wright of Grand Junction, Colo., 6-2, 0-6, 6-3. Wright will play second-seeded Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., in the 60s singles championship on Friday at 11:40 a.m. Wright fell to Nichols 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals of the USTA National Women’s 60 Clay Court Championships last month in Baton Rouge, La.
Top-seeded Brenda Carter of Charleston, S.C., advanced to the 70 and over singles final with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over San Diego’s Carol Gay, who was seeded No. 4. Carter will meet in second-seeded Carol Clay of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for the 70 and over championship at 9:50 a.m. on Friday.
In the 80 and over division, top-seeded Roz King of San Diego defeated fourth-seeded Burnett Herrick of Tarboro, N.C., 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals. King will take on second-seeded Dori Devries of Reno, Nev., in the 80 and over championship on Friday at 11:40 a.m.
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The final round-robin singles match in the 90 and over singles division will be played on Saturday at 9 a.m. Rita Price of Aurora, Colo., will play Helene Salvetat of Hossegor, France.