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REPORT ON QUEEN'S
by Betty Eisenstein
This was the second year of ITF sponsored Cup
matches for 75+ women players. Last year's inaugural
venture in Austria, with its delightful venue and fine
weather, was a hard act to follow, but this year was no less
successful. Club Ali Bey is a large sports village on
the shores of the Mediterranean. It is so large that we
got lost at first when trying to get to the dining halls, the
tennis courts or the beach. It offered all the amenities
one could hope for ~~ including gargantuan buffet spreads for
every meal with more than 30 varieties of bread and 40 kinds
of desserts. There were almost 60 well-maintained red
clay courts. I did not count the varieties of nations
that were represented, but was impressed by the large number
of different flags that were carried by the children who led
our parade on central court at the opening ceremonies.
That event was enhanced by folk dances performed by charming
young Turkish women in colorful costumes.
Last year's idyllic weather in Austria was
matched by this year in Turkey. During the entire week
of Cup matches, we enjoyed blue skies, hot sun, soft breezes
and cool starlit nights. (The following week of
individual play was less fortunate with one day of gale-force
winds and another of heavy rain.)
Our team consisted of Olga Mahaney #1, Elaine
Mason #2, Barbara Davidson #3, and your aging reporter #4.
Elaine served as our playing captain and we were all grateful
for her expert guidance. I especially appreciated her
arranging things so each of us had a chance to play both
singles and doubles.
On Day 1 against the Germans, the opening
match was more exciting that anticipated. Elaine raced
ahead of a hard-hitting German, Marianne Schulze, to get to
4-0 and 40-30. Marianne's ball went out, but Elaine's
call was to quiet for the Germans to hear and they claimed the
point. Elaine did not argue and lost the game.
Heartened to find the score was 4-1 instead of 5-0, Marianne
began to play inspired tennis and took the set to a tiebreak,
which Elaine finally won. She went on to win the second
set 6-3 after both players had reached a remarkably high level
of play. The only other close call came on the last day
when Olga split sets with Aussie player, Elsie Crowe 6-3; 3-6.
She got to 5-all in the tiebreak that was required as a
substitute for a third set before winning 7-5.
The end of play saw a repetition of last
year's results: the Germans won second place over
Aussies and the US team's perfect record of no losses remained
intact. Let's hope we can continue down the road next
year in Philadelphia and that Queen's Cup competition will
result in a perfect US record three times in a row.
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