La Jolla, Calif. – (May 10, 2016) – When Ros Nideffer competed on the women’s professional tennis tour, she played at the highest level, achieving a career-high No. 15 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings in 1990 and twice reaching the singles quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
This week, the 55-year-old Nideffer, who lives in the San Diego community of Rancho Bernardo, is playing in the USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and is attempting to win the 50s singles title for the third consecutive year and fourth-time overall.
On a cool and overcast Tuesday morning, Nideffer, who won her first 50s title in 2012, advanced to the quarterfinals with a convincing 6-0, 6-0 second-round victory over unseeded Nancy Abler-Sanchez of San Diego. The two-time defending champion will face sixth-seeded Kristin Fudalla of Portland, Ore. on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Nideffer, who did not play the event in 2013, credits her experience on the women’s professional tour and an all-court game for her success in the 50s National Hard Court Championships. “I’m strong and I’m fast compared to other people my age,” Nideffer said. “I can stay back and I can come in. I have a variety of shots to draw from and I can mix it up. I’m just excited to play. I’m just challenging myself.”
If Nideffer advances to the 50s singles final, she could face second-seeded Nathalie Herreman-Bagby, a former touring tennis professional, who was ranked as high as No. 42 in the WTA singles rankings in 1986. She reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 1990.
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., cruised into the quarterfinals after scoring impressive second-round victories. Karwasky blanked San Diego’s Sue Sprague 6-0, 6-0, while Nichols eliminated Ginny Beneke of San Diego 6-1, 6-0.
Tournament officials announced the schedule of singles finals for each division. The women’s 80s singles final will be played on Friday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. The women’s 70s singles final will take place on Saturday, May 14 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). The schedule on Sunday, May 15 will feature consolation finals.
The start times for each day of the championships are as follows: Wednesday, May 11 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 is also taking place in conjunction with the women’s events, and 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.
USTA National Women’s 50–90 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Women’s 50 Singles
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, def. Nancy Abler-Sanchez, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Nathalie Herreman Bagby (2), Pacific Palisades, Calif., def. Dorian Sailer, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Judy Newman (3), Scotts Valley, Calif., def. Sheila Walker, Washington, D.C., 6-0, 6-0
Anna Zimmermann (4), Indianapolis, Ind., def. Tai Sisson, San Dimas, Calif., 6-0, 6-2
Eleanor Hammargren (5), San Clemente, Calif., def. Kerry Rickert, Middleton, Wis., 6-0, 6-0
Kristin Fudalla (6), Portland, Ore., def. Fiona Taylor, La Jolla, WO (injury)
Christina Kaus (7), San Diego, def. Maria Nunez, San Diego, 6-2, 6-2
Colleen Clery Ferrell (8), San Diego, def. Michelle Martinez, Kilauea, Hawaii, 6-2, 6-2
Women’s 60 Singles
Deborah Burgess, Franklin, Wis., def. Carol Gay (7), San Diego, WO (Ill)
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., def. Sue Sprague, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Leslie Airola Murveit (4), Portola Valley, Calif., def. Yolanda Therrien, Elkton, Ore., 6-1, 6-0
Andrea Barnes (5), Palo Alto, Calif., def. Mary Firek, Redlands, Calif., 6-2, 6-4
Donna Drosner (8), Whitefish Bay, Wis., def. Ellen Furman, San Diego, 6-3, 6-0
Sherri Bronson (3), Scottsdale, Ariz., def. B’Ann Gabelt, Madison, Wis., 6-2, 6-1
Yoko Anderson, San Diego, def. Chieko Holt (6), Klamath Falls, Ore., WO (Ill)
Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., def. Ginny Beneke, San Diego, 6-1, 6-0
Women’s 70 Singles
Brenda Carter (1), Charleston, S.C., def. Diane Link, Pacific Palisades, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Betty Wachob (2), Panama City, Fla., def. Kathie Meyering, Fredericksburg, Texas, 6-0, 6-0
Catherine Anderson (3), Del Mar, def. Susan Frieder, Wailuku, Hawaii, 6-0, 6-0
Charleen Hillebrand (4), Harbor City, Calif., def. Brookes Byrd, Davis, Calif., 6-2, 6-1
Carolann Castell (5), Kirkland, Wash., def. Lyn Tietz, Oak Brook, Ill, 6-1, 6-0
Ann Hunt (6), Hilton Head Island, S.C., def. Judy Nichols, Port Hueneme, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Mary Alice Pisani (7), Reno, Nev., def. Heather Fiscalini, Modesto, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Patti Boyer (8), Lotus, Calif., def. Ann Loose, Sandia Park, N.M., 6-1, 6-4
Women’s 80 Singles
Betty Hill, Burr Ridge, Ill., def. Ann Schwartz, Poway, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
Women’s 90 Singles
Rita Price, Aurora, Colo., def. Catherine Hall, Newport Beach, Calif., 6-1, 6-3
Written by Fred Sidhu