Nideffer, a former touring tennis professional who lives in the San Diego community of Rancho Bernardo, will face fifth-seeded Vicki Buholz of Dallas, Texas in a quarterfinal match scheduled for Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. PST.
Playing on court no. 8 on a bright, sunny day at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Nideffer used two service breaks to jump out to a commanding 4-0 lead over Smith in the first set.
With Nideffer serving the fifth game, Smith had three break points after taking a 40-0 lead. However, Nideffer, once ranked as high at 15th in the world, fought off each break point as she hit two overhead winners followed by a forehand winner. She eventually held serve to extend her lead to 5-0.
After breaking Smith’s serve to win the first set, Nideffer opened the second set by holding serve to take a 1-0 lead. In the next game, Smith came back and held her serve when Nideffer netted a forehand service return on game point to tie the second-set at 1-1.
That would be the only game Smith would win as Nideffer went on win the next five games to close out the match which took a little over an hour to complete.
"I just forced myself to keep going for my shots and trying to get into the net and be aggressive," said Nideffer as she spoke about the key to her second-round victory. "I was happier with my serve today. I had fewer bad tosses, so that’s progress."
The 51-year-old Nideffer played on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour from the late 1970s through late 1990s. She is a two-time Wimbledon singles quarterfinalist and a two-time French Open doubles champion.
Following her time on the tennis tour, she concentrated on raising her family and didn’t play much tennis, but she has re-discovered that competitive spirit on the court that made her one of the top players in the world.
"There was a long period where I didn’t play at all. I started to play a little bit and I got the bug to want to try and play better and to try and play as well as I can," Nideffer said. "I want to get myself to play some points like I used to. It feels so good to hit a good serve and get in and hit a good volley."
In other action, tennis legend Dodo Cheney of Escondido, Calif., played her first singles match in the Women’s 90 Round-Robin. Cheney was scheduled to play only doubles this week, but was a last minute entry into the singles event.
The 95-year-old Cheney, who is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to 90-year-old Lovie Beard of Houston, Texas. Cheney will play her second round-robin match against Anita Claeboe of Ponte Vedra, Fla. on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. PST.
Women's 50 Singles
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, def. Margaret Smith Torrance, 6-0, 6-1
Vicki Buholz (5), Dallas, Texas, def. Amy Badger, Albuquerque, N.M., 7-6(6), 6-1
Mariana Hollman (4), Winston Salem, N.C. def. Cora Wills, Vancouver, Canada, 6-1, 6-2
Kathy Vick (5), Lubbock, Texas, def. Erin Boynton, Toronto, Canada, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Tracey Thompson (5), San Diego, def. Susan Dent, San Diego, 6-2, 6-1
Tracy Houk (3), Half Moon Bay, def. Colleen Clery Ferrell, San Diego, 6-3, 6-0
Myke Loomis-Landauer (5), Naples, Fla., def. Anne Lowry, Oakland, 6-3, 6-4
Frances Chandler (2), Jackson, Tenn., def. Christy Foreman, Albuquerque, N.M., 6-0, 6-0
Women's 60 Singles
Fay Matsumoto, Prescott, Ariz., def. Marilyn McCombs (5), Delta, Colo., 6-3, 6-0
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, def. Priscilla Sisson, Windsor, Colo., 6-0, 6-0
Chieko Holt (5), Klamath Falls, Ore., def. Joan Oelschlager, Alexandria, Va., 6-1, 6-1
Molly Hahn (4), Belmont, Mass., def. Barbara Hubbard, Lihue, Hawaii, 6-1, 6-0
Margaret Machoian (5), Annapolis, Md., def. Yolanda Therrien, Elkton, Ore., 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
Martha Downing (3), Shingle Springs, def. Cynthia Babb, Mount Pleasant, S.C., 6-1, 6-0
Mary Ginnard (2), Fort Lauderdale, Fla., def. Crys Ren, Coronado, 6-1, 6-0
Susan Bramlette (5), Houston, Texas, def. Kathleen Abbott, Tucson, Ariz., 6-1, 6-0
Women's 70 Singles
Judy Janc, San Diego, def. Patti Boyer (5), Lotus, 6-2, 6-4
Catherine Anderson (1), Del Mar, def. Ria Graham, New Port Richey, Fla., 6-1, 6-0
Sheila Weinstock (5), Framingham, Mass., def. Lucille Karasinski, Turnersville, N.J., 6-0, 6-1
Grace Woo (5), Pittsford, N.Y., def. Linda Friedlander, Lake Placid, N.Y., 6-0, 6-1
Lurline Fujii (4), Honolulu, Hawaii, def. Dori Devries, Reno, Nev., 0-6, 6-1, 6-4
Charleen Hillebrand (2), San Pedro, def. Ruth Nutt, Santa Fe, N.M., 6-0, 6-4
Suella Steel (3), La Jolla, def. Nancy Garcia, Menlo Park, 6-2, 6-1
Women's 80 Singles
Janet Hubbard, Huntington Beach, def. Elizabeth Harrison, Mukilteo, Wash., 6-0, 6-2
Carol Cofer, Austin, Texas, def. Joan Brisbin (4), Naples, Fla., 6-1, 6-2
Beverly Winans, Newport Beach, def. Mary Giebink, Del Mar, 6-2, 6-0
Margaret Canby (3), San Antonio, Texas, def. Irene Bretzel, Fircrest, Wash., 6-1, 6-1
Women's 90 Singles
Lovie Beard, Houston, Texas, def. Dodo Cheney, Escondido, Calif., 6-4, 6-1