By J. Fred Sidhu, special to USTA.com
LA JOLLA, Calif.
– Unseeded Erin Boynton of Toronto, Canada, rallied from a set down to defeat fifth-seeded Tracey Thompson of San Diego, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, to reach the Women’s 50s singles consolation championship at the USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
After losing in the second round of the main draw earlier in the week to fifth-seeded Kathy Vick of Lubbock, Texas, in a tough three-setter, Boynton won three straight matches to advance to the consolation semifinals against Thompson, who had lost to eventual runner-up Tracy Houk in the main-draw quarterfinals.
Boynton, a Canadian-based orthopedic surgeon who was born in Quincy, Ill., committed nine double faults and struggled to find her rhythm in the first set, as Thompson jumped to a 5-1 lead and went on to close out the set in 40 minutes.
In the second set, the 52-year-old Thompson began to relax and go for more on her serve. "I decided that I just have to relax and I’ve got to play and hit the ball and really go for my serve," she said.
Thompson only double faulted once in the second set and would build leads of 3-1 and 5-2 before serving out the set to level the match at one set all.
Boynton, who did not pick up tennis until her mid-30s, clearly had the momentum on her side, as she broke Thomson’s serve twice early in the third set to take a 3-0 lead.
Later, as Boynton served with a 5-2 lead, she had two match points at 40-15, but Thompson fought back to break serve as Boynton double faulted twice. After Thompson held serve, Boynton served for the match at 5-4.
Despite losing her third match point, Boynton went on to serve out the match, which took two hours, one minute.
Due to her medical practice and family commitments, Boynton plays a limited tournament schedule during the year, so she welcomed the opportunity to play in the consolation draw to get extra match play after losing in the main draw.
"It’s quite an accomplishment for me to come and compete with these ladies and work my way up the ladder. I’ve had an unbelievable week. I’ve learned so much about myself, and I’ve learned so much about tennis," she said. "This would be just the icing on the cake if I could walk away with that (consolation title) tomorrow."
Boynton will face fifth-seeded Vicki Buholz of Dallas in the Women’s 50s consolation singles final on Sunday.
The 2012 USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships will conclude on Sunday with the women’s singles consolation championships beginning at 10:30 a.m. (PDT), followed by the doubles consolation championships scheduled for 2 p.m. (PDT).
The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 40th Annual Spring Senior Championships for men are also taking place the same week in conjunction with the women’s events. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments. The men’s events include singles and doubles for 60 and over, 65 and over, 70 and over, 75 and over and 80 and over age groups. A combined total of over 300 players are participating in the men’s and women’s tournaments.
Admission to the tournament is free and open to the public. A snack bar and dining facility is available to spectators. On-site parking is also available for a nominal fee. Draws are being posted at the Beach Club and are available at following link: http://tennislink.usta.com/TOURNAMENTS/TournamentHome_New/Tournament.aspx?T=113672
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. The club’s staff includes Director of Tennis Conan Lorenzo and a variety of experienced United States Professional Tennis Association pros who offer a full range of lessons, clinics, camps and services.
In addition to hosting the USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club also hosts the USTA National Men’s & Women’s 40 & Over Hard Courts and the USTA National Father & Son Hard Court Championships, scheduled for Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2012.
About the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc.
A cherished beachfront resort for more than 75 years, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company dedicated to the operation of a 14-acre beachside resort. The resort includes three properties, including the exclusive La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the 128-room La Jolla Shores Hotel and the historic Marine Room restaurant. Resort amenities include 14 championship tennis courts, a nine-hole Par-3 golf course, heated swimming pool, two additional oceanfront restaurants and cocktail lounges, and one of Southern California’s only private beaches. For more information, visit www.LJBTC.com
USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Surface: Hard Court
Women's 50 Singles
Vicki Buholz (5), Dallas, Texas, def. Anne Lowry, Oakland, 6-1, 6-3
Erin Boynton, Toronto, def. Tracey Thompson (5), San Diego, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Women's 60 Singles
Fay Matsumoto, Prescott, Ariz., def. Susan Bramlette (5), Houston, Texas, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
Chieko Holt (5), Klamath Falls, Ore., def. Margaret Machoian (5), Annapolis, Md., 6-0, 6-0
Women's 70 Singles
Grace Woo (5), Pittsford, N.Y., def. Nancy Garcia, Menlo Park, 6-4, 6-4
Dori Devries, Reno, Nev., def. Sheila Weinstock (5), Framingham, Mass, 6-2, 7-5
Women's 80 Singles
Beverly Winans, Newport Beach, def. Joan Melahn, Bull Valley, Ill,
Mary Giebink Del Mar, def. Nancy Kibbey, La Mesa, 6-1 Ret. (inj.)
Women's 90 Singles
Championship – Round Robin
Lovie Beard, Houston, Texas, def. Anita Claeboe, Ponte Vedra, Fla., 6-1, 6-4
40th Annual Spring Senior Men’s Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Surface: Hard Court
Men's 60 Singles
William Kellogg (1), La Jolla, def. Tony Ybarra (2), Ramona, 7-5, 6-3
Men's 75 Singles
Rollin Odell (3), Orinda, def. Fred Scott (2), Monarch Beach, 6-4, 6-1
James Curry (1), Waco, Texas, def. Johnny Sanchez (4), San Diego, 6-3, 6-1
Men's 80 Singles
Tadashi Yamaguchi, San Diego, def. Emilio Martinez-De Pison (2), San Diego, 6-2, 6-3
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