ITF World Team Championships

Umag, Croatia. September 15-20, 2019

The USA women’s teams did themselves proud at the World Cup Championships in Umag, Croatia last month.



Women’s 65 won the Kitty Godfree Cup

Report from Jan Kirkland-Cochran

The US 65 team - Tina Karwasky, Wendy McCloskey, Jan Kirkland-Cochran and Lil Peltz Petow had a very successful week in Umag, only dropping one singles match in the process. We played the finals against Germany, winning 3-0. Our real competition was in the semis against a very good Austria team that was unseeded and had upset the Seeded Great Britain team in their round robin. Tina lost in singles to their #1 player, who was absolutely flawless in her play - hitting lines, perfect drop shots and deep penetrating ground strokes. Tina was not playing her best which made the Austria player look even better. Wendy won her match at #2 in three close sets. Tina and Jan paired up and defeated their #1&2 singles players who played the doubles to break the tie for a win for USA. Fun time was had by all. Special honor getting to represent the US.


Photo above: USA Kitty Godfree Cup team winners: Lil Peltz Petow, Jan Kirkland Cochran, Tina Karwasky, Wendy McColskey.


Women’s 70 won the Althea Gibson Cup

Report from Captain Brenda Carter


Amazingly, we did it. We won the Althea Gibson Cup by defeating the team from Great Britain. Both singles matches were nail biters — however, both were won in straight sets. Judy Dixon started the day winning in two very tight sets, then Toni Novack took the court and defeated her opponent in straight sets. Shortly thereafter, Liane Bryson and I defeated GB’s remaining two players. We are very excited.


USA Althea Gibson Cup winners (l to r): Brenda Carter, Toni Novack, Liane Bryson, Judy Dixon





Women’s 75 finished second in the Queens Cup

Report from Carolyn Nichols

USA’s Queens Cup (W75) fell to France, losing both singles decisively. France was a level above the rest of the competition this year with Sylvia Galfard at #2 and Michelle Bichon at #1. The USA finishes with silver medals, which is a fantastic finish for the team.


USA Queen’s Cup Team (l to r): Charleen Hillebrand, Carolann Castell, Cathie Anderson, Suella Steel





Women’s 80 finished second in the Doris Hart Cup

Report from Carolyn Nichols

The Women’s 80 playoff bracket was a 3 team round robin. The USA lost yesterday 2/1 to Argentina. Burnett Herrick won at #2 singles; Dorothy Wasser lost at #1 to Romero and Flint/Romero beat Herrick/Wasser 7-6, 7-5. Our team beat France on Wednesday. When Argentina beat France, the USA team finished second.


USA Doris Hart Cup players (l to r): Carol Wood, Dorothy Wasser, Sheila Palmer, Burnett Herrick




USA wins the new Women’s 85 Cup

The new Cup tournament added this year for the 85 and older competitors was won handily by the USA players: Rose Austin, Margaret Canby and Irene Bretzel.


USA's Rose Austin, Margaret Canby, Irene Bretzel

are the new Women's 85 Cup winners.








ITF World Individual Championships

Umag, Croatia. September 21-28

By Carolyn Nichols, writing from California


The ITF Individual World Championships concluded yesterday in Umag, Croatia. Though there weren’t many Americans in the draws, those that were there came home with many gold, silver and bronze medals.


Wendy McCloskey won her first ever world championship, the 65 singles, the hard way, beating her Kitty Godfree Cup teammate Tina Karwasky (holder of two consecutive 65 Gold Slams in singles and winner 11 straight 65 national singles championships) in three sets. Earlier in the year, Karwasky beat McCloskey in the final of the 65 Clay. Karwasky was a doubles finalist too, with Jan Kirkland-Cochran, losing to Aussies Helen Worland and Adrienne Avis. Avis won the mixed too, with Marc Renault, FRA over American Danny Shaw and Hildegard Bruggraber, AUT.


In women’s 70 doubles, Liane Bryson, playing with Germany’s Heidi Eisterlehner were silver medalists, also losing to an Aussie, Kerry Ballard (who won the singles) and Shirley Fox (GBR).


In the 75s, NSWTA member Heide Orth, GER won the 75 singles and doubles (with Petro Kruger, RSA); Kruger won the mixed with Peter Pokorny, AUT (who won the singles).


In the 80s, USTA member Inge Weber, CAN won the women’s singles. In another all American doubles final, Dorothy Wasser/Burnett Herrick beat their Doris Hart Cup teammates Sheila Palmer/Carol Wood. Palmer/Jones were 80 mixed finalists, falling to Aussies June Simpson/Don Biddle in the final round.


Bronze medals went to: Dorothy Wasser, W80 singles, Suella Steel/Dean Corley, 75 mixed, Bryson, 70 mixed, Cathie Anderson/Carolann Castell, W75 doubles. Hopefully I didn’t miss anyone!


Adds Jan Kirkland Cochran on the 65s:

Tina, Wendy and Lil stayed the second week and played the individual singles while Jan and Tina played the doubles event. Lil had to play the #1 seed first round and played a really close match losing 7-5,6-4. Lil went into consolation and made it to the semi finals losing to the #3 player from France 7-6,6-4. Tina and Wendy were in opposite ends of the draw and met in the finals. Wendy won in 3 tough sets.