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SC Senior Women Win in World Championships in Australia

April 13, 2005 02:00 PM

Renata Marcinkowska of Rock Hill won the deciding doubles to give the U.S. the Young Cup women's 40s world team championship in Perth, Australia, Apr. 9. In individual competition that followed team play, she was a semifinalist in the Women's 35 singles and won the world doubles title.

Two other South Carolina women captained and played on U.S. teams--Jolene Watanabe-Giltz and Brenda Carter--and a fourth--Diane Fishburne--competed in team singles and doubles and individual singles. Here are the respective players' results:

Suzanne Lenglen Cup (Women's 35s) -- Captain Watanabe-Giltz of Bluffton won at #1 singles against Turkey and South Africa, but lost as the U.S. team went down 3-0 to France, which went on to win the team championship.

Young Cup (Women's 40s) -- Marcinkowska lost singles in group play but won doubles against France and won doubles against New Zealand and Germany. She teamed with Gretchen Magers to win the deciding match in the U.S. 2-1 win over France in the team finals.

Margaret Court Cup (Women's 45s) -- Fishburne of Folly Beach won #1 singles against Great Britain, New Zealand and Argentina but lost in three sets in singles and doubles against France. The U.S. won its group but lost 2-1 to Australia in the team championship match.

Maureen Connolly Cup (Women's 55s) -- Captain Carter of Charleston won #1 singles against South Africa, Canada and Great Britain, lost at #1 against New Zealand but won the deciding doubles. In the team championship, she lost at #1 singles as the team went down 3-0 to Australia.

In individual competition, #1 seed Marcinkowska lost in the Women's 35s semifinals, but came back to win the doubles championship with Mary Dailey of the U.S. Second-seeded Fishburne lost in the 45s singles final to top seed Ros Balodis of Australia. She teamed with Dailey and was a doubles finalist.