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Diane Fishburne Selected for Prestigious International Competition

August 14, 2008 04:32 PM

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has selected Diane Fishburne of Charleston, SC to be a member of the U.S. Maria Esther Bueno Cup Team for women 50 and over.  Fishburne will compete with her team in this year’s international team competition in Antalya, Turkey October 12 – 18, 2008.  The U. S. Bueno Cup team will be striving to defend the championship they won in 2007, also played on the red clay courts in Antalya.   In fact, the US has brought home the Bueno Cup four out of the past five years!  Having played on a number of national Cup teams in the past, Fishburne is one of a 4-women team selected by the USTA from the very best American players in her age division.  Her teammates include Susan Wright of Grand Junction, CO; Carolyn Nichols of Lodi, CA; and Phyllis Blackwell of Reno, Nevada.  This event is sponsored annually by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).  All member nations are eligible to field teams.

Fishburne, a tennis professional at Charleston Country Club,  received a BA in Business from the College of Charleston, where she played her college tennis, achieving All-American status.   Since beginning her competition at the senior level, she has won more than twenty national singles and doubles titles and three mother/son national doubles titles; three ITF world singles titles; and two ITF world doubles titles.  She is the reigning ITF singles champion for the 50’s and the reigning ITF doubles champion for the 45’s.  Fishburne completed 2007 ranked number one in the USTA national singles rankings and is currently number one in the ITF world rankings for her age group. 

The USTA owns and stages the US Open and selects the men’s and women’s teams that compete in Davis Cup, Federation Cup and Olympic games competitions.  It also selects and sponsors top US senior players in age groups 35 – 85.  The national teams compete annually at sites all over the world selected by the ITF. 

 

 

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