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Brenda Carter and Diane Barker have another great year

Brenda Carter with ITF team
Diane Barker

Brenda Carter and Diane Barker of Charleston, SC have long been dominant age-group tournament players at the State, Southern, National and International level for years, and 2013 has been no different.

Carter is finishing 2013 as the U.S. No. 1 singles player in the 65 and over age group for the third year in a row. In 2012 she accomplished the “Golden Slam”, winning National championships on four surfaces, and in 2013 she nearly repeated the feat, losing only in the final of the Grass Court Championships. And she nearly completed the “Golden Slam” in doubles, losing the final in the same Grass Court Championships. But that didn’t prevent her from finishing as the U.S. No. 1 in doubles for the past three years.

In addition, Carter won all three of her singles matches at the USTA Intersectionals and all three singles matches and two doubles matches at the Southern Senior Cup. In International play, Carter has been a member or captain of a U.S. team in ITF Team Championships over many years. This year she won the mixed doubles (with Hugh Thomson of Georgia) in the ITF Individual Championships. Not bad for a “Super Senior”, which is what the ITF categorizes the 65s and over.

Diane Barker plays these days in the 55 and over age group, having been the No. 1 U.S. and ITF player more than once in younger age groups. Since she and son Matt Hane achieved the “Golden Slam” in Mother-Son Doubles in 2011, injuries have limited her tournament play. Still, she has had another stellar year, with a 14-0 singles record in USTA play. Among her achievements is winning the National Clay Courts, winning all three of her USTA Intersectional matches and two Les Grandes Dames tournaments.

Barker also played one Mother-Son tournament with son Matt, winning the National Hard Courts. Like Brenda Carter, Barker has long played for the U.S. in ITF team competition and this year she led her U.S. team to capturing the Maureen Connolly Cup in the ITF Team Championships and then topped it off with winning the ITF Individual Championship for the second year in a row. Another great year for a great player.