Newman, US drop match to Ireland

Scotts Valley resident Judy Newman and the United States tennis team dropped their first match at the ITF Seniors World Team Championships in San Diego on Wednesday, falling to Ireland 2-1 in group play.

Newman teamed up with Mariana Hollman at doubles and the pairing lost to Lesley O’Halloran and Philippa Palmer 6-1, 7-6 (5).

The US’ lone win came in singles, as Shelly Works defeated O’Halloran 6-2 6-4.

The loss puts the US at 2-1 at the end of group play and in second place. Ireland finished first in the group with a 3-0 record.

The United States now enters the fifth- through eighth-place playoff bracket. It will play against Great Britain today, while Spain and Belgium will square off in the opposite playoff.

The first- through fourth-place playoff bracket includes Ireland, South Africa, France and Germany.

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