Newman, US open bracketed play with win

Scotts Valley resident Judy Newman and the United States tennis team defeated Spain 2-0 on Thursday in their opening match of the fifth- through eighth-place playoff bracket at the ITF Seniors World Team Championships in San Diego.

The third match was not played after the U.S. won the first two matches in singles.

Newman is representing the US in the 45-year-old age category in the Margaret Court Cup.

Newman defeated Spain’s Patricia Couder 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (5) in a narrow victory at singles to help pace the U.S. on Thursday. It was Newman’s first singles match of the tournament; she had been teaming up with a playing partner for doubles during pool play.

Shelly Works of Texas won the other singles match on Thursday, defeating Spain’s Rosa Bielsa 7-5, 7-5.

The U.S. is scheduled to compete against Great Britain today, although Newman, who hasn’t sat out in any of the matches to date, isn’t slated to compete in either singles or doubles.

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