For a fourth consecutive year, Shingle Springs resident Martha Downing competed for the USA when she played at last month’s 32nd annual International Tennis Federation Super Senior International Team Competition in Umag and Novigrad, Croatia.
A former four-time USTA Nor Cal Senior Player of the Year, Downing, 63, played doubles and was teamed with Toni Novack from Naples, Fla. The duo won their first five matches of the competition, all in straight sets, beating doubles teams from Finland, Spain, Australia and the Netherlands.
As a team, USA won its first two team matches to advance to the playoffs. As the No. 1 seed, USA had the first-round bye, beat Australia again, 2-1 and shut out the Netherlands squad 3-0 to win the Alice Marble Cup title. Downing was the quartet’s captain.
The top American tennis players in age divisions 60-80 represented the USA in this prestigious competition. The competition was played on red clay.
Dowing’s teammates were from California and Florida. In 2011, she won the 2011 Hard Courts in singles and this year was a semifinalist at the 60 Clay and Hard Courts. She is a member of the 2012 class of the NorCal Tennis Hall of Fame.