Wright to play for U.S.

Susan Wright will represent the United States for the 10th consecutive year in the International Tennis Federation Seniors World Team Championships this week.

The 55-year-old Grand Junction woman is playing in the Maureen Connolly Cup (women 55-older) today through Saturday in San Diego. She is one of four women on the U.S. Connolly Cup team.

“It is very exciting,” Wright said of the opening ceremony, with each team in uniform with the flag of its country. “There is a lot of pride. It’s really special because you are playing for your country and team.”

Diane Barker of Charleston, S.C., is playing No. 1 singles and Wright is playing No. 2 singles. Leslie Airola-Murveit of Portola Valley, Calif., and Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., will play the doubles match in the best-of-three format.

The ITF Seniors World Team Championships is similar to the Davis Cup for men or Federation Cup for women.

This is the first time since 1999 that the ITF World Team Championships are taking place in the United States.

The U.S. women’s 55-older team has won the past five Connolly Cup titles.

The U.S. team is the top seed and will compete against 12 other nations. Each match includes two singles matches and one doubles matches.

“We’ve had a strong team (in the past) and I think we have a strong team this year,” Wright said.

Wright has played in USTA and ITF senior tennis circuit since 2003. She has won more than 40 USTA national championship title in singles and doubles.

In 2011, she was a member of the victorious Bueno Cup team in New Zealand. She won the “Gold Slam” in 2008 and 2009 for winning all four national doubles championships in the same year.

Wright was the Outstanding Colorado Female Player of the Year in 2004 and 2008, Sportswoman of Colorado Tennis award winner in 2004 and 2008 and ITF World Doubles champion in 2005 and 2009.

She finished 2011 ranked second in the United States in singles, winning two national singles tournaments along with a second and third-place finish.

The ITF Senior World Individual Championships are Feb. 12-19 in San Diego.


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