13 Nov 2017

Medrado shows heart in winning two golds

News Article

By Harvey Fialkov

Photo: Camerawork USAPierre Godfroid (BEL)/Patricia Medrado (BRA)

Patricia Medrado showed plenty of heart in winning two gold medals at this week’s ITF Seniors World Individual Championships.

Medrado, a former touring pro and Fed Cup veteran for Brazil, was unable to compete in the 60s’ singles draw because her doctor told her to stick to doubles after undergoing surgery to correct a heart arrhythmia in April.

That didn’t stop Medrado, 60, from joining 60s’ singles finalist Pierre Godfroid of Belgium and taking the mixed doubles title 62 63, over unseeded Americans Rollin Rhone and Shannon Gordon-Carney Friday on the clay at North Shore Tennis Center.

The lanky Brazilian then teamed with 60s’ singles finalist Susan Wright to lead the top seeds to a 61 61 over Jenny Cerff and Abbi Neuthaler in the 60s’ doubles final.

“My heart hurts watching the [60s] final between Susan and Diane [Barker] because I beat Diane in the finals of the 2009 Worlds in Spain and am [3-0] against Susan,’’ said Medrado, the defending 2016 World singles and doubles champion, while also winning World singles in 2006.

“But I was unable to play or train for three months after the operation.’’

Medrado is 2-5 against Barker, but the two losses came in the finals of Worlds in 2010 and ‘12. Medrado has knocked Wright out of three Worlds in 2009, ’10 and ’12.

Barker eked out a three-set marathon, 75 in the third set over Wright, to win her seventh World singles title.

Medrado reached a career-high of 51 during her 14-year pro career. She got to the doubles quarterfinal in the 1982 Wimbledon and made the third round in singles at three Grand Slams.