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Rauh, who turned 64 in July, and Duffy, 61, won two matches 8-0 and lost only 18 games total.
Their opening match was the closest. Against defending champion Wisconsin, they rallied to win 8-6 after trailing 6-3.
“It was nice to get back together again,” Rauh said. “[Winning] was really nice. We didn’t really know what to expect, but when we saw the list, we knew that the Wisconsin team and the Chicago team [8-5 in final round] were the toughest.”
In 2009, Rauh and Duffy were teammates on a Senior Women’s 4.5 team that won USTA nationals. Rauh competed in every round with various doubles partners and went undefeated.
Duffy moved to Bartlett from Iowa in 1983 and resumed playing tennis regularly in 1990. At the Norris Center, she met Rauh, who moved to St. Charles from Ohio in 1992. When the Norris league disbanded, they switched to the Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora.
“She is very consistent and a very good defensive player so we can keep the points going a long time,” Rauh said of Duffy. “We both like to come to the net. We sort of complement each other because she likes to play the ad side and use her backhand, and I like to chip and charge.”