2012 USTA Senior Women National Hard Court Championships

Hey Tennis Friends!

Earlier this week, I stopped by the USTA Senior Women National Hard Court Championships at the LaJolla Beach & Tennis Club in LaJolla, California. They had singles and doubles age divisions for the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and even the 90s! As usual, there was so much going on that I couldn’t have possibly included everything that was happening in this video report. This is why I always encourage you to get out to these events, to choose for yourself the matches that you want to watch!

CORRECTION:
I misspoke when recapping Tina Karwasky’s week. She had a bye in the first round, and bested her opponents without dropping a game in the next two rounds. In the interview, I indicated that she had only played one round.

The results for the matches that I featured in this video report are:

WOMEN’S 60s SINGLES SEMIFINALS (with seedings)
(1)Tina Karwasky d. (4)Molly Hahn 6-0, 6-1

(2)Mary Ginnard d. (3)Martha Downing 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Ginnard’s doubles partner was also her opponent for the singles final: Tina Karwasky!
The 59-year-old Karwasky, who will turn 60 later this year, played on the women’s professional tennis tour in the 1980s. Playing at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is a special experience for Karwasky. “This is one of the most beautiful spots in all of the United States,” she said. “I’ve been coming here ever since I was a little kid when my mother used to play senior tournaments and she used to leave me at the beach to build sand castles.”

WOMEN’S 60s SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
(1)Tina Karwasky d. (2)Mary Ginnard 6-2, 6-2

WOMEN’S 70s DOUBLES SEMIFINAL
(4) Sally Huss / Sheila Palmer d.
(2) Uta Hegberg / Diane Willauer 7-5, 5-2 Retirement (injury)

The 72 year old Huss, then Sally Moore, became the number one player in Southern California at age 13 in her division; the number one player in the United States at age 15 and the number one junior player in the world at the age 18. Then at 19, she was a semi-finalist in the women’s division at Wimbledon in 1959!

WOMEN’S 70s DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
(1) Charleen Hillebrand / Suella Steel d.
(4) Sally Huss / Sheila Palmer 6-3, 6-4

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One Response to “2012 USTA Senior Women National Hard Court Championships”

  1. Bill Kellogg says:

    Marcus: Thanks for letting the world know about our great senior championship at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. There is no better way to get “up close” to great tennis than to come to an event like this. It happens a little slower than you see on the pro tour, but lots of these players played the tour and the points are just as good. You can really see what’s happening. … Bill K

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