NOTEBOOK : CSLA Tennis Coach Captures Senior Singles Title


Tina Karwasky is coaching tennis at Cal State Los Angeles, but the 41-year-old's playing days are far from over.

The men's and women's coach won the singles 40-and-over title in the United States Tennis Assn. senior women's grass court championships July 24 in New York.

The top-seeded Karwasky won four of her five matches at the West Side Tennis Club in straight sets, beating fourth-seeded Carole Ford of Bethesda, Md., 6-4, 6-3. She also had two shutout victories.

"Playing in these tournaments is just for fun," Karwasky said. "I've hit a billion balls in my life. I'm a strictly a coach now."

A member of Cal State L.A.'s athletic Hall of Fame, Karwasky was ranked as high as 89th in 1986 while competing as a touring pro for 11 years. Competing for Cal State L.A., she reached the 1973 national finals as a junior and qualified for the finals each of her four seasons.

Karwasky was in Pennsylvania last week for the tennis association's 35-and-over grass court tournament, where she is the defending champion in the singles and also won the doubles title with Dee Williams-Horne last year.

"I'm sure I'll have a million phone messages at home and school when I get back," Karwasky said. "I don't even want to think about it now. This is like a vacation. I just need time to get away."


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