CSU Los Angeles -- August 19, 2003
Cal State L.A. Head Tennis Coach Tina Karwasky Leads United States to World Championship at Maria Esther Bueno Cup
Golden Eagle coach wins the decisive match in the finals against AustriaCal State L.A. head tennis coach Tina Karwasky's three-set singles victory and straight-set doubles victory versus Austria on Sunday concluded a perfect week in which she led the United States to the championship of the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) Maria Esther Bueno Cup held in Eisenach, Germany.
In Sunday's final tie against Austria, Karwasky defeated Maria Geyer in singles, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, before pairing with U.S. team captain Margaret Russo for a 6-2, 6-0 win in doubles which clinched the Cup title for the American team. The U.S. did not lose a single match the entire week, sweeping Canada, Spain, South Africa and Austria.
The Maria Esther Bueno Cup is an international tennis team competition for women age 50 and older and is sponsored by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). This year's Maria Esther Bueno Cup will be played on clay and features a total of 14 countries: United States, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and Switzerland.
Joining Karwasky on the USA team was Margaret Russo (team captain, ranked 4th in USA singles), Mary Ginnard (ranked 2nd in USA singles and teamed with Wing for 1st in USA doubles) and Christy Wing (ranked 3rd in USA singles and teamed with Ginnard for 1st in USA doubles).
Karwasky, who has served as Cal State L.A. tennis coach for the past 16 seasons, is one of the top American women's tennis players in the 50s bracket. Her recent USTA national singles titles include both the indoor and hard court championships. Prior to the Bueno Cup, she won the USTA National Grass Court Singles and Doubles Championships in Forest Hills, N.Y.
During Karwasky's tenure as CSULA head coach, a Golden Eagle has been named All-America six times, including the 1990 NCAA women's singles and doubles champions. A 1974 Cal State L.A. alumna, Karwasky played on the women's pro tour from 1981-88, earning a high singles ranking of No. 81 in the world and defeating the likes of superstars such as Steffi Graf and Monica Seles.
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