No. 1 Tina Karwasky was flawless against fifth-seeded Chieko Holt, winning 6-0, 6-0.
© J. Fred Sidhu
By J. Fred Sidhu, special to USTA.com
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Top-seeded Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif. played another near-perfect match to advance to the semifinals in the Women’s 60s division of the USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
The 59-year-old Karwasky, who will turn 60 later this year, wasted little time in eliminating fifth-seeded Chieko Holt of Klamath Falls, Ore., 6-0, 6-0, in a quarterfinal match played on court no. 1.
Karwasky has yet to lose a game in the tournament. After receiving a first-round bye earlier this week, she defeated unseeded Pricilla Sisson of Windsor, Colo., 6-0, 6-0, in the second round on Tuesday.
In her quarterfinal victory, Karwasky controlled the match from start to finish. She attacked Holt’s serve frequently throughout the afternoon as she approached the net off her own service return to set up a winning volley. The strategy helped Karwasky break Holt’s serve each time during the match, which took a little over an hour to complete.
"I was playing pretty good. My ground strokes were coming in nice and deep and I feel pretty comfortable on a hard court," said Karwasky, who grew up playing on public hard courts in Los Angeles.
As the number one seed in the Women’s 60 division, Karwasky admitted feeling a little bit of pressure. "It always puts pressure on you to do well (as the top seed)," she said. "Everybody is watching you, especially when they put you on the center court. You just want to perform well."
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."
Karwasky, who played on the women’s professional tennis tour in the 1980s, will take on fourth-seeded Molly Hahn of Belmont, Mass. in a semifinal match on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. PST.
In other action, top-seeded Ros Nideffer advanced to Thursday’s semifinals of the Women’s 50 division as she defeated fifth-seeded Vicki Buholz of Dallas, Texas, 6-2, 6-2, in a morning quarterfinal match on court no.1.
The 51-year-old Nideffer, a former touring tennis professional who lives in the San Diego community of Rancho Bernardo, needed nearly two hours to eliminate Buholz in a match highlighted by many long rallies and numerous deuce games.
Nideffer will face fourth-seeded Mariana Hollman of Winston Salem, N.C., in a semifinal match scheduled for Thursday at 12:30 p.m. PST.
Women's 50 Singles
Ros Nideffer (1,) San Diego, def. Vicki Buholz (5), Dallas, Texas, 6-2, 6-2
Mariana Hollman (4), Winston Salem, N.C. def. Kathy Vick (5), Lubbock, Texas, Wo (inj.)
Tracy Houk (3), Half Moon Bay, def. Tracey Thompson (5), San Diego, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2
Frances Chandler (2), Jackson, Tenn., def. Myke Loomis-Landauer (5), Naples, Fla., 6-0, 6-0
Women's 60 Singles
Mary Ginnard (2), Fort Lauderdale, Fla., def. Fay Matsumoto, Prescott, Ariz., 6-0, 6-0
Martha Downing (3), Shingle Springs, def. Susan Bramlette (5), Houston, Texas, 6-1, 6-0
Molly Hahn (4), Belmont, Mass., def. Margaret Machoian (5), Annapolis, Md., 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, def. Chieko Holt (5), Klamath Falls, Ore., 6-0, 6-0
Women's 70 Singles
Charleen Hillebrand (2), San Pedro, def. Dorothy Matthiessen (5), Pasadena, 6-2, 6-3
Lurline Fujii (4), Honolulu, Hawaii, def. Grace Woo (5), Pittsford, N.Y., 6-0, 6-2
Suella Steel (3), La Jolla, def. Sheila Weinstock (5), Framingham, Mass., 6-4, 6-3
Catherine Anderson (1) Del Mar, def. Judy Janc, San Diego, 6-1, 6-0
Women's 80 Singles
Louise Russ (2), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Nancy Kibbey, La Mesa, 7-5, 6-4
Margaret Canby (3), San Antonio, Texas, def. Beverly Winans, Newport Beach, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
Carol Cofer, Austin, Texas, def. Janet Hubbard, Huntington Beach, 7-5, 7-5
Doris Lutz (1), Sarasota, Fla., def. Ann Schwartz, Poway, 6-0, 6-0
Men's 60 Singles
Howard Morrison, Murrieta, def. Jack Tavelman, Carlsbad, 6-1, 6-2
Iraj Aalam, La Jolla, def. Michael Averbach (4), La Quinta, 6-3, 6-1
Phil Aurbach, Las Vegas, Nev., def. Wayne Hughes, San Diego, Wd (inj.)
Ikko HiraokaToon-Shi, Ehime def. Bradley Hasper, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Steve Kasner, Laguna Niguel, def. Ted Tietge, Cardiff, 6-2, 6-0
Men's 65 Singles
Les Buck (1), Queenstown, Md., def. Dennis Bowers Hemet, 7-6(4), 6-3
Gregg Hepner, Hemet, def. Tom Bryan (3), San Clemente, 7-6(4), 6-2
German Ruiz, Playa Del Rey, def. Danny Miller, Valley Village, 6-4, 6-2
Danny Dabby (2), Del Mar, def. Jim Fishback, San Marcos, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
Men's 70 Singles
Ken Girard, Dana Point, def. Hamilton Sah, Cerritos, 7-5, 6-2
Anthony Enyedy (1), San Diego, def. Rudy Pachl, Delray Beach, Fla., Wo (inj.)
James Curry Waco, Texas, def. George Young, Omaha, Neb., 6-1, 6-1
Don Abbott, Tucson, Ariz., def. John Drehner, San Diego, 6-0, 6-1
Austin Mason (4), Chandler, Ariz., def. Don Dombrow, La Jolla, 6-1, 6-0
Joseph Zesbaugh, San Diego, def. Kenneth Miller, Concord, Mass., 6-4, 6-3
Pete Gerry (2), Alta Loma, def. Hank Gotthelf, La Jolla, 6-0, 6-0
Karel Placek, Del Mar, def. Leo Lapane (3), Casa Grande, Ariz., 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Men's 80 Singles
Jack Largent, Las Vegas, Nev., def. Robert Ackerly, La Mesa, 6-1, 6-2