With plenty at stake, Tina Karwasky didn’t have to think too much before stepping on to the court.
Knowing it would come down to a winner-take-all match against Great Britain for the prestigious International Tennis Federation Maureen Connolly Cup, Karwasky tried to remain calm.
While it proved to be hard at first for Karwasky, a Glendale resident of more than 20 years, the adrenaline eventually began to flow while teaming with Susan Wright to post a 6-4, 6-2 victory against Sue Bartlett and Anne Clark on April 25 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. to lead the United States past Great Britain, 2-1.
It marked the eighth straight year that the United States won the competition in the women's 55 and over bracket. It was the seventh time Karwasky, 61, helped her country capture the event.
“It’s a pretty unbelievable feeling,” said Karwasky, who worked with Wright of Grand Junction, Colo., Diane Barker of Daniel Island, S.C. and Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe. “It was 1-1 through the first two rounds in singles and there was a lot of pressure going into our doubles match.