Vero Beach's Van Nostrand wins USTA National Women's 75 Clay Court event

March 12, 2009 09:25 AM

TCPalm.com
By staff
Thursday, March 12, 2009

Vero Beach resident Boots Van Nostrand captured the United States Tennis Association National Women's 75 Clay Court singles championship on Friday at the Houston Racquet Club in Texas.

It marked her first singles gold ball, one of the most prestigious honors for a tennis player, though she has won a couple in doubles.

Van Nostrand defeated Mary Boswell of Demascus, Md., in the final by a score of 6-2, 5-7, 6-3. She had earned the top seed by beating Boswell, the top-ranked International Tennis Federation player, last month in a Fort Lauderdale event.

"I worked very hard," Van Nostrand said. "It was my first year in the age group, so I thought I had a chance, and I was very excited about it."

Van Nostrand, who played her first national seniors tournament nine years ago, led the second set of the match 5-4 but ended up having to go to a third set.

"I got caught up in the moment of realizing it was a national event and I had a chance to win a gold ball, and I guess I just kind of lost it," Van Nostrand said. "But I came back in the third set, and I did it. I was very happy."

To reach the final in Houston, Van Nostrand won three other matches, defeating players from Oregon, Virginia and Florida, each in straight sets.

Her husband, King Van Nostrand, also earned a tournament win on Friday. He won the USTA Category II 75 singles event at the St. Petersburg Country Club, defeating second seed George McCabe of Oxford, Ohio, 6-1, 6-2 in the final.

It marked his 38th consecutive Florida tournament win since moving to Vero Beach in 1998, a win streak of more than 150 consecutive singles matches, all without the loss of a set.

King Van Nostrand credits his success to the liveliness his artificial knees have given his step.

"Some people think it's a hindrance, but in reality it's great,"he said. "I am walking around with new knees, just like a kid. I know eventually I will slow down and it will come back to haunt me, but for now, I'm enjoying it."


 

 

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