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Top Seeds Advance to Final Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Pro Classic
CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 14, 2012) â€“ A five-week layoff because of an ailing back didnâ€™t seem to bother top-seeded Alex Bogdanovic of Great Britain, who beat a determined Mark Verryth of Australia in a tough three-set match on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals at the 17th annual Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Pro Classic, a $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit menâ€™s event being played this week at the Claremont Club.
Bogdanovic downed Verryth, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, in the second round of play, and the current world No. 311-ranked player said afterward that heâ€™s set to play the three SoCal Futures events in Claremont, Costa Mesa and Irvine before playing USTA Pro Circuit events in Sacramento and Tiburon.
â€œWeâ€™ll see how the body reacts,â€ Bogdanovic said.
Bogdanovic will play qualifier and former UCLA standout Haythem Abid of Tunisia in the quarterfinals on Friday. Abid, now 27 and recovering from wrist surgery on his left hand, beat fellow American and No. 7-seeded Reid Carleton, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Abid, who played Davis Cup matches for Tunisia this year, is driving 45 miles back and forth each day from his home in West Los Angeles. He is currently training at the Weil Tennis Academy and hoping for a full 2013 tour campaign.
A fellow Bruin alum, No. 2-seeded Daniel Kosakowski, also won his match on Thursday and will next face fellow Southern Californian Jason Jung, who beat wild card â€“ and yet another Bruin â€“ Dennis Novikov in straight sets on Thursday.
â€œIâ€™ve never face Jason but heâ€™s playing well,â€ said Kosakowski, who beat American Ryan Rowe, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Kosakowski said heâ€™s been working out with Taylor Dent and some others in Orange County recently.
In the doubles final on Friday scheduled for 4 p.m., Devin Britton and Reid Carleton of the United States will face fellow former collegiate standouts Jeff Dadamo and Kyle McMorrow.