(November 27, 2012) La Jolla, California – Top seeded Dina McBride of Woodland Hills, Calif. and second-seeded Ros Nideffer of San Diego (Rancho Bernardo), Calif. won singles matches earlier today to advance to the third round of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships.
Playing under mostly sunny skies at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, McBride breezed past Tai Sisson of San Dimas, Calif., 6-1, 6-0 in a second-round match. McBride, who played collegiate tennis for the University of San Diego in the mid-1990s, reached last year’s women’s singles final.
Nideffer, a former touring tennis professional and a two-time Wimbledon singles quarterfinalist, eliminated Julie Gaynor of Las Vegas, 6-3, 6-1, in a second-round encounter.
Earlier this year, the 52-year-old Nideffer captured the Women’s 50 singles title at the ITF Seniors World Individual Championships and USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships. Both events were played at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
When asked what inspired her to play in this week’s National 40 Hard Court Championships, she responded, “I just felt like I couldn’t watch it go by and not participate. It’s nice to have something to focus on and to keep myself in shape and try to keep myself young.”
It is obvious Nideffer’s competitive fire on the tennis court is still alive. “I want to win it,” she said with a smile. “I would just like to play well. I really don’t know the competition so I have to just focus on my own game, try to get my serve going, be aggressive and go for my shots.”
In men’s singles action on Tuesday, top-seeded Oren Motevassel reached the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Carter Hedrick of Manhattan Beach, Calif. Third-seeded Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo, Calif. and fourth-seeded Martin Barba of San Diego also advanced to the fourth round with straight set victories.
In addition to men’s and women’s singles, the National 40 Hard Court doubles and mixed doubles events are scheduled. Also on the agenda is the USTA National Father and Son and Grandfather and Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships beginning Friday, November 30, with matches concluding Sunday, December 2.
By Fred Sidhu
For complete tournament draws, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=115645
USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Oren Motevassel (1), Rancho Mirage, def. Carter Hedrick, Manhattan Beach, 6-2, 6-2
Jeff Greenwald (3), San Anselmo, def. German Aragon, Chula Vista, 6-2, 6-1
Martin Barba (4), San Diego, def. Long Tran, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Julien Heine (5), Laguna Beach, def. Richman Bry, Santa Monica, 6-0, 6-1
Daniel Marting (7), Phoenix, Ariz., def. Leonardo Goldstein, San Diego, 6-1, 6-0
Todd Nelson (9), San Diego, def. Charles Hardman, Rancho Santa Fe, 6-0, 6-0
James Dao (9), Santa Ana, def. Jimmy Gleason, Laguna Beach, 6-3, 6-3
Kerry Safdie (9), San Diego, def. Wade Murphy, Rancho Palos Verdes, 6-0, 6-0
Jon Tyrell, Sierra Madre, def. Rand Hogen, La Jolla, 6-2, 6-1
Nelson Alapi (9), La Jolla, def. Barry Ponticello, La Jolla, 7-6(1), 6-4
Patrick Rost (9), San Diego, def. Robert Simmons, San Diego, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
Carsten Hoffmann (6), Corona Del Mar, def. Leo Bravo, San Diego, 6-3, 6-2
Amir Abramov (9), Melbourne Beach, Fla., def. Todd Anderson, Camarillo, 6-4, 6-2
Jason Welborn (9), San Diego, def. Roberto Ancira, San Diego, 6-3, 6-3
Damian Mooney, Manhattan Beach, def. Albert Cohen, San Diego, 6-0, 6-1
Teet Ratsep, Aliso Viejo, def. John Ziegler (9), Chappaqua, N.Y., 6-0, 6-2
Dina McBride (1), Woodland Hills, def. Tai Sisson, San Dimas, 6-1, 6-0
Ros Nideffer (2), San Diego, def. Julie Gaynor, Las Vegas, Nev., 6-3, 6-1
Deborah Higa (3), Solana Beach, def. Jill Delavega, Encinitas, 6-0, 4-1, (ret.)
Ginger Phillips (4), Louisville, Colo. def. Fanny Gamble, San Rafael, 6-3, 6-7(1), 7-6(5)
Stephanie Stone (5), Carpinteria, def. Quynh Le, Irvine, 6-0, 6-4
Marlo Carruth (6), Studio City, def. Karyn Kobayashi, Carlsbad, 6-0, 6-0
Carolyn Nichols (7), Rancho Santa Fe, def. Sheila Weinstock, Solana Beach, 6-1, 6-1
Christina Kaus, San Diego, def. Mariko Atoji, San Diego, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
For complete scores and tournament draws, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=115645