SAN DIEGO’S HIROMI SASANO CROWNED WOMEN’S SINGLES
CHAMPION AT USTA NATIONAL 40 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS 4th Seeded Oren Motevassel to Face 6th Seeded Jeff Greenwald in Men’s Singles Final La Jolla, Calif. – (December 3, 2016) – Fourth-seeded Hiromi Sasano of San Diego defeated top-seeded Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., 6-1, 5-5, ret., to capture the women’s singles title at the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
McBride, who was attempting to win the National 40 Hard Court Championships for the third time after winning titles in 2012 and 2014, suffered a right leg injury in the 11th game of the second set and was unable to continue the match.
The 41-year-old Sasano, a native of Chiba, Japan, jumped out to a quick start in the championship match and won the first set in 30 minutes as she broke McBride’s serve in the third, fifth and seventh games with the loss of only three points.
In the second set, Sasano continued her strong play, capitalizing on two service breaks to build a commanding 5-2 lead. However, the momentum of the set began to swing in McBride’s favor as she cut down on her unforced errors and began extending the rallies.
McBride staged a spirited comeback and won the next three games to knot the set at 5-5. With Sasano serving in the 11th game, McBride held a break point at 30-40, when she suffered her injury and was forced to retire.
Following the match, Sasano was overcome with mixed emotions. She was excited to win the match, but she also knew what McBride was going through. In last year’s tournament, Sasano had to retire from her second-round match after one game due to a back injury and was taken off the court in a wheelchair.
“It was an exciting match. In the first set, I told myself to attack, because that’s how I play. In the second set I lost a little patience and I was a little tight. Overall I thought I played well,” Sasano said. “I had a goal of getting a (USTA) gold ball this year. It’s awesome. That’s what I wanted since last year.”
The men’s singles final, which will take place at 9 a.m. (PST) on Sunday, will feature two former tournament champions. Fourth-seeded Oren Motevassel of San Jose, Calif, the singles champion in 2011 and 2012, will take on 2009 singles champion Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo, Calif.
The 49-year-old Motevassel, who reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 161 on the ATP World Tour in 1997, reached Sunday’s final with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 semifinal victory over fifth-seeded Jesse Walter of Mercer Island, Wash.
The 50-year-old Greenwald, who is seeded sixth, continued his remarkable tournament run as he stunned top-seeded Stuart Ross Duncan of Laguna Beach, Calif., 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in a three-hour semifinal match.
Admission for spectators is free and onsite parking is available for a nominal fee.
The USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships will conclude on Sunday.
The Father/Son Championship has been held continuously at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since 1959, and attracts the top father and son tennis teams in the nation. The Grandfather/Grandson Championship is a relatively new competitive division that started at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in 2003.
Designated one of the Top 100 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship. The Club will be hosting the 128th edition of The Pacific Coast Mens’ Doubles Championships in March 2017, and the USTA National Hard Court Championships for Womens’ 50-90 age groups in May 2017.
USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club La Jolla, Calif. Saturday’s Results
Women’s Singles Championship
Hiromi Sasano (4), San Diego, def. Dina McBride (1), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., 6-1, 5-5, ret. (injury)
Men’s Singles Semifinals
Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Stuart Duncan (1), Laguna Beach, Calif., 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
Oren Motevassel (4), San Jose, Calif., def. Jesse Walter (5), Mercer Island, Wash., 3-6, 6-1, 6-3