DEFENDING CHAMPION JEFF GREENWALD ADVANCES TO
SEMIFINALS AT USTA NATIONAL 40 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Championships to Start on Friday
La Jolla, Calif. – (November 30, 2017) – Defending singles champion Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo, Calif., fought off five set points in the first set and came back to score a thrilling 7-6 (7), 6-0 victory over fifth-seeded Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., to advance to the semifinals of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
Playing on Court No. 1, the third-seeded Greenwald used an early service break in the first set to take a 3-1 lead and would later go up 5-3. However, Bujan rallied to tie the score at 5-5. After Bujan and Greenwald exchanged service breaks, the first set went to a tie-break.
Playing aggressively from the baseline, Bujan established a 6-2 lead in the tie-breaker and looked to be on his way to winning the first set, but Greenwald, who also won the tournament in 2009, had other ideas and staged an incredible comeback to win seven of the next eight points to win the tie-breaker.
After winning the first set and with the momentum in his favor, Greenwald broke Bujan’s serve three times and swept the second set at love in 26 minutes.
Following his victory, which took one-hour and 47 minutes, the 51-year-old Greenwald spoke about how critical it was for him to win the opening set of the quarterfinal match.
“It was crucial. In a match like this, it was very important. To lose that first set would have been really tough. I was planning on staying out there as long as it took,” Greenwald said. “He’s (Bujan) a great competitor and doesn’t give you a whole lot. He’s a tough guy to play and I was lucky to get through that first set for sure.”
Greenwald credited his serve for helping him get past the 47-year-old Bujan, who is a former three-time tournament singles champion.
“I started to go for my first serve late in the tiebreaker. When I was down, I hit a few big serves. I continued to do that in the second set which helped give me some free points,” he said. “I didn’t have to work as hard for every single point. That gave me a boost in confidence.”
Greenwald will take on second-seeded Samuel Schroerlucke of Memphis, Tenn., in Saturday’s semifinals at 10:30 a.m. Schroerlucke led 16th seeded Jeff Thomsen of Newport Beach, Calif., 7-5, 2-0 in the quarterfinals when Thomsen retired with an injury.
Defending champion Hiromi Sasano of La Mesa, Calif., blanked third-seeded Lizl Kotz of Mount Pleasant, S.C., 6-0, 6-0 in 55 minutes to advance to Saturday’s women’s singles final, which is scheduled to begin not before noon.
Sasano, who is seeded No. 1 in the women’s draw, will face second-seeded Dina McBride of Valencia, Calif., in the singles championship. McBride, a former two-time tournament champion, eliminated fourth-seeded Francesca Lao of San Francisco 6-2, 7-5 in her semifinal match.
Saturday’s meeting in the women’s final between Sasano and McBride will be a rematch of last year’s championship. Sasano captured the 2016 title when McBride suffered a leg injury in the first set and was forced to retire from the match.
The starting times for the tournament will be as follows: (All Times are PST) 8 a.m. – Friday, December 1
9 a.m. – Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3
The USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships get underway on Friday, December 1, with matches concluding Sunday, December 3. 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.
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis spectators to view the matches. There is no spectator admission charge and onsite parking is available for a nominal fee.
On Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, fans can tune-in to RadioTennis.com at 10:30 a.m. (PST) to listen to live audio play-by-play of the day’s matches on Court No. 1. Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide the live web cast commentary at https://radiotennis.com/ .
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 129th edition of this popular tournament March 1-4, 2018, as well as both the USTA National Hard Court Championships for Womens’ 50-90 age groups and the 46th Annual Men’s Senior Championships May 7-13, 2018.
USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club La Jolla, Calif. Thursday’s Results
Men’s Singles Quarterfinals
David McNamara (1), Delray Beach, Fla., def. Ryan Pang (5), Mercer Island, Wash., 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
Stuart Duncan (4), Laguna Beach, Calif., def. Dan Hiddleson (5), San Anselmo, Calif., 6-2, 2-6, 7-5
Jeff Greenwald (3), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Tony Bujan (5), Tustin, Calif., 7-6 (7), 6-0
Samuel Schroerlucke (2), Memphis, Tenn., def. Jeff Thomsen (16), Newport Beach, Calif., 7-5, 2-0, ret. (injury)
Women’s Singles Semifinals
Hiromi Sasano (1), La Mesa, def. Lizl Kotz (3), Mount Pleasant, S.C., 6-0, 6-0
Dina McBride (2), Valencia, Calif., def. Francesca Lao (4), San Francisco, 6-2, 7-5