December 11, 2016

Jeff Greenwald Wins USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

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JEFF GREENWALD RECEIVES WALKOVER IN MEN’S SINGLES
FINAL AT USTA NATIONAL 40 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS

4th Seeded Oren Motevassel Unable to Play Due to Right Knee Injury
La Jolla, Calif. – (December 4, 2016) – It was a highly-anticipated men’s singles final at the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships as sixth-seeded Jeff Greenwald, the 2009 champion, was ready to take on fourth-seeded Oren Motevassel, who won the tournament title in 2011 and 2012.

Since winning the title seven years ago, Greenwald had met Motevassel in the National 40 Hard Court Championships on four occasions, including three times in the semifinals, and had lost each encounter. The 50-year-old Greenwald was excited to get another shot at Motevassel, especially with the title on the line.

On Sunday morning, both players stepped onto Court 1 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club for the traditional pre-match warm-up. However, at the conclusion of the warm-up, Motevassel announced he was unable to play due to a right knee injury. Greenwald was awarded the title with a walkover.

“It’s not the way I wanted it. I was shocked and extremely disappointed to come out and get ready for a final. You’re excited and have your plan and you want to see if you can execute it. I was very disappointed,” Greenwald said after learning that Motevassel could not compete in the final.

Earlier this summer, Greenwald won the singles title at the USTA National 50 Hard Court Championships in Santa Barbara, Calif.  After dealing with several injuries, he was unsure if would play this week’s tournament in La Jolla. Shortly before the entry deadline, he decided to enter the event.

“After that tournament, it seemed to take a toll on me. I had some nagging injuries for about two months. Eventually it resolved itself about six weeks ago. I wasn’t planning on playing (National 40) this year because of family and the commitment,” Greenwald said.

Thanks to his last-minute decision to enter the event, Greenwald went on to complete an incredible run to the title, which included a hard-fought 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 victory over top-seeded Stuart Ross Duncan in Saturday’s semifinals that took three hours to complete.

“Yesterday’s match was probably the toughest match I’ve ever played. He (Duncan) was so fit, so fast and so relentless. He was not giving up very many errors,” Greenwald added. “I had to dig as deep as I ever had to dig to find the energy.  It gives me some comfort that I earned the opportunity to be out here today.”

For final tournament results and updated draws for each division, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902

The USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships concluded on Sunday. The top-seeded team of Peter and Tanner Smith of Long Beach, Calif., defeated second-seeded Bruce Man Son Hing and Bruce Man Son Hing, Jr., of Calabasas, Calif., 6-2, 6-2 to win the Father/Son National title.

In the Grandfather/Grandson National final, third-seeded Chase Helpingstine of San Francisco and Ronald Keiger of Wilmington, N.C., teamed for a 6-0, 6-0 victory over the unseeded team of Bob Hoffman of West Hempstead, N.Y. and Christopher Schwab of Massapequa, N.Y.

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.

About the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. – The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company dedicated to the operation of a 14-acre beachside resort. The resort includes three properties, including the exclusive La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the 128-room La Jolla Shores Hotel and The Marine Room restaurant. Resort amenities include 14 championship tennis courts, a nine-hole par-3 golf course, two swimming pools, two additional oceanfront restaurants and cocktail lounges, and one of Southern California’s only private beaches. For more information visit www.LJBTC.com.
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USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Sunday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Championship

Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Oren Motevassel (4), San Jose, Calif., Walkover (injury)

Men’s Doubles
Championship

Michael Noel (1), Bakersfield, Calif., and Peter Smith, Long Beach, Calif., def. Patrick Crow (7), Lake Forest, Calif., and Jeff Tarango, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-1

Women’s Doubles
Championship

Eleanor Hammargren (1) and Jennifer Lyons, San Clemente, Calif., def. Amy Alcini (3), Malibu, Calif., and Carolina Blouin, Augusta, Ga., 6-1, 6-3

Mixed Doubles
Championship

Tracie Currie (1), and William Quest, Ventura, Calif., def. Brett Buffington (3), La Jolla and Ros Nideffer, San Diego, 6-3, 6-1

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Hiromi Sasano Wins Wins Women’s Singles at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

Hiromi Sasano

Hiromi Sasano

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.

For the latest tournament results and updated draws for each division, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902

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

For complete scores and results, go to: tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902#&&s=8Results2

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Saturday Schedule – USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

Dina McBride

Dina McBride

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Saturday’s Schedule

Women’s Singles
Championship — 9 a.m. (PST)
Dina McBride (1), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., vs. Hiromi Sasano (4), San Diego

Men’s Singles
Semifinals — 10:30 a.m. (PST)
Stuart Duncan (1), Laguna Beach, Calif., vs. Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, Calif.
Oren Motevassel (4), San Jose, Calif., vs. Jesse Walter (5), Mercer Island, Wash.

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Three-Time Defending Champion Tony Bujan Beaten at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships 

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La Jolla, Calif. – (December 1, 2016) – There will be a new men’s singles champion this year at the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships after fifth-seeded Jesse Walter of Mercer Island, Wash., scored a dramatic 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-3 quarterfinal victory over three-time defending champion Tony Bujan at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

After losing the first set that took nearly 90 minutes to complete, Walter rebounded in the second set, securing a critical service break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. Later in the 10th game of the set, Walter fought off three break points to hold serve and win the set to even the match at one set all.

In the third set, Walter built a 3-1 lead with an early service break and went on to close out the match in three hours and 18 minutes, ending Bujan’s three-year reign as the USTA National 40 Hard Court men’s singles champion.

Walter advances to a semifinal meeting with fourth-seeded Oren Motevassel of San Jose, Calif., on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (PST). The 49-year-old Motevassel, a former touring professional on the ATP World Tour, won the tournament singles title in 2011 and 2012.

Top-seeded Stuart Ross Duncan of Laguna Beach, Calif., faced his toughest test of the tournament so far, but managed to overcome eighth-seeded Leon Bax of Mountain View, Calif., 6-4, 7-5. Duncan will face sixth-seeded Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo, Calif., in the semifinals on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (PST). Greenwald, a former tournament champion, won the singles title in 2009.

In the women’s singles draw, fourth-seeded Hiromi Sasano, a 41-year-old native of Chiba, Japan, eliminated fellow San Diegan and second-seed Ros Nideffer 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4 in a thrilling semifinal match on Court No. 2 that lasted three-hours and 25 minutes.

After dropping the first set tiebreaker, Sasano fell behind 4-2 in the second set, but rallied to win four games in a row to send the match to a deciding third set, where she broke Nideffer in the critical ninth game to clinch the victory.

Sasano, a San Diego-based tennis teaching professional, will play in the women’s singles final on Saturday at 9 a.m. (PST), against number-one seed and former two-time tournament champion Dina McBride, who blanked third-seeded Fanny Gamble of San Rafael, Calif., 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals.

For the latest tournament results and updated draws for each division, please go to the following link:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902

The starting times for the final three days of the tournament will be as follows: Friday, Dec. 2 – 8 a.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 – 9 a.m. (All times are PST). 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 take center stage on Friday with early-round matches on the tournament schedule. Both Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson events will conclude on Sunday.

Among the entries in the USTA National Father/Son Championship are former ATP World Tour players:

Brad Gilbert – Former Top 5 singles player in the world and former coach of Andre Agassi and Andy Murray. He is currently a Tennis Analyst for ESPN.
Murphy Jensen – 1993 French Open Doubles Champion.
Jonathan Stark – Former No. 1 doubles player in the world.
Jeff Tarango – Former Top 50 in singles and Top 10 in doubles in the world.
Erik van Dillen – Represented the U.S. in 14 Davis Cup ties.

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.

RadioTennis.com will broadcast the final weekend of the tournament. Live audio play-by-play coverage will be available on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4. Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide the web cast commentary. Go to RadioTennis.com for additional information.

 

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Thursday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Quarterfinals
Stuart Duncan (1), Laguna Beach, Calif., def. Leon Bax (8), Mountain View, Calif., 6-4, 7-5
Oren Motevassel (4), San Jose, Calif., def. Joshua Prager (13), Yuba City, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
Jesse Walter (5), Mercer Island, Wash., def. Tony Bujan (2), Tustin, Calif., 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-3
Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Marcio Carlsson (3), Newport Beach, Calif., 3-2, ret. (injury)

Women’s Singles
Semifinals
Dina McBride (1), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., def. Fanny Gamble (3), San Rafael, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
Hiromi Sasano (4), San Diego, def. Ros Nideffer (2), San Diego, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4

For complete scores and results, go to: tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902#&&s=8Results2

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Women’s Semifinals Set at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

Dina McBride

Dina McBride

WOMEN’S SINGLES SEMIFINAL PAIRINGS SET AT
USTA NATIONAL 40 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Top-Seed Duncan and 2nd Seeded Bujan Advance to Men’s Quarterfinals
La Jolla, Calif. – (November 30, 2016) – Top-seeded Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., and second-seeded Ros Nideffer of San Diego (Rancho Bernardo) dominated their opponents in Wednesday’s quarterfinal action to advance to the women’s singles semifinals of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

McBride, a two-time former tournament champion, used an all-court game to eliminate unseeded Mariko Atoji of San Diego, 6-1, 6-1 in 58 minutes. McBride will play her semifinal match on Thursday at 9 a.m. (PST) against third-seeded Fanny Gamble of San Rafael, Calif.

Nideffer, a former WTA touring professional, scored a convincing 6-0, 6-2 victory over unseeded Carolina Blouin of Augusta, Ga., to set up a semifinal match against fourth-seeded Hiromi Sasano of La Mesa, Calif., which is scheduled for Thursday at 9 a.m. (PST).

Earlier this year, the 56-year-old Nideffer captured the USTA National 50 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. She entered this week’s National 40 tournament in an effort to raise the level of her game.

“I was playing a little bit more and I was hoping with that motivation to practice, that I would be able to up my game to a higher level. I’ve been trying to serve and volley a little bit more and trying to work on my first serve,” said Nideffer, who reached the Wimbledon singles quarterfinals in 1989 and 1988. “Knowing that I have to compete against younger players is a good motivation.”

Even though Nideffer has lost only three games in her two tournament matches this week, she is careful not to take her semifinal opponent lightly. “My next match is really tough. Hiromi is young and fit and hits the ball well. She’s match tough. I’ve got my work cut out for me,” Nideffer said.

In the men’s singles draw, top-seeded Stuart Ross Duncan of Laguna Beach, Calif., continued his strong play as he breezed past 14th seeded Kerry Safdie of San Diego, 6-0, 6-1 in fourth-round action. Duncan, who has dropped only two games in three matches, will play eighth-seeded Leon Bax of Mountain View, Calif., in a quarterfinal match on Thursday at 9 a.m. (PST).

Three-time defending men’s singles champion Tony Bujan faced a tough test in his fourth-round encounter, but came through with a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 victory over ninth-seeded Ryan Pang of Mercer Island, Wash. Bujan, seeded second, will face fifth-seeded Jesse Walter of Mercer Island, Wash., in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 9 a.m. (PST).

For the latest tournament results and updated draws for each division, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902

The starting times for each day of the tournament will be as follows: Thursday, Dec. 1 and Friday, Dec. 2 – 8 a.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 – 9 a.m. (All times are PST). Admission for spectators is free and onsite parking is available for a nominal fee.

Also on the agenda is the USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships beginning Friday, Dec. 2, with matches concluding Sunday, Dec. 4. Among the entries in the USTA National Father/Son Championship are former ATP World Tour players:

Brad Gilbert – Former Top 5 singles player in the world and former coach of Andre Agassi and Andy Murray. He is currently a Tennis Analyst for ESPN.
Murphy Jensen – 1993 French Open Doubles Champion.
Jonathan Stark – Former No. 1 doubles player in the world.
Jeff Tarango – Former Top 50 in singles and Top 10 in doubles in the world.
Erik van Dillen – Represented the U.S. in 14 Davis Cup ties.

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.

RadioTennis.com will broadcast the final weekend of the tournament. Live audio play-by-play coverage will be available on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4. Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide the web cast commentary. Go to RadioTennis.com for additional information.

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.

About the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. – The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company dedicated to the operation of a 14-acre beachside resort. The resort includes three properties, including the exclusive La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the 128-room La Jolla Shores Hotel and The Marine Room restaurant. Resort amenities include 14 championship tennis courts, a nine-hole par-3 golf course, two swimming pools, two additional oceanfront restaurants and cocktail lounges, and one of Southern California’s only private beaches. For more information visit www.LJBTC.com.
 

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Wednesday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Fourth Round
Stuart Duncan (1), Laguna Beach, Calif., def. Kerry Safdie (14), San Diego, 6-0, 6-1
Tony Bujan (2), Tustin, Calif., def. Ryan Pang (9), Mercer Island, Wash., 6-4, 6-4
Marcio Carlsson (3), Newport Beach, Calif., def.  Michael Chang (11), Anaheim, Calif., 7-5, 6-2
Oren Motevassel (4), San Jose, Calif., def. Julien Heine (12), Laguna Beach, Calif., 6-0, 6-2
Jesse Walter (5), Mercer Island, Wash., def. Nicolas Chasseray, San Francisco, 6-2, 6-1
Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Danny Castro, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 6-3, 6-1
Leon Bax (8), Mountain View, Calif., def. Daniel Hiddleson (10), Kentfield, Calif., 0-6, 6-3, 6-1
Joshua Prager (13), Yuba City, Calif., def. Scott Lindsey (7), Roswell, Ga., 5-7, 6-4, 7-5

Women’s Singles
Quarterfinals
Dina McBride (1), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., def. Mariko Atoji, San Diego, 6-1, 6-1
Ros Nideffer (2), San Diego, def. Carolina Blouin, Augusta, Ga., 6-0, 6-2
Fanny Gamble (3), San Rafael, Calif., def. Cindi Juncal, San Clemente, Calif., 6-0, 6-2
Hiromi Sasano (4), La Mesa, def. Maria Nunez, San Diego, 6-1, 6-1

For complete scores and results, go to: tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902#&&s=8Results2

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Top Seeds Advance at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

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TOP MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SEEDS EASILY ADVANCE
AT USTA NATIONAL 40 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Wednesday’s Action to Begin at 8 a.m. (PST) at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club

La Jolla, Calif. – (November 29, 2016) – Top-seeded Stuart Ross Duncan of Laguna Beach, Calif., and second-seeded Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., scored impressive straight-set victories to easily advance to the fourth round of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.Playing on Court No. 1 on a bright, sunny day, the 40-year-old Duncan took only 50 minutes to dispatch unseeded Matthew Conrad of Wichita, Kan., 6-0, 6-0. He will face 14th seeded Kerry Safdie of San Diego on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. (PST).

Bujan, the three-time defending men’s singles champion, eliminated unseeded Michael Peltz of Irvine, Calif., 6-1, 6-0 on Court No. 2. Bujan will take on ninth-seeded Ryan Pang of Mercer Island, Wash., on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. (PST).

This year marks the first time Duncan is playing in the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships. In 2011 and 2012 he captured the singles title at the USTA National 35 Hard Court Championships.

Duncan, who played in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in 1996 while playing for Pepperdine University, said he feels humbled to enter this week’s tournament as the number one seed and knows he’ll have to play well to win the USTA National 40 Hard Court singles title.

“I just have to go out there and play to win. I’m going to have to play aggressively. There are some really strong players. Some guys aren’t even seeded. There are a lot of dark horses out there,” Duncan said. “It would be a dream for me to win. It feels like a pro tournament. It’s by far the best National I’ve ever been to.”

In the women’s singles draw, top-seeded Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., blanked Tai Sisson of San Dimas, Calif., 6-0, 6-0 to reach the quarterfinals. She will play San Diego’s Mariko Atoji on Wednesday at 10 a.m. (PST).

Second-seeded Ros Nideffer of San Diego (Rancho Bernardo) also advanced to the quarterfinals as she cruised past Heather Walsh of Cabin John, Md., 6-1, 6-0. Nideffer, a former WTA touring professional, will go up against Carolina Blouin of Augusta, Ga., on Wednesday.

For the latest tournament results and updated draws for each division, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902The starting times for each day of the tournament will be as follows: Wednesday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 2 – 8 a.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 – 9 a.m. (All times are PST). Admission for spectators is free and onsite parking is available for a nominal fee.

Also on the agenda is the USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships beginning Friday, Dec. 2, with matches concluding Sunday, Dec. 4. Among the entries in the USTA National Father/Son Championship are former ATP World Tour players:

Brad Gilbert – Former Top 5 singles player in the world and former coach of Andre Agassi and Andy Murray. He is currently a Tennis Analyst for ESPN.
Murphy Jensen – 1993 French Open Doubles Champion.
Jonathan Stark – Former No. 1 doubles player in the world.
Jeff Tarango – Former Top 50 in singles and Top 10 in doubles in the world.
Erik van Dillen – Represented the U.S. in 14 Davis Cup ties.

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.

RadioTennis.com will broadcast the final weekend of the tournament. Live audio play-by-play coverage will be available on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4. Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide the web cast commentary. Go to RadioTennis.com for additional information.

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Tuesday’s Results

Men’s Singles
Third Round
Stuart Duncan (1), Laguna Beach, Calif., def. Matthew Conrad, Wichita, Kan., 6-0, 6-0
Tony Bujan (2), Tustin, Calif., def.  Michael Peltz, Irvine, Calif., 6-1, 6-0
Oren Motevassel (4), San Jose, Calif., def. Samuel Schroerlucke, Memphis, Tenn., 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Jesse Walter (5), Mercer Island, Wash., def. Greg Failla, Ramona, 6-3, 6-1
Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Patrick Crow, Lake Forest, Calif., 6-4, 6-2
Scott Lindsey (7), Roswell, Ga., def. Leonardo Goldstein, San Diego, 6-1, 6-3
Leon Bax (8), Mountain View, Calif., def. Jesse Ponwith, Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-4, 6-4
Ryan Pang (9), Mercer Island, Wash., def. Patrick Rost, San Diego, 6-1, 6-3
Daniel Hiddleson (10), Kentfield, Calif., def. Elson De Cantuaria, Santa Ana, Calif., 6-4, 1-0, ret.
Michael Chang (11), Anaheim, Calif., def. Constantine Ananiadis, Wellington, Ohio, 6-2, 6-3
Nicolas Chasseray, San Francisco, def. Wade Murphy, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-0, 6-2
Joshua Prager (13), Yuba City, Calif., def. Shibu Lal, Novato, Calif., 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Danny Castro, San Luis Obispo, Calif., def. Jeff Thomsen, Newport Beach, Calif., 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Women’s Singles
Second Round
Dina McBride (1), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., def. Tai Sisson, San Dimas, 6-0, 6-0
Ros Nideffer (2), San Diego, def. Heather Walsh, Cabin John, Md., 6-0, 6-1
Hiromi Sasano (4), La Mesa, def. Dianne Lee, Austin, Texas, 6-0, 6-0
Carolina Blouin, Augusta, Ga., def. Bethann Valine, San Diego, 6-2, 6-2
Maria Nunez, San Diego, def. Nevanna Sacks, La Jolla, 7-6 (6), 6-0
Cindi Juncal, San Clemente, Calif., def. Vanessa Bogenholm, Los Gatos, Calif., 6-4, 6-0
Mariko Atoji, San Diego, def. Terri Bourne, La Jolla, 6-0, 6-0

 

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Three-Time Defending Men’s Singles Champion Tony Bujan Opens with Win at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championship

Tony Bujan

Tony Bujan

(November 28, 2016) La Jolla, Calif. – After a first-round bye, three-time defending men’s singles champion Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., defeated Cornel Catrina of Irvine, Calif., 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the third round of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

Bujan, an Orange County-based tennis professional who is seeded second, is attempting to become the first player to win the National 40 Hard Court singles title four consecutive years, a feat that has never been accomplished in the history of the tournament which began in 1981.

“I played pretty good today. It would be nice to win a fourth (title), but I don’t look that far ahead. This is by far the toughest draw since I’ve been coming here. If I play really well, I have a chance,” said the 46-year-old Bujan. “I’m kind of amazed I’ve been winning here so often. I think everybody is coming for me this year. If I can win, it’s great, but for me it’s about playing well and having fun.”

In the top half of the men’s singles draw, top-seeded Stuart Duncan of Laguna Beach, Calif., cruised into the third round with an impressive 6-0, 6-1 victory over Brian Matek of Placentia, Calif.  Duncan played collegiate tennis at Pepperdine University and won singles titles at the USTA National 35 Hard Court Championships in 2011 and 2012.

In Tuesday’s third-round action, Duncan will face unseeded Matthew Conrad of Wichita, Kan., at 9:30 a.m., while Bujan will take on unseeded Michael Peltz of Irvine, Calif., at 10 a.m.

In the women’s singles draw, top-seeded Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., and second-seeded Ros Nideffer of San Diego (Rancho Bernardo), received first-round byes and will play their respective opening round matches on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

McBride, a former two-time tournament singles champion, captured the title in 2012 and 2014. Nideffer is a former WTA touring professional who reached the Wimbledon singles quarterfinals in 1989 and 1988 and was ranked as high as No. 15 in the world. She won the USTA National 40 Hard Court title in 2009.

For the latest tournament results and updated draws for each division, please go to the following link:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902

The starting times for each day of the tournament will be as follows: Tuesday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Dec. 2 – 8 a.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 – 9 a.m. (All times are PST). Admission for spectators is free and onsite parking is available for a nominal fee.

Also on the agenda is the USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships beginning Friday, Dec. 2, with matches concluding Sunday, Dec. 4. Among the entries in the USTA National Father/Son Championship are former ATP World Tour players:

Brad Gilbert – Former Top 5 singles player in the world and former coach of Andre Agassi and Andy Murray. He is currently a Tennis Analyst for ESPN.
Murphy Jensen – 1993 French Open Doubles Champion.
Jonathan Stark – Former No. 1 doubles player in the world.
Jeff Tarango – Former Top 50 in singles and Top 10 in doubles in the world.
Erik van Dillen – Represented the U.S. in 14 Davis Cup ties.

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.

RadioTennis.com will broadcast the final weekend of the tournament. Live audio play-by-play coverage will be available on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4. Tennis broadcaster Ken Thomas will provide the web cast commentary. Go to RadioTennis.com for additional information.

 

 

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Monday’s ResultsMen’s Singles
First Round
Cornel Catrina, Irvine, Calif., def. Trent Aaron, San Pedro, Calif., 6-4, 6-4
Patrick Rost, San Diego, def. Michael Dong, Sacramento, Calif., 6-2, 7-6-(0)
Greg Failla, Ramona, def. Steve Heroux, Hidden Hills, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
Carlos Mejia, San Ysidro, def. Kamron Khalili, San Clemente, Calif., Walkover
Danny Castro, San Luis Obispo, Calif., def. Jawad Bisharat, La Jolla, 6-1, 6-0
Matthew Conrad, Wichita, Kan., def. Jason Garriotte, Naples, Fla., 7-5, 6-4
Brian Matek, Placentia, Calif., def. Robert Bull, Albuquerque, N.M., 6-2, 7-5
Fredrik Skoglund, Rockville, Md., def. Eddie Fensler, Costa Mesa, Calif., 6-2, 6-3
Christopher Criblez, Laguna Hills, Calif., def. Jon Idemoto, San Francisco, 6-3, 6-2

Second Round
Stuart Duncan (1), Laguna Beach, Calif., def. Brian Matek, Placentia, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Tony Bujan (2), Tustin, Calif., def. Cornel Catrina, Irvine, Calif., 6-1, 6-3
Marcio Carlsson (3), Newport Beach, Calif., def. Joshua Schwartz, San Diego, 6-0, 6-1
Oren Motevassel (4), San Jose, Calif., def. David Robles, Carlsbad, 6-1, 6-3
Jesse Walter (5), Mercer Island, Wash., def. Damian Mooney, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 6-2, 6-1
Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Jan Gleisner, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Scott Lindsey (7), Roswell, Ga., def. Richard Sotelo, Mililani, Hawaii, 6-2, 6-0
Leon Bax (8), Mountain View, Calif., def. Laurent Yung, San Diego, 6-1, 6-1
Ryan Pang (9), Mercer Island, Wash., def. Ali Zarrabi, Pomona, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
Daniel Hiddleson (10), Kentfield, Calif., def. Carl Flint, Yorba Linda, Calif., 6-2, 6-1
Michael Chang (11), Anaheim, Calif., def. Grant Watkins (San Diego, CA) 6-3, 6-3
Joshua Prager (13), Yuba City, Calif., def. Eugenio Casta, San Diego, 6-3, 6-0
Kerry Safdie (14), San Diego, def. Kosei Ohno, Kirkland, Wash., 6-0, 6-2
Michael Peltz, Irvine, Calif., def. Nelson Alapi, La Jolla, 6-3, 6-2
Patrick Rost, San Diego, def. Marco Jimenez, San Diego, 6-2, 6-2
Wade Murphy, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., def. Patrick Phillips, La Jolla, 6-1, 6-0
Jeffrey Owens, Simi Valley, Calif., def. Micah Oliver, La Verne, Calif., 6-1, 6-2
Leonardo Goldstein, San Diego, def. Carlos Mejia, San Ysidro, 6-0, 5-7, 7-6, (7 5)
Jesse Ponwith, Scottsdale, Ariz., def. Aaron Stark, Carlsbad, 6-1, 6-2
Matthew Conrad, Wichita, Kan., def. Daniel Williams, El Centro, Calif., 6-2, 6-2
Greg Failla, Ramona, def. Manuel Ortiz, La Jolla, 6-0, 6-1
Nicolas Chasseray, San Francisco, def. Franklin Da Silva (16), Newport Beach, Calif., 6-0, 6-4
Samuel Schroerlucke, Memphis, Tenn., def. Brandon Moglen, Los Angeles, 6-1, 6-2
Shibu Lal, Novato, Calif., def. Remus Siclovan, Winnetka, Calif., 6-0, 6-2
Danny Castro, San Luis Obispo, Calif., def. Bruce Beinlich, Fullerton, Calif., 6-3, 6-2
Jeff Thomsen, Newport Beach, Calif., def. William Casas (15), Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif., 6-2, 6-2
Patrick Crow, Lake Forest, Calif., def. Amir Abramov, Melbourne Beach, Fla., 6-1, 6-1
Constantine Ananiadis, Wellington, Ohio, def. Juan Araque, Yorba Linda, Calif., 6-2, 6-4
Elson De Cantuaria, Santa Ana, Calif., def. Richard Spurling, Los Angeles, 6-1, 6-4
Joshua Habig, San Diego, def. Fernando Zuliani, Newport Beach, Calif., 6-3, 6-2

Women’s Singles
First Round
Tai Sisson, San Dimas, Calif., def. Jessica Balgrosky, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Carolina Blouin, Augusta, Ga., def. Christine Anzai, San Diego, 6-3, 6-3
Dianne Lee, Austin, Texas, def. Lisa Otten, Carlsbad, 6-0, 6-0
Cindi Juncal, San Clemente, Calif., def. Nina Trowbridge, Kentfield, Calif., 6-1, 6-0
Kimberly Greason, Arvada, Colo., def. Cynthia Delgado, La Jolla, 6-2, 6-1

For complete scores and results, go to: tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902#&&s=8Results2

 

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USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships — La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, La Jolla, Calif.

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ENTRY DEADLINE FOR USTA NATIONAL 40 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
AT LA JOLLA BEACH & TENNIS CLUB SET FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13
La Jolla, Calif. – (November 9, 2016) – The deadline to enter the upcoming United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Men’s and Women’s 40 Hard Court Championships is Sunday, November 13. The national tennis tournament is scheduled to take place November 28 through December 4, 2016 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037.

Competition is slated for men and women in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events for players 40 and over (players must reach or exceed the age of 40 at any time in this calendar year to be eligible). The annual tennis event attracts players from across the U.S., including former touring professionals and the nation’s strongest players in this age group.

Players, who have not entered yet, can register for the tournament at the following link:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170902

“We are expecting an outstanding field of competitors for this year’s USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships,” said Tournament Director Bill Kellogg. “I encourage all interested players to complete their tournament entry as soon as possible before Sunday’s deadline.”

The week-long national tennis tournament will feature both singles and doubles matches starting on Monday, November 28 and the event will continue throughout the week. Also on the agenda is the USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships beginning Friday, December 2, with matches concluding Sunday, December 4.

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. Draws will be posted at the Beach Club and will be available via LJBTC.com. There is no spectator admission charge during the tournament and onsite parking is available for a nominal fee.

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Amy Frazier Wins USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

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La Jolla, Calif. – (December 4, 2015) – Former touring professional Amy Frazier of Rochester, Mich., capped a great week at the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships as she defeated second-seed and defending champion Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., 6-1, 6-3 to win the women’s singles title.

The top-seeded Frazier, who won eight career WTA singles titles and four doubles championships, was playing in her first USTA National Senior tournament since she retired from the women’s professional tennis tour in 2006.

On a cool, overcast morning at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Frazier, 43, won the first set of the women’s final in 28 minutes as she broke McBride’s serve four times. Frazier, who played in the singles draws of 71 Grand Slam tournaments during her professional career, continued her solid play in the second set as she held serve at love in the opening game and went on to take a 4-1 lead.

McBride, a tennis teaching professional who was attempting to win her third tournament singles title, came back to win the next two games to close Frazier’s second set lead to 4-3, but Frazier quickly got back on track, dropping only three points in the final two games to close out the match in 64 minutes.

“Yesterday really helped me, having such a tough match. Today I played the big points better,” Frazier said. “It was great. I had a really fun week. It was a fun event and everyone was so nice. I’m thrilled. It was kind of special that my husband and my daughter were here.”

During her professional tennis career, some of Frazier’s fondest memories came in the San Diego-area as she defeated Steffi Graf in 1999 and Martina Hingis in 2000 at an upper-level WTA tournament in nearby Carlsbad, Calif.

Frazier now has another fond memory in San Diego after adding a USTA Gold Ball to her tennis resume for winning the USTA National 40 Hard Court women’s singles championship.

The men’s singles semifinals are set for Saturday. Top-seeded Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., will play third-seeded Oren Motevassel of San Jose, Calif., while fourth-seeded Marcio Carlsson of Las Vegas, goes up against ninth-seeded David Smith of San Francisco. Both matches will begin at 10:30 a.m. (PST).

Sunday’s men’s singles final is scheduled for 10 a.m. (PST).

To view full draws for each division, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=7Draws2

Matches on Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, will begin at 9 a.m. (PST). Spectator admission is free and on-site parking is available for a nominal fee.

The USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships began on Friday and concludes 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 just a few years ago.

By Fred Sidhu

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Friday’s ResultsWomen’s Singles
Championship
Amy Frazier (1), Rochester, Mich., def. Dina McBride (2), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., 6-1, 6-3Saturday’s Schedule
Men’s Singles
Semifinals
10:30 a.m.
Tony Bujan (1), Tustin, Calif., vs. Oren Motevassel (3), San Jose, Calif.,
Marcio Carlsson (4), Las Vegas, vs. David Smith (9), San Francisco

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=8Results0

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Top Seed Amy Frazier Reaches Final of USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

Amy Frazier

Amy Frazier

La Jolla, Calif. – (December 3, 2015) – It wasn’t easy, but former touring tennis professional Amy Frazier of Rochester, Mich., outlasted third-seeded Jennifer Dawson of Carlsbad, Calif., 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to advance to the women’s singles championship of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships.

Playing in an early morning semifinal at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Frazier won the opening set after scoring a key service break in the ninth game and appeared headed to a straight-set victory as she broke Dawson twice to establish a 4-1 second-set lead.

However, Dawson, a local tennis teaching professional who has represented the United States in international senior competition, rallied and won five straight games to win the second set and even the match.

Frazier opened the third set with a service break and then held for a 2-0 lead. With the support of the home crowd, Dawson once again rallied and after holding serve in the third game, broke Frazier’s serve to tie the set score at 2-2.

Cutting down on errors, Frazier, who was once ranked No. 13 in the world, used her experience and eventually pulled ahead. She broke Dawson’s serve in the fifth and seventh games of the deciding set on her way to the victory, which took two hours.

“It was super tough. She ran down a ton of balls. It was hard. I had to just keep going for my shots,” said Frazier, who is playing in her first USTA Senior National event since retiring from the women’s professional tennis tour in 2006.

“I made some errors because she ran down so many balls. I was just going for too many shots. I got my patience back at the end of the second,” Frazier added. “It could have gone either way. Luckily, I won a few more of the big points in the third (set).”

Defending champion Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., advanced to her second straight women’s final as she breezed past unseeded Fanny Gamble of San Rafael, Calif., 6-1, 6-0 in the other singles semifinal. McBride, a tennis teaching professional, also won the tournament title in 2012.

“I’m looking forward to it (final). Dina won it last year, so obviously it’s going to be a super tough match. I’m just excited to come back tomorrow,” said Frazier as she spoke about the final, which is scheduled for Friday at 10:30 a.m. (PDT).

In men’s quarterfinal action, top-seeded Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., got past fifth-seeded Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo, Calif., 6-3, 6-4 to move into the semifinals. The two-time defending champion will face third-seeded Oren Motevassel of San Jose, Calif., on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (PDT).

Motevassel, a former touring tennis professional who won the National 40 Hard Court singles title in 2011 and 2012, defeated ninth-seeded Jesse Ponwith of Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-1, 6-3.

To view full draws for each division, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=7Draws2

Matches will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. On Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, matches are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. (all times are PST). Spectator admission is free and on-site parking is available for a nominal fee.

Also on the tournament agenda is the USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships, which begins Friday, Dec. 4 and concludes Sunday, Dec. 6. 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 just a few years ago.

By Fred Sidhu

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Thursday’s ResultsMen’s Singles
Quarterfinals
Tony Bujan (1), Tustin, Calif., def. Jeff Greenwald (5), San Anselmo, Calif., 6-3, 6-4
Oren Motevassel (3), San Jose, Calif., def. Jesse Ponwith (9), Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-1, 6-3
Marcio Carlsson (4), Las Vegas, def. Michael Chang (5), Anaheim, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
David Smith (9), San Francisco, def. Shibu Lal, Novato, Calif., 6-2, 6-4Women’s Singles
Semifinals
Amy Frazier (1), Rochester, Mich., def. Jennifer Dawson (3), Carlsbad, Calif., 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
Dina McBride (2), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., def. Fanny Gamble, San Rafael, Calif., 6-1, 6-0Friday’s Schedule
Women’s Singles Championship
10:30 a.m.
Amy Frazier (1), Rochester, Mich., vs. Dina McBride (2), Stevenson Ranch, Calif.

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=8Results0

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