Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bay Area's Saviano stuns fifth seed in national 40s

   Unseeded John Saviano of Los Altos Hills surprised fifth-seeded Greg Failla of Ramona 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 Wednesday in the round of 16 at the USTA National Men's and Women's 40 Hard Court Championships in La Jolla.
   Saviano is scheduled to meet top seed and defending champion Jeff Tarango of Manhattan Beach on Thursday morning in the quarterfinals. The 43-year-old Tarango, who reached No. 10 in the world in doubles in 1999 and No. 42 in singles in 1992, drubbed John Morris of Chicago 6-0, 6-3.
   Second-seeded Oren Motevassel of Sunnyvale and third-seeded Jeff Greenwald of Corte Madera also moved into the quarterfinals, but eighth-seeded Curtis Dunn of San Francisco fell to ninth-seeded Andy Stewart of Huntington Beach 6-2, 6-1.
   In the women's singles quarterfinals, top seed and five-time champion Gretchen Magers routed unseeded Stephanie Stone of Carpinteria (near Santa Barbara) 6-2, 6-1. Magers, 47, climbed to No. 13 in the world in singles in 1985.
   Third-seeded Brian Cory of Salinas and Rick Kepler of Aptos reached the men's doubles quarterfinals, and second-seeded Alissa Finerman of Santa Monica and Erika Smith of Oakland advanced to the women's doubles semifinals.

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