Sunday, December 8, 2013

San Jose's Motevassel upset in National 40s

   Top seed and two-time defending champion Oren Motevassel of San Jose lost to fourth-seeded Tony Bujan of San Clemente 6-3, 7-5 in the semifinals of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships in La Jolla.
   Bujan will meet fifth-seeded Michael Chang -- no, not that Michael Chang -- of Anaheim today for the title. Chang beat second-seeded Julien Heine of Laguna Beach 6-3, 7-5.
   In the women's final, top-seeded Sophie Woorons-Johnston of Anderson, S.C., routed fourth-seeded Ros (Fairbank) Nideffer of San Diego 6-3, 6-1.
   Woorons-Johnston, a former Clemson All-American, became eligible to play in the tournament after turning 40 on Sept. 4.
   Nideffer, a 53-year-old former touring professional originally from South Africa, reached career highs of No. 12 in the world in doubles in 1986 and No. 15 in singles in 1990.
   She won the French Open women's doubles title in 1981 with Tanya Harford of South Africa and in 1983 with Candy Reynolds of the United States.

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