Sunday, December 7, 2014

Motevassel, Bujan to meet in National 40 final

Second-seeded Tony Bujan, the defending
champion, will face top-seeded Oren Mote-
vassel of San Jose for the title. Photo cour-
tesy of JFS Communications
   Oren Motevassel will get another crack at Tony Bujan, this time for a title.
   The top-seeded Motevassel, 47, of San Jose, will meet the second-seeded Bujan, 44, of Tustin in the Los Angeles area, today in the final of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla.
   Motevassel eliminated sixth-seeded Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo in the San Francisco Bay Area 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday, and Bujan outplayed fifth-seeded Michael Chang -- no, not that Michael Chang -- of Anaheim 6-3, 6-1.
   Bujan defeated Motevassel 6-3, 7-5 in last year's semifinals and went on to win the title. Motevassel was the two-time defending champion.
   In today's women's final, top-seeded Jennifer Dawson, 42, of Carlsbad will meet third-seeded Dina McBride, 47, of Stevenson Ranch.    Dawson clobbered unseeded Christy Panter of West Hills 6-1, 6-0, and McBride held off third-seeded Ros (Fairbank) Nideffer of San Diego 6-3, 7-5.
   Nideffer, a 54-year-old former touring professional originally from South Africa, reached career  No. 15 in the world in singles in 1990 and No. 12 in doubles in 1986.
   Nideffer 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.
   Dawson routed McBride 6-2, 6-0 for third place last year.

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