Friday, December 5, 2014

San Jose's Motevassel reaches National 40 quarters

Top-seeded Oren Motevassel lost only two games in two matches
on Thurday. Photo courtesy of FJS Communications.
   Top-seeded Oren Motevassel and three other Northern California men reached the quarterfinals of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla.
   Motevassel, the 2011 and 2012 champion from San Jose, lost only two games in two matches as the sun came out on Thursday after two days of rain.
   Also advancing were No. 6 seed Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo, and No. 9 seeds Nicolas Chasseray of San Francisco and John Saviano of Los Altos Hills.   
   Motevassel will play Chasseray, Greenwald will face third-seeded Jeff Tarango of Manhattan Beach, and Saviano will take on second-seeded Tony Bujan of Tustin. Tarango won the title in 2010, and Bujan is the defending champion.
   Tarango, a former Stanford All-American, climbed to career highs of No. 10 in the world in doubles in 1999 and No. 42 in singles in 1992.
   The only NorCal woman to reach the quarters is Fanny Gamble of San Rafael. She will meet third-seeded Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch. 
USTA NATIONAL 40 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
In La Jolla, Calif.
(Northern California results only)
Men's singles
Third round
   Oren Motevassel (1), San Jose, def. Misha Yevtich, Las Vegas, 6-0, 6-1.
   David Smith, San Francisco, def. Michael Sanchez, New York, 2-1, ret.
   Nicolas Chasseray (9), San Francisco, def. Sergio Rico, La Jolla, 6-3, 0-6 [10-7].
   Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, def. Esteban Altuna, Norco, 6-1, 6-1.
   John Saviano (9), Los Altos Hills, def. Jorg Muller, New Port Richey, Fla., 7-6 (6), 5-0, ret.
   Joshua Prager (9), Yuba City, def. James Conda, San Diego, 6-0, 6-3.
Fourth round
   Oren Motevassel (1), San Jose, def. Leon Bax (9), Mountain View, 6-0, 6-1.
   Nicolas Chasseray (9), San Francisco, def. David Smith, San Francisco, 6-3, 6-4.
   Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, def. Christopher Criblez (9), Laguna Hills, 6-3, 6-2.
   John Saviano (9), Los Altos Hills, def. Jon Hoffpauir, Escondido, 6-4, 6-2.
   Tony Bujan (2), Tustin, def. Joshua Prager (9), Yuba City, 6-4, 6-2.
Women's singles
Second round
   Marlo Carruth (4), Studio City, def. Leora Grimshaw, Novato, 6-1, 6-2.
   Fanny Gamble, San Rafael, def. Mary Ann Beckendorf, Bryan, Texas, 6-1, 6-1.

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