Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Top seed Motevassel advances in National 40s

   Top-seeded Oren Motevassel of San Jose defeated Steve Heroux of Hidden Hills, Calif., 6-0, 6-4 on Monday in the second round of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla.
   Motevassel, who received a first-round bye, won the title in 2011 and 2012. He will face unseeded Misha Yevtich, a Las Vegan who trounced Wade Murphy of Ranch Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-0, 6-1.
   Breezing into the third round were No. 2 seed Tony Bujan, the defending champion from Tustin, Calif., and No. 3 Jeff Tarango, the 2010 champion from Manhattan Beach, Calif.
   Tarango, a former Stanford All-American, reached No. 10 in the world in doubles in 1999 and No. 42 in singles in 1992.
   Tarango is perhaps best known, however, for walking off the court during his third-round singles match at Wimbledon in 1995 in a dispute with chair umpire Bruno Rebeuh. As if that wasn't bizarre enough, Tarango's wife at the time, Benedicte, then slapped Rebeuh twice.
USTA NATIONAL 40 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
At La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in La Jolla, Calif.
(Northern California results only)
Men's singles
First round
   Will Ross, Elk Grove, Calif., def. John Fitzpatrick, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (6).
   Matt Whitehead, Cooper City, Fla., def. Dave Kuhn, Elk Grove, Calif., 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
   David Smith, San Francisco, def. Eric Schantz, Anaheim, Calif., 6-2, ret.
Second round
   Oren Motevassel (1), San Jose, def. Steve Heroux, Hidden Hills, Calif., 6-0, 6-4.
   Jeff Greenwald (6), San Anselmo, Calif., def. Jimmy Gleason, Laguna Beach, Calif., 6-0, 6-0.
   Leon Bax (9), Mountain View, Calif., def. Rob Horsch, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 6-0, 6-1.
Women's singles
First round
   Leora Grimshaw, Novato, Calif., def. Carolyn Barber, La Jolla, 6-1, 6-4. 

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