Saturday, December 5, 2015

Frazier, who beat Graf and Hingis, wins national 40s

Amy Frazier, once ranked 13th in the world, routed Dina
McBride to win the USTA National 40 Hard Court Cham-
pionships. Photo courtesy of JFS Communications/USTA
   It doesn't compare to beating Steffi Graf and Martina Hingis.
   But Amy Frazier will take it.
   The top-seeded Frazier, from Rochester, Mich., routed second seed and defending champion Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch 6-1, 6-3 on Friday for the women's title in the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla.
   Frazier defeated Graf in 1999 and Hingis in 2000 in an upper-level WTA tournament in nearby Carlsbad.
   Frazier was coming off a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory over third-seeded Jennifer Dawson of Carlsbad in Thursday's semifinals.
   "Yesterday really helped me, having such a tough match," admitted the 43-year-old Frazier, who was playing in her first USTA national senior tournament since retiring from the pro tour in 2006. "Today I played the big points better. It was great. I had a really fun week. It was a fun event, and everyone was so nice. I'm thrilled. It was kind of special that my husband and my daughter were here."
   Frazier won eight singles and four doubles titles on the WTA tour. She reached two Grand Slam quarterfinals and a career-high No. 13 in the world.
   Two Northern California men are scheduled to play in today's semifinals. No. 3 seed Oren Motevassel of San Jose will face top seed and two-time defending champion Tony Bujan of Tustin, and No. 9 David Smith of San Francisco will play No. 4 Marcio Carlsson of Las Vegas.
   Motevassel, 48, won the title in 2011 and 2012. He climbed to a career-high No. 161 in the world in 1997.
   Bujan, a teaching pro in Orange County, was a three-time All-American at TCU in the early 1990s.
USTA NATIONAL 40 HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
In La Jolla, Calif.
(Northern California results only)
Grandfather-grandson doubles
First round
   David Sanderlin, El Cajon, and Dylan Taylor, Huntington Beach, def. Paul Kepler, Aptos, and Devan Kepler, Kahului, Hawaii, 6-4, 6-4.
   Nicklaus Vogt, Rossmoor, and Charles Vogt, North Ogden, Utah, def. Robert Quall, Merced, and Drew Quall, Clovis, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

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