Friday, December 4, 2015

NorCal's Motevassel, Smith in Nat'l 40 Hard Court semis

   Two Northern California men reached the semifinals of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla.
   No. 3 seed Oren Motevassel of San Jose dismissed No. 9 Jesse Ponwith of Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday. Also, No. 9 David Smith of San Francisco beat unseeded Shibu Lal of Novato 6-2, 6-4.
   Motevassel, the 2011 and 2012 champion, will face top seed and two-time defending champion Tony Bujan of Tustin on Saturday. Bujan, a three-time All-American at TCU in the early 1990s, topped No. 5 seed and 2009 champion Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo 6-3, 6-5.
   Smith will meet No. 4 Marcio Carlsson of Las Vegas. Carlsson crushed No. 5 Michael Chang -- no, not that Michael Chang -- of Anaheim 6-0, 6-1.
   On the women's side, No. 1 seed Amy Frazier of Rochester, Mich., will play No. 2 seed and defending champion Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch in today's final.
   Frazier, who climbed to a career-high No. 13 in the world in 1995, held off third seed and 2011 champion Jennifer Dawson of Carlsbad 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. McBride overwhelmed unseeded Fanny Gamble of San Rafael 6-1, 6-0.
   In the men's doubles semifinals, No. 5 seeds Jared Jacobs of Scottsdale and Wiliam Quest of Ventura beat No. 2 Leon Bax of Mountain View and Nicolas Chasseray of San Francisco 7-5, 7-5.

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