San Diego's Ros Nideffer advanced to the women's singles quarterfinals.
© J. Fred Sidhu
By J. Fred Sidhu, special to USTA.com
LA JOLLA, Calif. -– Former touring tennis professional Ros Nideffer advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships as she defeated Julie Gaynor of Las Vegas, 6-3, 6-1, on Tuesday at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
After exchanging service breaks early in the first set, Nideffer, a resident of the San Diego community of Rancho Bernardo, held serve to take a 4-3 lead as she struggled at times to find the timing on her ground strokes.
In the eighth game, she then broke Gaynor’s serve for a 5-3 lead and went on to serve out the first set. With her game on track, the second-seeded Nideffer built a commanding 5-1 second set lead. Gaynor served to stay in the match in the seventh game, but as she served at deuce, she hit two consecutive double faults to end the match.
During her professional career on the women’s tennis tour, which lasted from the late 1970s to the late 1990s, Nideffer reached the Wimbledon singles quarterfinals on two occasions and was a two-time French Open doubles champion. In 1990, she achieved a career-high singles ranking of 15 in the world.
Today, the 52-year-old Nideffer remains active and continues to play tournament tennis. Earlier this year, she captured the Women’s 50 singles title at the ITF Seniors World Individual Championships and USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships. Both events were played at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
What would inspire Nideffer to play in this week’s National 40 Hard Court Championships in La Jolla?
"I just felt like I couldn’t watch it go by and not participate. It’s nice to have something to focus on and to keep myself in shape and try to keep myself young," she said. "I do notice when I don’t play tennis my body deteriorates pretty fast, so it’s an opportunity to just stay in shape."
Nideffer has high expectations after winning her second round match. "I want to win it," she said with a smile. "I would just like to play well. I really don’t know the competition so I have to just focus on my own game, try to get my serve going, be aggressive and go for my shots."
In another woman’s singles second-round match, top-seeded Dina McBride of Woodland Hills, Calif., advanced to Wednesday’s quarterfinals as she breezed past Tai Sisson of San Dimas, Calif., 6-1, 6-0. McBride, who played collegiate tennis for the University of San Diego in the mid-1990s, reached last year’s women’s singles final.
In men’s singles action, top-seeded Oren Motevassel reached the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Carter Hedrick of Manhattan Beach, Calif. Third-seeded Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo, Calif. and fourth-seeded Martin Barba of San Diego also advanced to the fourth round with straight set victories.
The USTA National Father and Son and Grandfather and Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships will begin Friday, November 30, with matches concluding Sunday, December 2.
USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Oren Motevassel (1), Rancho Mirage, def. Carter Hedrick, Manhattan Beach, 6-2, 6-2
Jeff Greenwald (3), San Anselmo, def. German Aragon, Chula Vista, 6-2, 6-1
Martin Barba (4), San Diego, def. Long Tran, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Julien Heine (5), Laguna Beach, def. Richman Bry, Santa Monica, 6-0, 6-1
Daniel Marting (7), Phoenix, Ariz., def. Leonardo Goldstein, San Diego, 6-1, 6-0
Todd Nelson (9), San Diego, def. Charles Hardman, Rancho Santa Fe, 6-0, 6-0
James Dao (9), Santa Ana, def. Jimmy Gleason, Laguna Beach, 6-3, 6-3
Kerry Safdie (9), San Diego, def. Wade Murphy, Rancho Palos Verdes, 6-0, 6-0
Jon Tyrell, Sierra Madre, def. Rand Hogen, La Jolla, 6-2, 6-1
Nelson Alapi (9), La Jolla, def. Barry Ponticello, La Jolla, 7-6(1), 6-4
Patrick Rost (9), San Diego, def. Robert Simmons, San Diego, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
Carsten Hoffmann (6), Corona Del Mar, def. Leo Bravo, San Diego, 6-3, 6-2
Amir Abramov (9), Melbourne Beach, Fla., def. Todd Anderson, Camarillo, 6-4, 6-2
Jason Welborn (9), San Diego, def. Roberto Ancira, San Diego, 6-3, 6-3
Damian Mooney, Manhattan Beach, def. Albert Cohen, San Diego, 6-0, 6-1
Teet Ratsep, Aliso Viejo, def. John Ziegler (9), Chappaqua, N.Y., 6-0, 6-2
Dina McBride (1), Woodland Hills, def. Tai Sisson, San Dimas, 6-1, 6-0
Ros Nideffer (2), San Diego, def. Julie Gaynor, Las Vegas, Nev., 6-3, 6-1
Deborah Higa (3), Solana Beach, def. Jill Delavega, Encinitas, 6-0, 4-1, (ret.)
Ginger Phillips (4), Louisville, Colo. def. Fanny Gamble, San Rafael, 6-3, 6-7(1), 7-6(5)
Stephanie Stone (5), Carpinteria, def. Quynh Le, Irvine, 6-0, 6-4
Marlo Carruth (6), Studio City, def. Karyn Kobayashi, Carlsbad, 6-0, 6-0
Carolyn Nichols (7), Rancho Santa Fe, def. Sheila Weinstock, Solana Beach, 6-1, 6-1
Christina Kaus, San Diego, def. Mariko Atoji, San Diego, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3