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Jim Osborne won, easily, Mike Martines had to withdraw leaving Jack Acheson to carry the Utah banner, and Brian Cheney found the top is a pretty unstable place to sit.

All this took place Friday in the National Senior Indoor Tennis Championships being held at the Snowbird Canyon Racquet Club.Osborne, the No. 5, seed in the men's 50 singles and coach of the men's BYU tennis team, beat Ken Sawer of Carbondale, Colo., 6-3, 6-0, in a mid-day match at the tennis club. Osborne's toughest match will come today when he meets the No. 2 seed, Chas Hoeveler of Ross, Calif. The match is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

Cheney, however, is proof that even the top seeds are beatable. Cheney, long considered one of the country's top senior tennis players, was the No. 1 seed in the men's 45 singles. Friday, the Chandler, Ariz., player was upset by unseeded Joe McGuire of Kansas City, Mo.

Both players left the court having won the same number of games, but McGuire put them together in better order, 7-5, 2-6, 7-5.

In the battle of the locals, Martines suffered leg cramps in his match with Acheson and had to withdraw. Both players are from Salt Lake City.

The tournament will continue today at the CRC. Semifinals are scheduled Sunday with the finals on Monday. There is no charge to spectators.

Players in this event are among the top senior players in the country.