Five CNMI players kept their perfect records intact after Day 2 of the 2012 Pacific Oceania Junior Championships in Fiji to strengthen their semis chances in the girls U12 and U15 singles.
In the girls U15 singles, Tammy Ackerman, Mikayla Lopez, and Negahr Rastguiy remained unbeaten after yesterday's games at the Dr. Robin Mitchell Regional Tennis Centre in Lautoka and the Nadi Sports Club in Nadi, while Carol Lee and Isabel Heras were also unscathed in Day 2 of the girls U12 division.
Ackerman improved to a 3-0 record after a 6-0, 6-2 win over the Solomon Islands' s Vinda Teally. She shares the lead with Samoa's Anastasia Tapusoa (3-0) and they are likely to take the two semis tickets in the five-player Pool B.
Likely to join Ackerman in the semis are Pool A co-leaders Lopez and Rastguiy, who held similar 3-0 records after yesterday's matches. Lopez and Rastguiy both shut out their foes in Day 2 with the former blanking Georgimah Row and the latter whipping Charity Sagiao. Rastguiy and Lopez squares off for the top spot in Pool A today.
In the girls U12, Heras is a win away from sweeping the six-player Pool A after notching two more wins yesterday. She got her third win over the Federated States of Micronesia's Sunshein Palik, 6-1, 6-2, and then completed the Day 2 sweep with a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Jeezabel Cristofari. Heras battles the top-seeded Ruby Coffin today for the No. 1 spot in Pool A.
In Pool B, Carol Lee also went 4-0 after yesterday's matches and is likely to join Heras in the semis. Lee's two wins were via straight sets, as she beat Michelle Miller in the morning game, 6-0, 6-2, and downed Skylawn Palelei in the afternoon match, 6-0, 6-1.
In the boys U18 singles, Rafael Jones split his two games in Day 2 for a 3-1 record and remained in contention for two semis berths in Pool A. Jones defeated Guam's Christian Penafiel, 6-2, 7-5, before losing to Vanuatu and top seed Gregory Jacobe, 1-6, 2-6.
Christian Miller is the CNMI's other bet in the boys U18 and he is still in the semis race in Pool B after posting a 2-1 record. After a split in Day 1, Miller nailed his second win yesterday after surviving Tito Tebatibunga, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
In the girls U18, Thea Minor dropped to a 0-4 record and is out of the running for the semis tickets after absorbing two more losses yesterday. Minor, who suffered from cramps, fell to Marcia Tere-Apisah, 1-6, 0-6, and Tarani Kamoe, 2-6, 1-6.
Also out of the semis race in the boys U15 division was Chris Cajigan, who dropped to a 1-4 record in Pool B. After going 0-2 in Day 1, Cajigan had a split yesterday, winning over Carlos Ah Ching, 6-1, 6-1, before losing to Kevin Maukolao, 2-6, 5-7.