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Monday, April 21, 2014

Ackerman leads jr. singles champs list

Dylan Ackerman goes for a baseline return, while teammate Colin Ramsey looks on during their doubles game against Tommy Choi and Moris Villanueva in the 4th Annual Tan Holdings Tennis Classic yesterday at the American Memorial Park tennis courts. (Roselyn B. Monroyo) Second-seeded Dylan Ackerman avoided the upset axe of Michael Ren to clinch the championship in the boys U15 singles of the 4th Annual Tan Holdings Tennis Classic.

Ackerman swept Ren in the finals yesterday at the American Memorial Park tennis court, 6-2, 6-2, to win his first boys U15 crown this season. The newly crowned champion took the title without dropping a single set, as he also made short work of Aaron Lee in the semifinals of the lower half of the bracket, 6-3, 6-3. Lee arranged a semis duel with Ackerman after surviving Colin Ramsey in the first round, 6-4, 1-6, 10-7.

In the upper bracket, Ren stunned top-ranked Brian Tuncap, 6-4, 6-4, to advance to the finals against Ackerman. Tuncap automatically made it to the semis after drawing a bye in the first round, while Ren gained a Final Four seat, following a 6-1, 7-5 win over Luther Lizama.

The girls U15 singles finale was also done after only two sets with top seed Negahr Rastguiy beating Carol Lee, 6-1, 6-0,

Rastguiy eased her way to the finals after shutting out Ami Tsukagoshi and sweeping Isabel Heras, 6-2, 6-0. Lee took the other finals berth after defeating Liza Atalig, 6-1, 6-2, and pulling off an upset over second-ranked Camdyn Nadler of Guam, 6-2, 6-0.

Joining Rastguiy and Ackerman in the champions list were Thea Minor, Rai Aditya, and Jireh Warren.

Warren and Aditya claimed the U10 titles with the former ruling the girls division after sweeping Couke Kaga, 8-4; Hanna Ojima, 8-1; and Reiko Ojima, 8-1, in the round-robin tournament.

Aditya brought home the boys U10 crown after outclassing Tony Atalig in the finals at the Fiesta Resort & Spa tennis court yesterday, 9-7. Aditya made it to the finals, following an impressive 8-0 win over Rintaro Miyawaki, while Atalig gained the other championship berth after downing Mondo Taniguchi, 8-4.

Minor won the girls U18 tiara after thumping Mikayla Lopez, 6-1, 7-5, and Alina Ishikawa, 6-1, 6-0, in a round-robin tournament. Lopez shut out Ishikawa, 6-0, 6-0, to settle for runner-up honors.

Meanwhile, the title games in the girls and boys U12 were being played yesterday afternoon, while the boys U18 finals has been moved from last night to this Friday.

Christian Miller booked the first finals berth in the boys U18 after ousting Jake Lee, while Rafael Jones and Amami Sakano were dueling for the last finals seat yesterday afternoon.

In the boys U12 finale, it was Alex Park versus Robby Schorr, as the former eliminated Ken Song yesterday morning and the latter ousted Joshua Abragan in the upper bracket semis pairing.

Mimi Sakano and Ami Tsukagoshi disputed the girls U12 tiara yesterday after making it past Malika Miyawaki and Hannah Nelson in the semis, respectively.

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