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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cruz, Pangelinan lead doubles winners

Roy Pangelinan and Bobby Cruz won the all-Saipan battle for the men’s open doubles crown in the 4th Annual Tan Holdings Tennis Classic.

The round-robin men’s open doubles was played over the weekend with Cruz and Pangelinan first meeting Richard Asuncion and Ronnie Lacbayo last Saturday at the American Memorial Park tennis courts and winning the opening match in the division in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.

Asuncion and Lacbayo went on to play back-to-back games last Saturday and redeemed their earlier loss after downing Rafael Jones and Russelle Buenaventura also at AMP, 6-4, 6-1.

Then yesterday, the final game for the division was played with Pangelinan and Cruz securing the championship, following another straight set victory, this time against Buenaventura and Jones, 6-1, 6-2.

Other pairs who clinched doubles crowns yesterday morning were Negahr Rastguiy and Mikayla Lopez, Lydia Tan and Sally Lee, Richard Asuncion and Carol Lee, Mayling Colombo and Joyce Xin Ching, Don Castillo and Yong Min Song, and Tania Tan and Clayton Izuka.

Izuka and Tan ruled the four-team mixed 3.0 doubles winning via walkover against Johanne Henson and Jonathan Libut in the semis and sweeping Mimi Sakano and Vincent Tudela in the finals, 6-0, 6-0.

Asuncion and Lee took the mixed 4.0 championship after surviving Guam’s Yuka Iwata and Eddie Wu in there sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Asuncion and Lee advanced to the finals after slipping past Noel and Tisha Sonata, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, while Wu and Iwata edged Reo Arriola and Cheiko Nagao in the other semis pairing, 6-3, 6-0.

In the men’s 3.0 doubles, Castillo and Song topped the 10-team field, clinching the crown after a 6-2, 6-2 upset in the finals over second seed Jonie Peralta and Nonoy Masinda.

In the women’s doubles, Rastguiy and Lopez won the open championship against the pair of Iwata and Lydia Tan, following their 6-4, 6-1 victory in the finals last Friday. Lydia Tan redeemed herself in the 4.0 division, as she teamed up with Sally Lee in defeating Carol Lee and Theecel Minor in the finals, 6-1, 6-4. Colombo and Ching also took only two sets to claim the 3.0 title, as they downed Grace Choi and Tania Tan, 6-3, 6-1.

Meanwhile, results of the mixed open and 40-and-above were unavailable at press time and will be reported with the rest of the final week games in Saipan Tribune’s Tuesday edition.

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