Tammy Ackerman, Negahr Rastguiy, and Mikayla Lopez capped their campaign in the 2013 Victorian Junior Grasscourt Championships with a quarterfinals appearance in their respective singles events.
Both Ackerman and Rastguiy played in the U14 singles over the weekend and marched into the Round of 8 at the Wodonga Tennis Centre in Victoria, Australia. Ackerman was at the upper half of the 26-player field and won her first round match over Kellie Bairstow, 6-0, 6-0. The Fiji-based CNMI player then stunned the No. 6 seed Stephanie Pang in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals.
The 13-year-old Ackerman faced another seeded foe in the Round of 8 when she collided against fourth-ranked Samantha Nyika, who eventually ended the former's run with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 triumph.
Rastguiy was on the lower half of the U14 singles draw and also notched two wins to make it to the quarterfinals. She swept Nada Milenkovic in the first round, 6-1, 6-0, and nailed another two-set win over the third-ranked Kate Vaughan, 7-6, 6-1, before bowing to No. 8 seed Chorlida Kang in the quarterfinals, 7-6, 6-3.
Despite their quarterfinal losses, Ackerman and Rastguiy completed their stint in the Victorian Junior Grasscourt Championships on a winning note. Ackerman finished fifth place overall after posting two victories in the consolation bracket. She prevailed over Yazlyn Way and then cruised past Bonnie Usher, 6-1, 6-0, to take the No. 5 spot. Rastguiy, who recovered quickly from a sore toe, finished at No. 7, following a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Way.
In the girls U16, Lopez also topped her consolation draw and ended up in fifth place out of 16 players. She started her bid with a straight set win versus Micaela Mckimmie, 6-2, 6-0, before losing to third-ranked Maddison Brackenreg, 6-4, 6-0, in the quarterfinals. The CNMI bet went on to play in the battle for fifth to eighth place and won over Pacific Oceania teammate and American Samoa's Anastasia Tapusoa, 6-3, 6-1, and Australia's Kayla Donovan, 6-0, 6-2, to finish fifth in the field.
Lopez also played in the U16 doubles with Tapusoa, but they fell to No. 3 seed Lorish Puluspene of Papua New Guinea and Maggie Snowdon of Australia in the semis, 1-6, 2-6. (Saipan Tribune)