Junior player Robbie Schorr earned a finals appearance in two singles events in the 2018 Coconut Tennis Classic after winning his matches over the weekend at the American Memorial Park tennis courts.
Schorr first booked a ticket in the championship game in the boys U16 singles event after sweeping Seung in Paik in their semis tiff at the upper half of the draw, 6-0, 6-3. The No. 1 seed Schorr, who got a bye in the opening week of the tournament, made it to the Final Four after shutting down Sam Ryu, 6-0, 6-0, while Paik followed suit as he eliminated No. 4 seed Sean Lee, 7-6, 6-3.
Schorr’s finals foe is No. 3 Ji Min Woo, who foiled the title showdown between the Top 2 seeds in the event after pulling off an upset over No. 2 Ken Song at the lower half of the draw, 6-3, 6-2. Woo arranged a semis showdown opposite Song following a 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Kazuna Nakabayashi. Song, on the other hand, was paired against Eugene Park and eased his way to a 6-1, 6-1 victory to make it to the Final Four.
The Woo-Schorr title duel will be played today at 8am, while Song and Paik will collide at the same time for the third place honors.
After his finals showdown against Woo, Schorr will return to the AMP courts to face Moris Villanueva for the men’s singles championship.
The 2016 Tan Siu Lin Foundation/NMSA Student Athlete of the Year marched into the finals of the men’s singles play after downing Song in their semis tiff yesterday morning, 6-2, 6-4. Song, before losing to Schorr, topped Steven Goodwin, 6-4, 6-3, to move into the Final Four.
Villanueva also took two sets in the pair of games he won to earn the right to challenge Schorr in the finals. Villanueva first eliminated Woo, 6-2, 6-3, and then Jeff Race, 7-5, 6-1.
The Villlanueva-Schorr finale is scheduled at 11am. Schorr was also gunning for a third finals berth in the tournament, as he and J.C. Ferrer battled Race and Juncheol Hwang in the mixed up doubles event yesterday afternoon and results of their game were unavailable at press time.
Meanwhile, in the boys U14 singles, No. 2 seed Daniel Kang bagged the first finals slot. Kang ousted Hyunmin Cho last Saturday, 6-0, 6-0, and then downed No. 2 Eubin Park, 7-5, 6-0, to move into the title game, which will be played today. Kang will meet either Richard Steele or Andy Kim. Steele beat Seung Won Lee in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-1, to move one step away from reaching the finals. Kim joined Steele in the semis following a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Danny Lee. Kim and Steele fought for the last finals ticket yesterday afternoon and results of their match were unavailable at press time.