2 of 3 seeded teams advance in junior champs
Two of three seeded teams in the doubles competition easily disposed of their opponents in Day 2 of the 2021 TSL CNMI Junior Tennis Tournament last Sunday at the American Memorial Park tennis courts.
Boys doubles 12 top seeds Yutaka Kadokura and Si Woo Lee nearly scored a shutout against Jihun Park and Landon Pudney, 6-0. 6-1. Boys singles No. 2 Seongeon Heo and Sean Lee also advanced following a tougher 6-3, 6-1 win over Serin Chung and Hye Jin Elliot.
There was one upset in the doubles though, as Ryan Choi and Emmon Tang surprised boys doubles 12 No. 2 Ian Chae and Ki Won Lee in a super tiebreaker, 7-5, 4-6, 10-3. Other results in the boys doubles 12 saw brothers Henry and Stephen Yeom make quick work of Quido Lucas Jambor and Nathan Su, 6-1, 6-1.
In the boys doubles 18, Daniel Dong Yeon Kang and Jun Wang blanked Jack Linden and Jesse Sablan, 6-0, 6-0. In the boys doubles 14, Wataru Kadokura and June Yu triumphed over Henry Choi and Taher Shakir, 6-3, 6-0, while Hannah Chae and Jeong Bin Park defeated Stella Choi and Eliza Culp, 6-1, 6-0, in the girls doubles 12.
The 2021 TSL CNMI Junior Tennis Tournament resumes this Saturday with 17 matches on tap at the AMP tennis courts and Fiesta Resort & Spa tennis courts. The semifinals and finals will be held on Sunday also at both venues.
The 2021 TSL CNMI Junior Tennis Tournament is being sponsored for the first time by the TSL Foundation. It is also being conducted with help from the Northern Mariana Islands Tennis Association.
NMITA president and CNMI National Tennis coach Jeff Race earlier said the junior championship will award the most points and goes a long way in determining who will travel with the junior national team to Guam for the North Pacific Regional Championships.