Carol eyes high-level tourney in Australia


The CNMI’s Carol Lee is looking to kick off 2019 on a high gear, as she aims to compete in the 2019 AGL Loy Yang Traralgon Junior International in Australia.

The ITF Juniors event is a Grade 1 tournament and will run from Jan. 11 to 16 at the Traralgon Tennis Association courts in Victoria. A Grade 1 contest awards as much as 280 world-ranking points in singles and 210 in doubles. Lee ended the 2018 season with 245 (singles) and 190 (doubles) ranking points for a combined 292.5 that allowed her to remain in the Top 200 (No. 175) in the world.

The 16-year-old player, who is now in Korea after competing in her last tournament for the season in Florida (Orange Bowl), is in the alternate list of the Tennis Australia-sanctioned event. She may have to go through a qualifying draw if she moves out of the alternate roster. Draws for both singles and doubles events (qualifier) will be decided before the Jan. 9 games.

Lee played in the same tournament in January this year and bowed to Japan’s Ayumi Miyamoto, 3-5, 1-6, in the first round of the qualifying draw. If she makes it to the qualifier again, the CNMI netter will also try to compete in the 2018 Australian Open Juniors Championship that will take place from Jan. 19 to 26 in Melbourne. Then after the two events in the Land Down Under, Lee will head to of the Daulet National Tennis Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan to suit up for Pacific Oceania Team in the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Zone.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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