CNMI junior player Carol Lee was awarded the NMSA/Tan Siu Lin Foundation Female Student Athlete of the Month (for August) after her finals appearance in the singles event of the Oceania Closed Junior Championships 2018 in Fiji.
Lee made it to the title match of the world-ranking event under the Juniors ITF Circuit after eliminating four opponents. She won over New Zealand’s Ema Miyaura, 6-4, 6-4, and Australia’s Roopa Bains, 6-2, 6-0; Anastasia Berezov, 7-6 (3), 6-3; and Annerly Poulos, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4). The CNMI player’s streak then ended when Amber Marshalls, also from Australia, defeated her in the finals, 6-1, 6-4.
The 16-year-old’s finals stint in the B2 tournament—the fifth highest in the rankings of competitions under the Juniors ITF—gave her 95 ranking points, which was the most she got since joining the circuit in 2015. With her runner-up finish in the Oceania Closed, Lee also had a huge leap in the world rankings, as he is now at No. 161, from 218 when she entered last month’s competition.
The CNMI player hopes to gain more points and climb up to the ladder, when she competes in two ranking tournaments in South Korea later this year. Lee will see action in the 2018 Lee Duk Hee Cup Chuncheon International Junior Tennis Championships that will take place from Oct. 30 to Nov. 4 at the Chuncheon Songam Sports Town Tennis Courts in Gangwon Province. It is a Grade 2 event with as much as 160 ranking points in the singles competition and 120 in the doubles at stake.
Lee, who is now in Fiji training at International Tennis Federation/Oceania Tennis Federation facility, will remain in Korea until the second week of November, as she is also scheduled to play in the 2018 Seogwipo Asia/Oceania Closed Junior Championships. The event at the Seogwipo Tennis Court in Jeju will be held from No. 5 to 11. The singles champion in this B1 tournament will earn 280 points, while the doubles winners will get 210.