Carol heads to Mexico


Carol Lee is going to Mexico to compete in two ITF Juniors tournament this month. (Contributed Photo)

The CNMI’s Carol Lee has completed her tournaments in South Korea and is going to Mexico later this week to compete in two ITF Juniors event.

Lee played in the 2018 Seogwipo Asia/Oceania Closed Junior Championships and bowed out of competition early when she fell to Japanese and No. 16 seed Saki Imamura in last Monday’s singles contest, 2-6, 2-6. In her other tournament in South Korea—the 2018 Lee Duk Hee Cup Chuncheon International Junior Tennis Championships—she made it to the quarterfinals of the doubles event after losing in the first round in the singles last week.

The 16-year-old and her teammate, Thailand’s Lunda Kumhom, won over entries Eunchae Kim and Ha Yeong Ryu of South Korea, 6-3, 6-4, at Chuncheon Songam Sports Town Tennis Courts in Chuncheon to march into the quarterfinals. Lee and Kumhom were then beaten by South Korea’s Yeon Woo Ku and Chinese-Taipei’s Chao-Yi Wang, 6-0, 7-5. In the singles competition, South Korea’s Dayeon Back eliminated Lee, 6-1, 6-2.

“I did not meet my goals for the two tournaments in South Korea. I’m disappointed. I am getting ready for Mexico and Florida and I will do better and try my best to have a better result,” Lee told Saipan Tribune yesterday.

In Mexico, Lee will first see action in the Copa Mundial Campeche FMT that will be held at the Campeche Country Club in Campeche from Nov. 12 to 18. The Copa is a Grade 1 event, which awards 280 points to the singles winner and 210 to the doubles champions.

For her second tournament in the Central America country, the CNMI player will participate in the Mundial Juvenil Yucatan HSBC FMT, which will take place at the Club Campestre de Yucatán Calle in Merida from Nov. 19 to 25. More ranking points are at stake in Lee’s second tournament in Mexico, as the Grade A event offers 500 points to the singles champion and 375 to the doubles winners.

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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