For the third straight time, the CNMI’s Carol Lee has been selected to represent Pacific Oceania in the prestigious Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Zone.
Joining Lee on the elite squad are Papua New Guinea’s Violet Apisah and Abigail Tere-Apisah, Samoa’s Steffi Carruthers and captain Gilles de Gouy of Tahiti.
“I’m honored to be chosen on the Pacific Oceania Fed Cup Team, again. I am thankful for this opportunity, as I know I will gain more experience playing against tough players. We will do our best,” said Lee.
Lee and company will be playing in Group I of the 2019 Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Zone, which will take place at the indoor court of the Daulet National Tennis Centre, in Astana, Kazakhstan from Feb. 6 to 9. Pacific Oceania made it to Group I after beating Singapore, 2-1, in the promotional playoff in Isa Town, Bahrain early this year. Lee and her teammates were undefeated in the Group II contest, as they also prevailed against Oman, Malaysia, and Iran in the elimination round.
Pacific Oceania was promoted to Group I along with Indonesia (winner over Uzbekistan) and they will join China, India, South Korea, Thailand, and the host country in the 2019 competition.
Meanwhile, Lee’s inclusion on the Fed Cup team was announced a few days after she completed her six tournaments in a span of nearly three months. She is now in Korea, training and is thankful for the high-level competitions she had this year.
“It was a good experience for me, for my future. It was of course very tough, especially the last four tournaments and those that were played in green and red clay courts. However, I felt I can compete with other good players and I’m honored I was part of our grand slam development team,” added the 16-year-old player.
Lee will continue to see action in off-island events and ITF Juniors Circuit next year. The CNMI bet also hopes to have a shot at the Australian Open Juniors early next year and another Grade 1 tournament in Australia.