CNMI junior player Carol Lee is heading Down Under later this month to compete in the Australian Winter International.
Lee, who is now in Fiji waiting for the start of the Oceania Closed Junior Championships 2018, is the fifth-highest ranked player on the acceptance list of the Australian Winter International that will run from Aug. 22 to 26 at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre Rod Laver in Sydney. The tournament is a Grade 3 event, which offers 100 and 75 points to the singles and doubles champions.
The CNMI player currently has 236.75 combined points—200 in singles and 147 in doubles. The world No. 220 Lee recently got 60 points in singles after ruling the South Pacific Open Junior Championships 2018 held in Fiji late June.
In the tournament in Australia, Lee is one of just three Pacific players included on the acceptance list. The two others are siblings Violet and Patricia Apisah of Papua New Guinea. Violet is the top-ranked player on the list with her No. 31 ranking, while Patricia is ranked No. 840.
New Zealand and Australian players dominated the acceptance list in the girls division, while Japan has two in Makoto Ohara and Ai Yamaguchi, and Malaysia has one in Sarah Nayar.
Meanwhile, Carol and her brother Sean, Robbie Schorr, Ken Song, and Conatsu Kaga will also compete against Australian, Kiwi, Japanese players, and fellow Pacific Oceania bets in the Oceania Closed Junior Championships that will start on Tuesday.
Just like Carol, Schorr, and Sean are hoping to gain more ITF Juniors ranking points, while Song and Kaga aimsto earn their first ranking points.
The Oceania Closed is ranked higher than the Australian Winter International, as the former is a Grade B2 event where points as high as 160 and 120 can be won in the singles and doubles competitions, respectively.