More good news for CNMI junior tennis.
On the same day Carol Lee earned her first win in the 2016 Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying in India, three of her fellow Commonwealth bets got the top rankings in the Pacific Oceania 14 and Under Circuit.
Oceania Tennis Federation released on its Facebook account last Tuesday the leaders in the Circuit after four competitions and the CNMI’s Robbie Schorr, Malikawa Miyawaki, and Conatsu Kaga emerged on top of the list.
Schorr led the boys division after collecting 2,000 points. He took the top rankings after ruling the U14 singles event in the 7th Tan Holdings Tennis Classic held in November last year and the 2016 Chamorro Open in Guam late last month.
Schorr is ahead of fellow CNMI player Ken Song, who tallied 1,200 points for placing third in the Tan Holdings event and second in the Chamorro Open. Vanuatu’s Samuel Strid and Warea Tigona are tied for third with similar 1,000 points, while Marin Hannam, also of Vanuatu, and Fiji’s Armand Davia share fourth place with their identical 600 points.
Fiji and Vanuatu players earned ranking points from the respective tournaments they hosted this year. Vanuatu had its event in January, while Fiji hosted the Eastern Open last month.
Four more CNMI players joined Schorr and Song in the Top 10 as Seung Jin Paik registered 580 points to land at No. 7. Sean Lee (560) is at eighth, followed by Ji Min Woo (545) and Tony Kim (360).
Thirty-three players are on the ranking list with Aditya Rai (180), A.J. Hudkins (160), Allan Lee (120), Jeffrey Seo (110), Andrew Kim (100), and Brian Kim (90) rounding out the CNMI roster.
In the girls division, Miyawaki and Conatsu are in a deadlock for the top spot after collecting 1,600 points. Conatsu forced a tie against Miyawaki after stunning the latter in the Chamorro Open. Vanuatu’s Rosalie Molbaleh (1,000) and Kiribati’s Caroline Mwang (1,000) share the No. 2 spot, while the CNMI’s Asia Raulerson is ranked fifth with her 720 points.
Other CNMI players who made it to the 22-player rankings are Maria Gregoire (420), Coume Kaga (290) Erica Tuttle (220), and Riko Ojima (160).
Two more events will be played this year to decide the final rankings in the Pacific Oceania 14 and Under Circuit. A fully-funded tour to Australia in December this year awaits the top finishers in the two divisions.