CNMI players start bid in ITF Juniors tourney

Conatsu Kaga is one of the five CNMI players competing in the Oceania Closed Junior Championships 2018 that will start today in Fiji. (Contributed Photo)

All five CNMI players will appear in the opening round of the Oceania Closed Junior Championships 2018 today in Fiji.

Carol Lee will lead the Commonwealth bets competing in the tournament under the ITF Juniors Circuit, as she is seeded No. 4 in the women’s singles. Lee is at the bottom half of the 32-player main draw and will face New Zealand’s Ema Miyaura in the first round. If the heavily favored Lee wins against the unseeded Kiwi, she will face in the second round the winner between Australia’s Roopa Bains and New Zealand’s Vivian Yang, who are both unranked players.

The other CNMI female player in the draw is Conatsu Kaga and she will have a tough first round assignment. The 15-year-old will challenge No. 5 seed Grace Schumacher of Australia at the upper half of the draw. If Kaga survives her opener, she will be pitted against the winner between Australia’s Cyan Sun and New Zealand’s Ely Saguil-Ventura.

Meanwhile, in the boys main draw, the CNMI is represented by Robbie Schorr, Ken Song, and Lee’s brother, Sean.

Sean is at the lower half of the draw and will meet No. 4 seed Stefan Storch of Australia. Schorr and Song’s first round opponents are also from the Land Down Under, but the latter have a tougher foe in No. 5 seed Ken Cavrak at the upper half of the draw. Schorr on the other hand, will take on the unranked Alex Bulte in the opening round and then may have an early collision against the No. 2 seed Dane Sweeny, also from Australia. Sweeny is picked to prevail against his unranked compatriot Peter Politis.

Schorr, Carol, and Sean are competing in the Oceania Closed in the hopes of gaining more ITF Juniors ranking points. Kaga and Song, on the other hand, aim to earn their first ranking points.

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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