Elliot, Ferrer shut down opponents


Hye Jin Elliot, seen here about to return a shot to her opponent during a local tournament last year, shut down Anika Camacho in the girls U14 singles game in the 2018 CNMI National Junior Tennis Championships last Saturday at the American Memorial Park tennis courts. (Contributed Photo)

Hye Jin Elliot and JC Ferrer had a walk in the park during the opening day of the 2018 CNMI National Junior Tennis Championships as they blanked their respective opponents in the girls U14 singles event.

Elliot was pitted against Anika Camacho and cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win last Saturday at the American Memorial Park tennis courts. Ferrer duplicated Elliot’s feat later in the afternoon following an easy triumph over Eva Kim.

The girls U14 singles has a round-robin format and the division champion won’t be decided until this weekend, as four more games have yet to be played. Camacho will face Kim in a make-up game this Friday at 5pm—the same schedule of the anticipated match between Elliot and Ferrer. Then this Saturday, Elliot will have her last game when she takes on Kim at 12:30pm, while at 2pm, Camacho will duel Ferrer. Friday matches were set as tournament director Lydia Tan was forced to suspend action last Sunday due to rain.

Meanwhile, the semis cast in the girls U10 singles was completed last Saturday after Savita Sikkel won over Anne Lee, 8-1. Sikkel joined Soarin Oh, Anna Kwon, and Irin Chung in the Final Four.

Irin’s sister, Serin, also made it to the semifinals of the U12 singles after sweeping Emily Hoo Wang, 6-2, 6-0. Boomer Park and Yejin Son needed two sets, too, to top Seiyul Hong, 6-4, 6-1, and Dana Lee, 6-2, 6-3, respectively, and march into the Final Four. No. 1 seed Helen Kim drew a bye and got an automatic semis ticket in the division.

In the doubles competition, the Chung siblings defeated Hong and Park in the U12 age group, 6-3, 6-2. The pairs of Kim and dana Lee and Sikkel and Wang have yet to play in the event, which has a round-robin format.

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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