ITF Juniors World Tour event kicks off


The 2019 Northern Marianas Junior Championships will start today at the Pacific Islands Club hard courts with nearly more than 70 players from 13 countries competing in singles an doubles events.

The first set of matches will be played starting at 8:30am, while eight CNMI bets will have their opening games today.

In the girls singles, Malika Miyawaki will be taking on Japanese Natsumi Numano in the afternoon tiff at Court 1, while Maria Gregoire is paired against China’s Haoyan Wu. Tania Tan and Hyejin Elliot are the other Commonwealth players competing in the girls division with the former to have her first match againt Japan’s Hiromi Sekiguchi at Court 2. Over at Court 4, Elliott will be taking on South Korea’s Seoyoung Kim.

In the boys singles, the CNMI’s Sam Ryu will challenge Japan’s Yusen Sato at Court 2, while Seung Hyun Kim will also have a Japanese foe in Hayato Kurihara. Two more Commonwealth players will have their opening round games today with Jun Wang battling South Korea’s Sungik Park and Seonggeon squaring off against Hong Kong’s Wang Kwok.

The CNMI has four more entries in the boys singles event which has a 64-player draw. Sean Lee and Robbie Schorr are seeded No. 13 and 7, respectively, and got a bye in the first round along with Ken Song and Jimin Woo.

Other seeded players in the boys singles are No. 1 Yunseok Jang, No. 4 Junhyun Lee, No. 5 Dong Gyu Oh, No. 9 Je Won Jeon, No. 10 Dogeon Park, and No. 15 Sooyang Yang of South Korea; No. 2 Nan Hyun Lin, No. 6 Hong-Lin Fu, and No. 11 Shu-Lun Chang of Chinese-Taipei; No. 3 Matthew Garcia of the Philippines; No. 8 Hiroki Fujita, No. 14 Kaita Odani, and No. 16 Kenta Miyoshi of Japan; and No. 12 Qwyn Quittner of Australia.

In the girls singles, the Top 2 seeds are Japan’s Manami Ukita and China’s Zijun Jiang.

Seeded pairs in the doubles have yet to be posted, as players have until tomorrow to register.

The 2019 Northern Marianas Junior Championships is a Grade 5 event under the ITF Juniors World Tour calendar and awards 30 ranking points to the singles champion and 25 to doubles winners.

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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