Kang and Wang survive tough matches


Daniel Kang makes a baseline return during his and Jun Wang’s boys U16 doubles game against Anthony Gregoire and Jun Cheol Hwang in the 10th TanHoldings Tennis Classic last Sunday at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan courts. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Daniel Kang and Jun Wang were unbeaten in three games to rule the boys U16 doubles event in the 10th TanHoldings Tennis Classic last weekend.

Though the duo earned an undefeated record in their division, it labored through these matches, as the three games were all decided via supertie-breaker third sets.

Kang and Wang first played Hyun Min Cho and Andy Kim last Saturday morning at Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan courts and eked out a 6-4, 2-6, 10-7 win. For their second victory, the eventual champions pulled off a 6-2, 2-6, 10-2 victory versus Isaac Heo and David Kwon at the Hyatt Regency Saipan courts last Sunday morning. In the afternoon of the same day, Kang and Wang played at the Fiesta court and escaped with a 2-6, 7-6 (5), 12-10 victory against Anthony Gregoire and Jun Cheol Hwang to clinch the division title.

Meanwhile, Wataru Kadokura and June Yu bagged the boys U12 doubles championship after posting a 2-0 record in the round-robin contest

The pair first topped Yutaka Kadokura and Ki Won Lee 6-1, 6-2, and then defeated Takeru Jim and Nason Wessel, 7-5, 6-1. Jim and Wessel finished second after beating Yutaka and Lee, 6-0, 6-1.

Besides the junior singles and doubles, Week 1 of the TanHoldings Tennis Classic also featured a mini tennis competition.

Eli Cho won the division, while Hannah Chae and Ian Chae finished second and third, respectively. Jeon Bin Park, Jihun Park, Landon Pudney, Guido Jambor, Devin Wang, Isa Nishitani, and Ki Eun Lee were the other participants in the mini tennis event.

Action in the TanHoldings Tennis Classic will resume this weekend with the staging of the adults singles, doubles, and mixed doubles games.

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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