Sikkel sweeps Bridge Capital tennis tourney

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Savita Sikkel excelled in the girls U14 singles category of the 2021 Bridge Capital Tennis Classic tournament after sweeping all her matches in the round-robin tournament last weekend at the American Memorial Park tennis courts.

Sikkel completed the three-day tourney with a win-loss record of 4-0 to put her in first place, crushing all the competitors she was pitted against.

In her first match of the tournament, she took a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Anna Kwon and moved on to face Hoo Wang. During the match, Sikkel struggled a little in the first set but managed to prevail with a 7-5 victory before ultimately overpowering Wang in the second set, 6-1.

Next, the champ faced Anne Lee and like those before her, Sikkel showed no mercy, taking a 6-0, 6-1 victory over her foe.

In her last match of the tournament, Sikkel outplayed eventual runner-up Irin Chung, taking a 6-3, 6-3, victory to secure her title.

Chung completed the tournament with a win-loss record of 3-1 with her only loss to Sikkel.

During her first match, she crushed Anne Lee, 6-1, 6-1, before moving on to beat Anna Kwon by a 6-4, 6-2 victory. After losing her match to Sikkel, Chung managed to conquer her final game of the tournament against Wang, 6-2, 7-5.

Completing the age group’s Top 3 was Wang who finished the tournament with a win-loss record of 2-2.

Wang managed to prevail in the match against Anna Kwon, 6-2, 7-6 (6), and Anne Lee, 6-1,6-0.

Meanwhile, in the girls U12 singles, Anne Lee prevailed with a win-loss record of 2-0. She bested Hannah Chae and moved on to beat Lina Tsukagoshi, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Tsukagoshi took second place in the category after outplaying Hannah Chae but no results were available.

Also winning a title last weekend for the boys U12 singles was Yutaka Kadokura who beat Siwoo Lee.

The champ upset top seed Lee via a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

He made it to the finals after sweeping his matches against Ian Chae, 6-4, 6-3, and moved on to battle Henry Yeom in the semifinals where Kadokura took a 6-4, 6-1 victory.

Runner-up Lee gained the finals seat in the top half after besting Taher Shakir in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-2.

Completing the Top 3 was Ki Won Lee who vied for third place against Henry Yeom. Lee managed to take the title after a super-tiebreaker third set where he got away with a 10-6 victory.

A third set was needed after Lee lost the second set, 4-6 but In the previous set, he managed to take a 6-4 victory over Yeom.

The Northern Mariana Islands Tennis Association helped coordinate the 2021 Bridge Capital Tennis Classic.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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