Sikkel sweeps Bridge Capital tennis tourney



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 Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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