The top seeds advanced as expected as the SIS STUCO Tennis Tournament got going last Sunday at the American Memorial Park and Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan tennis courts.
After rain washed out all the matches on the first day of the supposed to be two-day tournament last Saturday, top seeds Carol Lee and Robbie Schorr set up a third round match after outdueling their lower seeded opponents last Sunday in the boys U18.
After getting a bye in the first round, Lee won her first match against Ken Song 6-3, 6-3. Song earlier advanced against the No. 1 seed Lee after upending Sam Ryu, 6-0, 6-3.
Schorr, for his part, played in the first round and made short work of Isaac Heo, 6-1, 6-0, before setting up his third round match against Lee with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Jinmin Woo. Woo earlier defeated Carol’s younger brother, Sean, 6-3-6-1, in their opening round pairing.
In the boys U16, top seed Andy Kim is in the third round after a tough 7-5, 7-5 win against Juncheol Hwang. He got a bye in the first round. Hwang advanced to the second round after beating Daniel Kang, 6-1, 6-4.
Waiting for Kim in the third round is David Kwon, who also had to go through the eye of the needle in his 7-5, 7-5 victory against Jun Wang. Kwon earlier defeated Sam Culp, 6-0, 6-1, while Wang was a 6-2, 6-1 victor against Andrew Chung.
June Yu, Nason Wessel, and Wataru and Yutaka Kadokura are all safely in the third round of the boys U12.
In the U10 mini tennis tournament, Jung Bin Park won the whole shebang after beating Ian Chae, 4-1. Results of the girls U12, girls U14, doubles U18, and doubles U12 will be reported in tomorrow’s issue of the Saipan Tribune. The SIS STUCO Tennis Tournament will continue next weekend, good weather permitting.
The Saipan International School student council is organizing the SIS STUCO Tennis Tournament. It is being held to fundraise for the school’s many activities, including prom. SIS student and CNMI junior national player Malika Miyawaki is coordinating the entire tournament with the help of CNMI national tennis coach and sports hall of famer Jeff Race.