Youth netters are November’s best


Rising youth netters Jimin Woo and Isabel Heras earned the Northern Marianas Sports Association-Tan Siu Lin Foundation Male and Female Student Athletes of the Month for November.

Woo and Heras earned the monthly honors, given by NMSA during the group’s monthly meeting at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium conference room, after their title-clinching performances in the recently concluded 7th Tan Holdings Tennis Classic.

CNMI Junior Team member Woo brought home two junior titles after sweeping his way in the boys U12 singles and doubles crown with partner Daniel Kang.

Woo first won the doubles crown with Kang as they made short work of the partnership of Rintaro Miyawaki and Richard Steele, 6-1, 6-2, in the finals. They advanced to the title match after a 6-0, 6-0 shutout victory over brothers Bekcham and Ravi Richards in the semis.

The top seeded Woo, who finished third last year, then added the U12 singles trophy with a 6-0, 6-4 decision against No. 2 Seung Jin Paik.

Woo defeated Chris Kim, 6-4, 6-0, in the quarterfinals, and had an easy 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Roman Merletti of Guam in the semis.

Heras followed suit in the U16 girls division, winning the singles title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against second seeded Tania Tan.

The top-ranked Heras earned a finals berth after a 6-1, 6-3 beating of Ami Tsukagoshi in the semifinals.

Heras, longtime CNMI tennis coach Jeff Race said, has accepted the International Tennis Federation’s invitation to be part of the Pacific Oceania Touring Team.

The Pacific Oceania Touring Team will be competing in the Margaret Court Cup in Wodonga, Australia next month.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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