Guam – Takuya Saito came to Guam to visit his older brother Yusuke, an intern at Alupang Beach Club and ended up a champion in both Men’s Open singles and doubles in the 2012 Quality Cup tennis tournament.
Although both Saitos seemed to be hardly challenged in their run to the finals of the Men’s Open singles competition two weekends ago, the brothers teamed up and finally met their match in doubles against Daniel Llarenas and partner Alexander Ornbo. The Japanese pair dropped one set in their 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 victory over Llarenas, fresh off of Davis Cup doubles play and Ornbo.
[Daniel Llarenas extends for a backhand volley as partner Alexander Ornbo watches his opponents’ next move in the Men’s Open doubles final against brothers Yusuke and Takuya Saito]
Although Llarenas and Ornbo quickly picked up a 4-1 lead in the super tiebreaker third set, the Saitos tied the set at 4-4 after Llarenas netted Takuya Saito’s approach volley. The Japanese brothers continued the fight in the next point, returning a smash attempt from Ornbo and then one from Llarenas before Ornbo put it away for the 5-4 advantage.
From there, the Saito brothers took advantage of four Llarenas/Ornbo errors and a Takuya Saito volley winner to get to match point 9-5 in the set. At match point, Takuya Saito double faulted to keep Llarenas and Ornbo in contention. The Guam pair picked up a pair of points off errors from their Japanese opponents to trail by one at 9-8. Takuya Saito finally put the match away on the next point with a volley winner down the middle.
In other doubles finals, Boys’ 16-and-under doubles champions Emil-Christian Penafiel and Joshua Cepeda claimed the Men’s 4.5 Doubles crown with a 4-6, 6-3, 10-4 win over Sam Lai and Jimmy Tsang.
Anthony John and David Okuhama claimed the Men’s 4.0 Doubles title with a 2-6, 6-2, 10-4 victory over Robert Mendi and Freddie Calaranan.
Up-and-coming juniors Gavin Lee and Sidney Gadsden earned the Men’s 3.0 Doubles crown with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Joshua and Jeremiah Gallego.
In the Men’s 35+ Doubles division, Joseph Cruz and Wendell Roden defeated Pete Cepeda and Jojo Alcantara 6-1, 6-1 in the blistering heat for the title.
Cepeda and Alcantara didn’t go empty-handed, claiming the Men’s 45+ title following a default by David Lai and Craig Tsuda.
In the Men’s 55+ division, Ricardo Estella and Rick Ninete won the best of three round robin with a 6-2, 2-6, 10-3 victory over Cepeda and Jeff Bristol.
In the Women’s Open division, Michelle Pang and Liza Provido were the winning combination, beating Anita Feria and Margaret Terry 6-2, 6-0 in the final.
Chloe Gadsden and Ashley Nadler defeated Diane Lee and Camdyn Nadler 6-4, 6-2 for the Women’s 4.0 Doubles crown.
Tess Suh and Ira Cubi won the Women’s 2.0 Doubles crown with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 2 seeds Shiho Katsura and Amy Hong.
Julie Bollinger and Rosalie Cao owned the Women’s 45+ doubles division, beating Migu Goodman and Atsuko Yamauchi in the final, 4-6, 7-5, 10-3.