ITF Junior Tennis Tournament Doubles Concludes

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Guam – No. 4 Jack Barber of the United States will have a chance to sweep both boys’ titles of the Calvo’s SelectCare ITF Junior Championship after collecting the doubles trophy Friday afternoon with partner Chak Yin Chan of Hong Kong at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts.

The No. 1-seeded tandem of Barber and Chan outlasted No. 2 duo of Benard Bruno Nkomba and Kody Pearson 3-6, 6-2, 10-6 to claim the boys’ doubles title. Barber and Chan, clearly frustrated early by their Australian opponents early on, later found their sync to close out the match.  

[Guam National Tennis Federation president Torgun Smith, in center, poses for a photo with the boys’ doubles finalists after the doubles final of the Calvo’s SelectCare ITF Junior Championship at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. From left to right are Chak Yin Chan, Jack Barber, Smith, Kody Pearson, and Benard Bruno Nkomba. Chan/Barber defeated Pearson/Nkomba 3-6, 6-2, 10-6.]

Earlier in the day, Barber upset No. 1 Taisei Miyamoto of Japan 6-3, 6-2 in singles action and will next face No. 7 Leo Vithoontien of Thailand in the boys’ final beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hilton tennis courts. The Thai southpaw defeated unseeded Ching Lam of Hong Kong 6-3, 6-4 in the day’s mid-morning semifinal match to book his ticket to the final against Barber.

In the girls’ doubles final, No. 3 Satoko Sueno and Yukiho Uragami of Japan defeated another Japanese pair in Nagomi Higashitani and Mai Hontama 6-3, 6-4 for the championship trophy.  

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[Guam National Tennis Federation president Torgun Smith, in center, poses for a photo with the girls’ doubles finalists after the doubles final of the Calvo’s SelectCare ITF Junior Championship at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. From left to right are Yukiho Uragami, Satoko Sueno, Smith, Mai Hontama, and Nagomi Higashitani. Sueno/Uragami defeated Higashitani/Hontama 6-3, 6-4.]

Following the conclusion of each of the doubles championship matches, Guam National Tennis Federation president Torgun Smith presented all finalists with trophies in a short, on-court awards ceremony.

In girls’ singles play, No. 1 Yinglak Jittakoat of Thailand dropped six games in her semifinal match, but managed to defeat Sueno in straight sets 6-2, 6-4. Jittakoat will next play No. 3 Hontama beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Hilton tennis courts. Hontama defeated Sing-Le Fan Chiang of Chinese Taipei 6-5 (retired) for the opportunity to play the tournament’s top seed in the final.   

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[Japan’s Yukiho Uragami plays a backhand return while partner Satoko Sueno anticipates the next play against Japan’s Nagomi Higashitani and Mai Hontama in the girls’ doubles final of the Calvo’s SelectCare ITF Junior Championship at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. Sueno/Uragami defeated Higashitani/Hontama 6-3, 6-4.]

In the lone girls’ singles consolation match of the day, Japan’s Kanako Ota defeated Palau’s Ayana Rengiil 6-0, 6-0.

There is no admission fee to watch the matches. A short awards ceremony will take place following both singles finals at the Hilton tennis courts.