Pearson Becomes Youngest Player to Win in Guam Futures Tennis

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Guam – Experience is always a plus, but sometimes, youthful energy is just as good, if not better.

 

Australian junior Kody Pearson embodied the latter, winning his singles match against Japan’s Sogo Kuroda 6-4, 6-4 in Day 2 action of the 2014 Delta Guam Futures tennis tournament, presented by Docomo Pacific and Hilton Guam Resort & Spa at the Hilton tennis courts.

    

[Australia’s Kody Pearson chases down a backhand return against Japan’s Sogo Kuroda during a Day 2 match of the 2014 Delta Guam Futures presented by Docomo Pacific and Hilton Guam Resort & Spa at the Hilton tennis courts. Pearson defeated Kuroda 6-4, 6-4.]

Pearson, at just 14 years old, made it into the Guam Futures’ history book as the youngest player in the tournament’s history to win a match in the main singles draw, earning him his first professional world ranking point in the process. For Pearson, the tournament in Guam was his first-ever foray into professional tennis.

“I was nervous going into the match since my opponent had beaten my friend in the qualifiers,” Pearson said of Kuroda, who had defeated Jesse Delaney, another Australian junior player, in the qualifiers. “For my next match, my plan is to stay aggressive, and to try not to get too far behind. I’m looking to dominate points instead of defending.”  

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[No. 3 Yuuya Kibi of Japan plays a backhand return to Australia’s David Barclay during a Day 2 match of the 2014 Delta Guam Futures presented by Docomo Pacific and Hilton Guam Resort & Spa at the Hilton tennis courts. Kibi advanced to Round 2 with a 6-2, 6-2 win]

Pearson, who needed to win two matches in the weekend qualifiers for a spot in the main draw, will next face No. 7 Katsuki Nagao.

In other Day 2 singles matches, No. 1 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan of India cruised into Round 2 defeating Japan’s Koichi Sano 6-2, 6-4. No. 3 Yuuya Kibi defeated Australia’s David Barclay 6-2, 6-2 to earn a Round 2 spot against compatriot Shunrou Takeshima, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Masaki Sasai. Korean qualifier Hyun-Soo Lim needed three sets to defeat Jack Barber of the United States 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 and will next face No. 4 Bumpei Sato, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Japan’s Tadayuki Longhi. In the bottom half of the draw, No. 2 Takuto Niki defeated Hiroshi Yano 6-2, 6-0 and will next play Atsushi Ushida, a 5-7, 6-0, 7-5 winner over Australia’s Brendan Moore.  

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[Japan’s Sogo Kuroda plays a backhand against Australia’s Kody Pearson during a Day 2 match of the 2014 Delta Guam Futures presented by Docomo Pacific and Hilton Guam Resort & Spa at the Hilton tennis courts. Pearson defeated Kuroda 6-4, 6-4.]

In doubles action, No. 3 Katsuki Nagao and partner Hiromasa Oku defeated Thomas Fancutt and Anthony John 6-2, 6-4 to play against Longhi and Ko Suzuki, 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-6 winners over Australian tandem Moore and partner Winter Meagher. Yano and Zhuo Zhang defeated Ian Hyland Glessing and Victor Tuncap 6-2, 6-3 and will next play No. 4 Takeshima and Gengo Kikuchi, 6-3, 6-2 winners over Ryota Hisamatsu and Atsushi Ushida.

Tennis action continues Wednesday with both singles and doubles action beginning at 10 a.m. at the Hilton tennis courts. Updated draw sheets and the day’s order of play are posted at the tennis clubhouse and also on Facebook, at facebook.com/GuamTennis  

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[No. 1 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan of India gets in position to send a backhand volley to Japan’s Koichi Sano during a Day 2 match of the 2014 Delta Guam Futures presented by Docomo Pacific and Hilton Guam Resort & Spa at the Hilton tennis courts. Nedunchezhiyan defeated Sano 6-2, 6-4]