Guam – Behind all the comical antics, yells of frustration and trash-talking across the net, Kaina Tapu found the winning combination in his wife, Rosalie Cao in the Mixed 45+ divison of the 2012 Quality Cup tennis tournament SUNDAY at Hilton Guam Resort & Spa.
It was only fitting that Cao’s service return winner down the alley at match point ended the close contest against No. 2 seeded Craig Tsuda and Migu Goodman, 7-5, 2-6, 10-6 for the Mixed 45+ crown.
[Kaina Tapu takes advantage of a short, high ball for a smash against Craig Tsuda and Migu Goodman in the Mixed 45+ division of the 2012 Quality Cup tennis tournament. Tapu’s wife and mixed doubles partner, Rosalie Cao, looks on.]
In other matches, Wendell Roden picked up two mixed doubles championships. Roden teamed up with his sister Jocelyn and defeated the persistent Sam Lai and Yuka Iwata, 6-2, 6-4 in the Mixed 35+ final under a blistering mid-day sun. Next, Wendell Roden and partner Vivian Lee defeated junior champions Emil-Christian Penafiel and Chloe Gadsden 6-3, 6-4 in the late afternoon final of the Mixed Open division.
Lai would not go empty-handed in the day, picking up the Mixed 4.0 division crown with teammate Goodman. Lai/Goodman cruised past Robert Mendi and Charlayne Espinosa 6-3, 6-3 in today’s final.
In the Mixed 3.0 division, Edward Chung and Ashley Nadler earned the title after beating You Young Cho and Hae Min Song 6-1, 6-4.
Victor Tuncap and last-minute mixed doubles partner Shina Yasukawa won the Mixed. 2.0 division with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Erwin Soto and Emmanuelle Haurillon.
In age singles action, Khay Sung won the Men’s 35+ round robin after an early morning 6-1, 6-2 win over Tae Heon Kim. Sung already had beaten Joseph Cruz on Saturday for the 1-0 advantage coming into today’s match.
Saipan’s Lydia Tan won the Women’s 35+ division, securing win No. 2 in the best of three round robin format against Melycel Penafiel, 6-0, 6-1.
Byron Hardy won a tough marathon match, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, against Peter Lai in the Men’s 45+ division final for the title.
In the Men’s 55+ division, No. 2 Raymond Miranda emerged as champion after shutting out Richard Leon, 6-0, 6-0 in the final.
No. 2 Bob Ho upset No. 1 Pete Cepeda, 6-2, 8-6 in the Men’s 60+ division final for the title.
Quality Cup doubles competition commences Friday, with all final matches on Sunday before the official tournament banquet.