Guam – Korea’s Bang-Ho Song was the final player to enter the main draw of the 2013 Lacoste GVB Futures tennis tournament after garnering a 6-0, 6-4 victory over the Philippines’ Jacob Lagman in the tournament qualifiers at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts.
Lagman had some difficulty finding his first serve and game rhythm early in the match, falling behind 0-3 in the opening set. Lagman had a good chance to get back in the match forcing two deuces in the fourth game, but a costly forehand error, followed by a Song volley winner closed out Lagman’s chance. Song continued to take advantage of his opponent’s errors, including two double faults in the final game of the set, to take a commanding 6-0 first-set win.
[Korea’s Bang-Ho Song serves the ball to the Philippines’ Jacob Lagman in a qualifying draw match of the 2013 Lacoste GVB Futures tennis tournament at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. Song defeated Lagman 6-0, 6-4 to advance into the tournament’s main draw.]
Lagman regrouped in the second set, engaging in baseline rallies with his opponent and forcing errors to hold serve for the first time in the match. Song attempted a serve-and-volley approach in the next game, but ended up with a pair of double faults and a volley error, with Lagman finding himself at double break point. After a backhand error in the next point, Lagman patiently played safer baseline shots, eventually setting up Song to approach the net. Lagman then launched a beautiful passing shot to claim the service break that fueled energetic applause from spectators.
Lagman later moved up to 3-1 after holding serve, but he wasn’t in the driver’s seat for very long. With the score later tied at 3-3, Song managed to hold serve after playing five deuces to regain the lead at 4-3. In the tenth game of the set, Song found himself at triple match point, but Lagman continued to fight to eventually force deuce. A service return error gave Lagman the advantage, but his ensuing double fault put the game back at deuce. A Lagman backhand error, followed by a forehand error gave Song the final ticket into the tournament’s main draw.
Main draw action of the tournament begins Monday at 10 a.m., following a short 15-minute opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m. Former ATP #12 Dominik Hrbaty plays the first main draw match on Court 1 against Japan’s Soichiro Moritani. The tournament’s No. 3-ranked player Junn Mitsuhashi from Japan plays former BYU tennis standout Thomas Schubert on Court 2 and China’s Zhao Yang Wang takes on Japan’s Katsuki Nagao on Court 5.
[The Philippines’ Jacob Lagman focuses on the ball to attempt a backhand slice return to opponent Bang-Ho Song of Korea in a qualifying draw match of the 2013 Lacoste GVB Futures tennis tournament at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. Song defeated Lagman 6-0, 6-4 to advance into the tournament’s main draw.]
Doubles action also will commence Monday, with Guam’s Daniel Llarenas partnering with Shubert to go against Australia’s David Barclay and Brendan Moore on Court 5, not earlier than 12:30 p.m.
The day’s order of play, as well as the singles and doubles brackets, can be found on the tournament’s Facebook page, facebook.com/GuamFutures. The order of play and brackets also have been posted at the Hilton tennis courts bulletin board.
The community is invited to watch the tennis matches. There is no admission fee.