Takuya Saito Wins Men’s Singles Crown at 2012 Quality Cup


Guam – In the all-Saito final of the Men’s Open singles division of the 2012 Quality Cup tennis tournament, it was younger brother Takuya who finished the victor with a 6-0, 7-6(3) win today at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts.

Yusuke Saito, an intern at Alupang Beach Club from Japan, invited his brother, Takuya, to play in the tennis tournament while in Guam on vacation. Takuya Saito is on an extended break from school and will soon graduate from high school.

Takuya Saito also takes home the championship award in the Men’s 4.5 singles division with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Joshua Cepeda, who defeated fellow junior player Alfred Chan in the semifinals. Earlier in the day, Saito was tested by Emil Christian Penafiel in the semifinals, but was able to muster a 7-5, 6-0 win over Guam’s junior champion to set up the final with Cepeda.

The Saito brothers intend to team up for the tournament’s doubles competition, scheduled to begin in two weeks.

In other matches, Charlayne Espinosa cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Camdyn Nadler to claim the Women’s Open crown. No. 2 seed Nadler earlier upset the No. 1-seeded Espinosa, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, for the Women’s 4.0 division title.

Pualani Lansing won the Women’s 3.0 singles title, needing three sets to dispatch Ashley Nadler, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. In the women’s 2.0 singles final, Emmanuelle Haurillon beat Erin Duenas, 6-3, 6-3 for the title.

The Men’s 4.0 semifinals will take place on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton. No. 1 Ricardo Estella takes on No. 4 David Okuhama in the top half of the draw and Derek Okuhama will face Bob Ho in the other semifinal.

No. 1 seeded Andrew Chung will battle against Victor Tuncap for the Men’s 3.0 singles title, also scheduled for Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton.

Mixed doubles and age singles will commence on Friday. A total of 48 teams have signed up to play in four different mixed doubles divisions – the most to date for the Quality Cup.  Schedules will be posted at the Hilton, the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort tennis courts and the Rick Ninete Tennis Center in Hagatna.