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Local tennis players look strong going into final day of singles match

jeff@samoanews.com
Saupo Kaitu’u of Tonga’s National Team during this week’s International Tennis Federation East Pacific Qualifying 2012 Tournament for Junior tennis players eighteen years of age and younger, taking place on the tennis courts at Lions Park. Today is the last day of singles competition, with doubles matches taking place tomorrow. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

This is the final day for singles action in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) East Pacific Qualifying 2012 Tournament for Junior tennis players eighteen years of age and younger, taking place at the tennis courts at Lions Park. American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga are competing in this year’s meet.

As reported by Samoa News throughout the week, the players are competing for a spot next month in the Pacific Oceania Junior Championship (POJC) that will be taking place in Fiji from August 6-10. The top two male and female players from each age group in this tournament, which will be a total of 12 players, will be representing the East Pacific.

In the Boys 18 & under division, Christopher Sami and Christian Duchnak, both of American Samoa have dominated their matches, along with Samoa’s Lars Cronin who had been playing strongly.

The Girls 18 & under division, had Loloma Ripley of Samoa and Leilani Duchnak going undefeated in the first two days of play, but on this last day in the singles, it’s still anyone’s match.

The Boys 15 & under appear to be very close, with all of the players taking to it the wire on this last day of singles competition, while one of the hot hands in the Girls 15 & under is American Samoa’s Kalani Soli.

In the Boys 12 & under, Harley Cronin of Samoa and Theodore Herdrich of American Samoa will be leading the group with Tonga’s Afemui Tuapasi right behind them.

One of the leaders in the Girls 12 & under is Tonga’s Skylawn Palelei going into this final day of singles play.

Tomorrow will be double’s play for the final day of the competition.

Here are the results of the second day of play  for the ITF East Pacific Qualifying 2012 Tournament:

Boys 18 & under:

Christopher Sami (American Samoa) defeated Sioeli Tu’akoi (Tonga) 6-0 6-0

Christian Duchnak (American Samoa) defeated Louie Amurao (American Samoa) 6-1 6-2

Lars Cronin (Samoa) defeated Wornell Taotua (Samoa) 6-0 6-1

Girls 18 & under:

Leilani Duchnak (American Samoa) defeated Raewyn Fong (Samoa) 6-0 6-0

Loloma Ripley (Samoa) defeated Daurice Toleaoa (Samoa) 6-1 6-2

Evangeline Evagelia (American Samoa) defeated Noelani Posala (Samoa) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1

Boys 15 & under:

Alexander Roberts (American Samoa) defeated Brandon Kim (American Samoa) 6-1 6-1

Teu Tongi (Tonga) defeated Juma Vigaz (American Samoa) 6-2 6-3

Samuela Afemui (Tonga) defeated Dither Barja (American Samoa) 6-0 6-0

Kalepo Tuifia (Samoa) defeated Kongaika Peauafi (Tonga) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

Kevin Maukoloa (American Samoa) defeated Ethan Samau (Samoa) 6-1 6-2

Tipeni Fiavaai (Samoa) defeated Carlos Ah Ching (American Samoa) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2

Clarence Herdrich (American Samoa) defeated Sopu Isirael-  w.o. Won

Kongaika Peauafi (Tonga) defeated Brandon Kim (American Samoa) 6-0 6-0

Kevin Maukoloa (American Samoa) defeated Sopu Isirael-  w.o. Won

Clarence Herdrich (American Samoa) defeated Ethan Samau (Samoa) 7-6(6) 6-1

Tipeni Fiavaai (Samoa) defeated Samuela Afemui (Tonga) 6-3 6-1

Carlos Ah Ching (American Samoa) defeated Dither Barja (American Samoa) 6-0 6-0

Teu Tongi (Tonga) defeated Stephen Tuautu (Samoa) 6-1 6-1

Kalepo Tuifia (Samoa) defeated Alexander Roberts (American Samoa) 6-1 6-3

Girls 15 & under:

Meletupou Kaitu’u (Tonga) defeated Tyra Uhrle (American Samoa) 6-1 6-0

Anatasia Tapusoa (Samoa) defeated Saupo Kaitu’u (Tonga) 6-0 6-0

Lyla Tapusoa (Samoa) defeated Dora Perelini (American Samoa) 6-1 6-1

Kalani Soli (American Samoa) defeated Anasis Saipele (Samoa) 6-1 6-0

Ilaisaane Afemui (Tonga) defeated Taumasina Keil (Samoa) 7-5 6-3

Simoana Reupena (Samoa) defeated Numi Ofoia (American Samoa) 6-1 6-0

Jessica Lesa (Samoa) defeated Matahiatu Teuilatulahi (Tonga) 7-5 6-0

Charity Sagiao (American Samoa) defeated Mishaela Bonin (Samoa) 6-3 6-1

Taumasina Keil (Samoa) defeated Simoana Reupena (Samoa) 6-3 6-2

Kalani Soli (American Samoa) defeated Matahiatu Teuilatulahi (Tonga) 6-0 6-0

Anasis Saipele (Samoa) defeated Jessica Lesa (Samoa) 6-2 6-0

Anatasia Tapusoa (Samoa) defeated Dora Perelini (American Samoa) 6-0 6-0

Lyla Tapusoa (Samoa) defeated Saupo Kaitu’u (Tonga) 6-0 6-1

Mishaela Bonin (Samoa) defeated Meletupou Kaitu’u (Tonga) 6-1 6-1

Charity Sagiao (American Samoa) defeated Tyra Uhrle (American Samoa) 6-0 6-0

Ilaisaane Afemui (Tonga) defeated Numi Ofoia (American Samoa) 6-2 6-2

Boys 12 & under:

Harley Cronin (Samoa) defeated Timothy Gayapa (American Samoa) 6-0 6-1

John Quinn Lim (American Samoa) defeated Anthany Tongi (Tonga) 6-2 6-3

Theodore Herdrich (American Samoa) defeated Aloalii Suhren (American Samoa) 6-0 6-0

Kristen Pravitt (Samoa) defeated Iosua Hemingway (American Samoa) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1

Afemui Tuapasi (Tonga) defeated Deon Passi (American Samoa) 3-6, 6-0, 6-2

Larry Magalasin (American Samoa) defeated Marcus Fong (Samoa) 6-0 6-0

Girls 12 & under:

Jeezabel Cristofari (Samoa) defeated Mychaela Miller (American Samoa) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Lili Lesa (Samoa) defeated Leslie Heleta (Tonga) 6-1 6-2

Crystal Christmen (American Samoa) Taimane Asuega (American Samoa) 6-2 6-1

Michelle Miller (American Samoa) defeated Princess Carter 6-0 6-0

Lili Lesa (Samoa) defeated Taimane Asuega (American Samoa) 6-0 6-2

Crystal Christmen (American Samoa) defeated Leslie Heleta (Tonga) 6-2 6-1

Skylawn Palelei (Tonga) defeated Telesia Atonio (Samoa) 7-5 6-1

Blanchie Herrera (American Samoa) defeated Yasmina Latu (Samoa) 6-3 6-2

Kekoa Vaefa (American Samoa) defeated Jeezabel Cristofari (Samoa) 6-2 6-2

Reach the reporter at jeff@samoanews.com



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