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ITF East Pacific Tournament players end first day of qualifying tournament

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) East Pacific Qualifying 2012 Tournament for Junior Tennis players from American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga, in three different age categories, completed their first day of competition, on Monday — which included the opening ceremony.

Players are competing for a spot next month in the Pacific Oceania Junior Championships (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 Fiji.

Despite the rain on opening day, spirits were not dampened as play started, with each competitor anxious to showcase their tennis skills, trying their best to earn that POJC spot.

Samoa News had a chance to speak with the visiting Head Coach of the Junior National Tennis Team of Tonga, Iasinito Hausia, who is here with 14 of his players.

“It is a great honor to be here in American Samoa with my team to be competing in this competition,” said Hausia. “I have six players in the Twelve and Under division that are competing for the first time in international competition. I am very happy for these new kids in accomplishing what they did here. We are very, very happy that we came to American Samoa. Even though getting the fares and all that we needed in Tonga for this trip was a difficult process, we still wanted to bring at least fourteen kids. I am hoping that some of my kids will qualify for the POJC in Fiji. No matter what happens, it has been great being here,” he said.

The finals for the singles will take place tomorrow, while the doubles will all take place on Friday.

Here are the results of the first day of the ITF East Pacific Qualifying  2012 Tournament:

Boys 18 & under:

Lars Cronin (Samoa) defeated Louie Amurao (American Samoa) 6-3 6-4

Christian Duchnak (American Samoa) defeated Sioeli Tu’Akoi (Tonga) 6-0 6-0

Christopher Sami (American Samoa) defeated Wornell Taotua (Samoa) 6-0 6-0

Girls 18 & under:

Daurice Toleaoa (Samoa) defeated Raewyn Fong (Samoa) 6-3 6-4

Loloma Ripley (Samoa) defeated Evangeline Evagelia (American Samoa) 6-0 6-4

Lelani Duchnak (American Samoa) defeated Noelani Posala (Samoa) 6-0 6-0

Boys 15 & under:

Ethan Samau (Samoa) defeated Sopu Isirael (Tonga)

Kevin Maukoloa (American Samoa) defeated Clarence Heinrich (American Samoa) 6-0 6-2

Carlos Ah Ching (American Samoa) defeated Samuela Afemui (Tonga) 6-1 6-4

Tipeni Fiavaai (Samoa) defeated Dither Barja (American Samoa) 6-0 6-2

Kongaika Peauafi (Tonga) defeated Alexander Roberts (American Samoa) 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-6(4)

Kalepo Tuifia (Samoa) defeated Brandon Kim (American Samoa) 6-0 6-0

Juma Vigaz (American Samoa) defeated Stephen Tuautu (Samoa) 6-0 6-0

Girls 15 & under:

Saupo Kaitu’u (Tonga) defeated Dora Perelini (American Samoa) 6-1 6-4

Anatasia Tapusoa (Samoa) defeated Lyla Tapusoa (Samoa) 7-5 6-2

Charity Sagiao (American Samoa) defeated Meletupou Kaitu’u (Tonga) 6-2 6-2

Taumasina Keil (Samoa) defeated Numi Ofoia (American Samoa) 6-3 6-2

Simoana Reupena (Samoa) defeated Ilaisaane Afemui (Tonga) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

Anasis Saipele (Samoa) defeated Matahiatu Teuilatulahi (Tonga) 6-0 6-0

Kalani Soli (American Samoa) defeated Jessica Lesa (Samoa) 6-0 6-1

Mishaela Bonin (Samoa) defeated Tyra Uhrle (American Samoa) 6-1 6-0

Boys 12 & under:

Anthany Tongi (Tonga) defeated Timothy Gayapa (American Samoa) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0

Harley Cronin (Samoa) defeated John Quinn Lim (American Samoa) 6-0 6-0

Dige Reupena (Samoa) defeated Deon Passi (American Samoa)6-4 6-2

Kristen Pravitt (Samoa) defeated Aloalii Suhren (American Samoa) 6-1 6-1

Liufala Kaitu’u (Tonga) defeated Marcus Fong (Samoa) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1

Theodore Hernich (American Smoa) defeated Iosua Hemmingway (American Samoa) 6-1 6-2

Harley Cronin (Samoa) defeated Anthany Tongi (Tonga) 6-0 6-0

Afemui Tuapasi defeated Dige Reupena (Samoa) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Theodore Hernrich (American Samoa) defeated Kristen Pravitt (Samoa) 6-2 6-2

John Quinn Lim (American Samoa) defeated Timothy Gayapa (American Samoa) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4

Larry Magalasin (American Samoa) defeated Liufala Kaitu’u (Tonga) 6-0 6-0

Iosua Hemmingway (American Samoa) defeated Aloalii Suhren (American Samoa) 6-0 6-0

Girls 12 & under

Meraul Loibi (Samoa) defeated Princess Carter (American Samoa) 6-0 6-0

Taimane Asuega (American Samoa) defeated Leslie Heleta (Tonga) 6-4 6-0

Lili Lesa (Samoa) defeated Crystal Christmen (American Samoa) 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

Blanchie Herrera (American Samoa) defeated Telesio Atonio (Samoa) 7-5 6-4

Skylawn Palelei (Tonga) defeated Yasmina Latu (Samoa) 6-4 6-4

Mychaela Miller (American Samoa) defeated Kekoa Vaefa (American Samoa) 6-2 6-4

Michelle Miller (American Samoa) defeated Meraul Loibi (Samoa) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1

Skylawn Palelei (Tonga) defeated Blanchie Herrera (American Samoa) 6-2 6-3

Telesia Atonio (Samoa) defeated Yasmina Latu (Samoa) 6-3 6-3