Day 4: Weather clears; doubles action commences in King’s Guam Futures tennis tourney

After a two-day delay due to weather, doubles action commenced on Day 3 of the 2017 King’s Guam Futures, an ITF Pro Circuit event presented by Docomo Pacific and Hilton Guam Resort & Spa at the Hilton tennis courts Wednesday.
Wild cards Christopher Cajigan of the Northern Mariana Islands and Australia’s Jesse Delaney nearly upset No. 3 Connor Farren of the United States and Portugal’s Bernardo Saraiva, losing in the third set super tiebreaker, 1-6, 6-4, 7-10.

Farren and Saraiva will next play the United States’ Nicholas Kamisar and Joseph van Meter, winners over Japan’s Kazuma Kawachi and Kento Tagashira 6-0, 2-6, 10-3.
In other doubles action, No. 1 Jake Delaney of Australia and Soichiro Moritani of Japan defeated Michael Kwong of Hong Kong and Matt Seeberger of the United States 6-4, 6-4 and will next face Korea Republic’s Kwon Oh-Hee and Moon Ju-Hae. The Korean pair defeated Guam’s lone entry in the doubles draw, Derek Okuhama and Emil Christian Penafiel 6-2, 6-0.

No. 2 Yuichi Ito and Ken Onoda of Japan cruised past Japan’s Masayoshi Ono and United States’ Nicholas Reyes 6-2, 6-1 in a 43-minute match and will next face the Japanese duo of Masaki Osafune and Naru Shirafuji. Osafune and Shirafuji needed three sets to defeat Great Britain’s Alexis Canter and Switzerland’s Luca Castelnuovo 4-6, 7-5, 10-2 in their Round of 16 match.

No. 4 Masaki Sasai and Shunrou Takeshima of Japan defeated compatriots Ryota Kishi and Keisuke Numajiri 6-1, 6-0 and will next face another Japanese tandem, Kazuki Nishiwaki and Daisuke Sumizawa. Nishiwaki and Sumizawa rallied to defeat wild cards Alex Hunt of New Zealand and Philippines’ Jacob Lagman 7-6(4), 7-5.

In the day’s singles play, Takao Suzuki, a former top-ranked player in Japan, upset No. 2 Issei Okamura 7-5, 6-4.
No. 4 Soichiro Moritani of Japan put away qualifying draw winner Yuki Nakamura in three sets, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
No. 5 Jake Delaney of Australia needed over two hours to put away wild card Ren Nakamura of Japan 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the day’s marathon match.

Japan’s Kazuma Kawachi defeated Great Britain’s Alexis Canter 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 and Korea’s Kwon Oh-Hee defeated Japan’s Ryota Kishi 7-5, 6-2.

In matches resumed from Tuesday evening, Luca Castelnuovo of Switzerland defeated Japan’s Masaki Sasai 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, Japan’s Naru Shirafuji upset No. 7 Bernardo Saraiva of Portugal 6-4, 6-4, and Ken Onoda of Japan defeated qualifying draw winner Nicholas Reyes of the United States 6-4, 6-4.

Singles and doubles action continues Thursday.

For information about the tournament and match schedules, visit
http://gntf.org/2017-kings-guam-futures/
http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/men’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100040260