The 47th Annual Chamorro Open continued this past weekend with the skilled doubles division that was filled with passionate matches that pushed the participants to aim higher and claim victory.
In the Men’s 5.0 division Geo Wu and Luan Nguyen climbed their way to the top of the bracket and defeated the No. 1 seeded team Torgun Smith and Junhyeok Son 7-6, 3-6, 6-10 to claim the title. Wu had nothing but praise and respect for his opponents after winning the division with Nguyen.
“It was an honor to even play within the Skilled Doubles division because the bracket had some of the toughest competitors I have ever seen and played against,” said Wu. “And then to even win the tournament, I am overwhelmed.”
In the Men’s 4.5 division, Julien Guedon and Herman Paul also turned the tide against the No. 1 seeded Richard Hawes and Austen Chamberlain and won the match 6-4, 7-5. Guedon also succeeded in the Men’s 4.0 division with his partner Peter Nedlic and battled against Fred Alfonso and Gerry Leonardo to win 6-2, 6-2.
Francisco San Nicolas and Darren Talai also played a passionate match against Romel Elizaga and Alvin Lopez, where neither team was willing to give up a point but ultimately San Nicolas and Talai won in straight sets 7-5, 7-6. For the Men’s 3.0 division, Michael Camacho and Samir Ambrale won agaist Woong Y and Wan Cho 6-4, 6-1 and in the Men’s 2.0 division David San Agustin and Kotaro Roesch came out on top to win the round robin in their division.
Competition was also high in the Women’s skilled doubles division, especially for the 4.0 division that featured one match determine the winner for the title. Mae Hsieh and Celine San Nicolas played against Selah Chong and Luna Puango in a winner take all match for their division where San Nicolas and Hsieh turned out victorious 7-6, 0-6, 10-5.
“We started off very well, we were up 5-0 in the first set and then got complacent while our opponents really picked up their game,” said San Nicolas. “It took a long time and it was difficult to regroup but fortunately we were able to refocus on our mental game and attacking tactics in time for the super tie break.”
The super tie break matches continued in the Women’s 3.5 division where Sydney Packbier and Alicia Addison also faced off against Chong and Puangco. Each team managed to take one set a piece before deciding the outcome in the tie break where Packbier and Addison won 6-4, 7-6, 10-5.
In other matches, Leila Mercardo and Edna Jasa defeated Gabrielle Paulin and Jontae Sanchez to win the Women’s 3.0 division 4-6,7-5, 10-5 while Asia Balajadia and Dani Lujan won the Women’s 2.0 round robin tournament for their division.
The tournament will continue over the next two weekends with aged singles and junior singles on April 4 and finishing with skilled mixed doubles on April 12. Entry forms are available at Dimension Systems Inc., Goody’s Sporting Goods, the Rick Ninete Tennis Center and online at https://gntf.org/.