IT & E Northern Marianas Open Junior Championships

2015: SAIPAN, NMI-MAY 2015

The 2015 IT & E Northern Marianas Junior Championships were again held on the hard courts of the Pacific Islands club in San Antonio, Saipan. All 4 Singles and doubles events were dominated by Japanese players with the only Pacific Success coming in the girl’s Doubles from Mikayla Lopez (NMI)/Ayana Rengiil (PAL) who were beaten in the quarter-final by the Japanese pairing of Funa Kozaki/Yuki Naito 6-1, 6-1. Another Japanese pairing, top seeds Sukara Hondo/Ayano Shimizu beat their compatriots Funa Kozaki/Yuki Naito in the final 6-4, 6-4.

The Boy’s Doubles final was also won by a Japanese pairing, 4th seeds Tomohiro Masabayashi /Kento Yamada who beat the 2nd seeds, Singaporean pairing of Shahhed Alam/ Sherwin Foo 6-3, 1-6, (10-8).

The Boy’s Final was an all Japanese affair that saw 7th seed Rimpei Kawakami beat his compatriot Tomohiro Masabayashi 6-1, 6-3. Similarly the Girl’s Singles Final saw 2 Japanese girls competing for the title with unseeded Yuki Naito defeating 3rd seed Ayano Shimizu 6-3, 7-5



In the Boy’s Singles, Colin Ramsay (NMI) was the only Pacific Oceania player to advance to the 2nd round after beating Selya Eda (JPN) 7-5,6-3 before losing to the 3rd seed in the 2nd round. Jake Lee (NMI) distinguished himself in the Boy’s singles consolation by reaching the final before being beaten by Yuki Watanabe 4-0,4-0

In the Girl’s Singles Ayana Rengiil (PAL) beat Negahr Rasguiy (NMI) in a very tight 3 set match 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 before losing in the 2nd round to Sing-Le Fan (TPE) who had earlier caused a major upset by beating the 2nd seed, Yuri Katano (JPN) convincingly 6-0, 6-1. Tammy Ackerman (NMI) won the Girl’s consolation Event defeating Maine Hiramatsu (JPN) in the final 6-3, 6-1. In the Girl’s Doubles Event, two teams from Pacific Oceania had 1st round wins. Tammy Ackerman (NMI) and Ayana Rengiil (PAL) beat Yuno Fukumuro and Azusa Yasaki (JPN) 6-4, 6-3 before losing to the 2nd seeds from Thailand in the second round. Also the team of Mikayla Lopez and Negahr Rastguiy (NMI) beat the team of Haruka Okawara and Minori Otsuka (JPN) 6-3, 6-4 before losing their 2nd round match.

The 2014 IT&E Northern Marianas Junior championship was again held on the hard courts of the Pacific Islands Club in San Antonio, Saipan. Undoubted Pacific Oceania stand out player was Ayana Rengiil (PAL) who won her first round matches in both Singles and doubles to gain ITF World Ranking points.


The acceptance list for the IT & E Northern Marianas Open Junior Championships commencing on the 19th May 2014 has just been released. You can access all the tournament information through this link

Additionally the Fact Sheet can be viewed here NMI 2014 fact sheet


Pat O’Rourke, the Referee for the inaugural ITF Junior Circuit event in the North Pacific, reports that “the IT&E Northern Mariana Islands Junior Championships concluded at the Pacific Islands Club in Saipan 26th May.

The hot sunny conditions continued for the final day of competition. The boys final saw two wildcard entries, Jackie Tang (HKG) and Francisco Blanco Paris (ESP), battle it out. The match was a contrast of styles between the consistent and quick Tang and the flamboyant hitting of Blanco. The first set was full of thrilling points and went all the way to a tiebreaker. A couple of outstanding shots from Tang saw him clinch it 7-3. In the second set he raced away from his Spanish opponent who was visibly tiring after a series of long matches on the previous days.


The girls singles was won by third seed Mei Otsuka from Japan who beat compatriot Izumi Asano 6-2 6-2. The girls competition was dominated by Japan who had three players in the singles semi-finals and also both pairs in the doubles final.Otsuka combined with Yuri Katano to take the girls doubles final over Asano and Miyu Hashimoto.


In the final match of the day Tang returned to the court for boys doubles partnered by Yu Hao Lin (CHN) against the top seeds Chak Yin Chan (HKG) and Kennosuke Nouchi (JPN). The top seeds raced through the first set and looked good early in the second with a break. However Tang and Yu fought back to claim the set and force a deciding match tiebreak. A couple of magnificent returns of serve from Chan gave the top seeds the early lead which they held to take the tiebreak 10-5 and the title.

North Pacific players had some success and also gained a lot of experience from participating in the tournament. Five players will come away with ITF world junior rankings for the first time including  Ayana Rengiil, the first player from Palau to gain a ranking. Thea Minor also had the distinction of beating an Australian player to win the girls consolation singles.

The tournament was a great success with players from Asia, Africa, Europe, USA and  three Oceania nations participating. All who came enjoyed the great atmosphere and will be looking forward to the 2014 event.”



The IT & E Northern Marianas Open Junior Championships are nearing the Finals and Referee, Pat O’ Rourke, reports that ” Yesterday, Friday saw some exciting quarter-final matches with players from 4 different nations making the semi-finals of the Boys Singles while Japan dominated the girls quarterfinals.

In a three hour epic un-seeded Jesse Delaney from Australia outlasted Korean giant killerJesse Delaney (pictured Jesse Delaney)

Hyuk Chung 76(5) 63 to make his first ever semi-final. Chung had played through qualifying and beaten the top seed in the first round of the main draw. Wildcard entry Francisco Blanco Paris from Spain upset the second seed Chak Yin Chan to get through and was joined by Yong Seak Jank (Korea) and Jackie Tang (Hog Kong).

In the girls singles top seed Katrina Orteza (PHI) showed her class winning her quarter-final comfortably against Sachi Belwal. Joining her in the semifinals will be three Japanese players Mei Otsuka, Yuri Katano and unranked Izumi Asano. Asano was impressive in her win over German Vivien Klein with her aggressive play.

Izumi Azano(Pictured Izumu Azano)

Local North Pacific players have had success with three girls reaching the doubles quarterfinals. Mikayla Lopez and Neghar Rastguiy from NMI lost a tight match to the second seeds and Ayana Rengil (Palau) made it to the quarters with her South African partner.



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