YUKO Kumada and Harumi Suzuki snagged the Women's Double 4 title of the 11th Tan Holdings Tennis Classic by outlasting Marivic Dunlop and Gillian Mae Lucero, 1-6, 6-2, 20-18, in a battle royale Saturday at the American Memorial Park tennis court.
In the opening set of the match, Dunlop and Lucero showed control and finesse. And thanks to Lucero’s ability to react and return smoothly with quick and powerful swings, they notched the first set with ease 6-1.
In the second set, however, Kumada and Suzuki played with more confidence and were persistent throughout the exchanges, forcing their opponents to commit errors. Kumada and Suzuki won 6-2.
In the third and final set, both teams gave it their all. With each point that Kamada and Suzuki made, Dunlop and Lucero had an answer.
Kamada and Suzuki, however, committed fewer errors which allowed them to eke out a win, 20-18, and claim the championship title.
Before Kumada and Suzuki entered the championship round, they eliminated Elizabeth Culp and Jenna Kong 6-2, 7-6(6) while Dunlop and Lucero bested Alina Ishikawa and Julia Ishikawa 6-2, 6-2.
Ami Miyawaki and Yoshiko Song, for their part, won the Women's Double 2 championship title by outplaying Karen Klasson and Thu Tran, 6-2, 6-1.
Miyawaki and Song's chemistry was the key to victory as they had each other's backs on all ends of the court. Thanks to their powerful smashes and well placed returns, it did not take long before the pair claimed both sets and the championship.
In the Girl's Double 14 division, Hannah Chae and Isa Nishitani thumped Anne Lee and Lina Tsukagoshi 6-4, 6-2.