The first leg of the Sabah tennis junior tour 2016 ended with resounding results. The tournament went smoothly without interruption from weather or other related matters.
Hiew Kee Jun from Sandakan won 2 titles in the singles 16 under and the 16 under doubles. Hiew shocked top seed Luke Guansing from KK with a straight sets win 7-5, 6-4 in the finals.
Earlier Hiew partnered Nik Ahmad Zharfan to beat Luke Guansing & Timothy Wong also in straight sets 7-6, 6-4.Luke Guansing however won the 14 under singles title beating Edric Tan ( KK ) 6-1, 6-1.
Clarissa Sofia Shan ( KK), the 2015 youngest SAGA girls champion won 3 titles. Clarissa won the girls singles 12 under, 16 under and the doubles 16 under partnering Jasnita Jainal Abidin ( LDU).
In the singles 12 under she beat Jassnavissri ( SDK ) by 8-2.
In the 16 under singles she beat Azlien Natasyah ( KK ) 8-4.
In the doubles her pair beat Azlien Natasyah/Fazilawaty ( KK ) 8-2.
Clarissa is the girl to watch and nurture stressed STA president Johnson Koh who was there at the tournament to scout new talent.
In the loser’s pool Under 16 Timothy Wong beat John Yong 8-5, while Mark Ruben Pang won the under 14 boys loser pool beating Ibnudanish Faiq 8-4. Boys 10 under saw Shan Danial shine by beating Asip Victorino ( TWU ) 8-4.
This first leg saw Tawau, Lahad Datu KK and Sandakan taking part.
In the closing address STA president thank SDTA new president Fernando Rulloda and his new EXCO for a well-organized first leg tour. Johnson also paid tribute to the parent who travelled with the kids to take part. Parents sacrifices is very much appreciated by STA. Without parents assistance there will be no new talent to be unearthed.
Johnson asked all parents to enter their kids in all the legs in Sabah. He also stressed to parents to send them to other state tournaments to expose themselves. STA will assist where possible as there is already a standing procedure on reimbursement if the kids enter quarter finals onwards.
Anggie Pang representing Mark Pang Ka Miew family gave away the medals assisted by STA and SDTA presidents.