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Race, Hwang top mixed doubles in 2018 Coconut Classic

WITH some lucky strokes and good returns, second-seeded Juncheol Hwang and Jeff Race lived up to expectations beating No. 3 Isaac Heo and Ken Song to top the mixed doubles of the 2018 Coconut Classic at the American Memorial Park on Monday.

Heo and Song who secured finals seat in an upset semis win over top-seeded Daniel Heo and Peter Loken, 6-4, 7-6, had good reasons to put their opponents on the receiving end at every chance.

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Juncheol Hwang hits a return as Jeff Race faces the opponents during the mixed doubles match of the 2018 Coconut Classic at the American Memorial Park court on Monday.  Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano Juncheol Hwang hits a return as Jeff Race faces the opponents during the mixed doubles match of the 2018 Coconut Classic at the American Memorial Park court on Monday. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

But things didn’t go exactly as planned.

Hwang made some lucky strokes including a drop shot while Race managed to return most of Song’s smash attempts to keep the lead in the first set.

During a break, Race was heard telling his team mate, “It’s good to be lucky but it’s better to be good.”

Then, Hwang tried all his best to be good in the second as they went all the way to finish off Heo and Song, 7-5, 6-3.

Race and Hwang made it to the finals by surviving No. 5 Robbie Schorr and JC Ferrer, 6-7, 6-3, 10-6 in the semi finals.

Meanwhile in the men’s singles 40 up, Dong Min Lee defeated Gary Ramsey, 6-0, 6-1 to take the title.

In the men’s singles, Moris Villanueva retired Schorr, in the second set after leading the first set, 6-1.

Malika Miyawaki swept Grace Choi, 6-0, 6-1 and Tania Tan, 6-0, 6-1, to take the women’s singles crown.