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Sinclair, Lee hand CNMI two gold medals

COLIN Sherwood Sinclair has given CNMI their second gold in the 2019 Pacific Games after dominating the Men’s Singles category in the sport of Tennis defeating Matthew Dean Tui Stubbings 6-0, 6-1 last Friday at the Apia Park Tennis Courts, Samoa.

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The CNMI Tennis Team poses together during the send-off ceremony for the 2019 Pacific Games held at the Kanoa Resort lobby.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

CNMI athletes Colin Sinclair, Ken Song and Robert Schorr were sure to make it to the top after their team earned the first gold medal. However Schorr’s journey was cut short in round 2 taken down by Matavao Faleta Fanguna in a very close battle 2-6. 6-4, 6-4 while Ken Song fell later in round 3 to Stubbings 6-2, 6-0.

Luckily for CNMI, Sinclair maintained the flawless performance carving a smooth pass into the finals. He first sent Icham Tidjine to the losers’ bracket in round 2 and continued to work his way past Leon Vainui Soonalole 6-0, 3-2 (retired) to enter the quarterfinals.

He started to signs of fatigue facing William O’ Connell but eventually triumphed 6-3. 6-3 and grasped his 5th consecutive win over Clement Mainguy 6-1, 6-2 to secure his post for the gold medal.

Stubbings also shared a perfect record as he started off in round 2 taking down Kristen Clement Pavitt 6-3, 6-3, Ken Song 6-2. 6-0, Camden Camacho 6-1, 6-0, and Heimanarii Lai San 6-2, 6-4 to set up the match for the title against Sinclair.

Despite both players dominant performance, only one player could stand at the top and it was CNMI’s Sinclair that delivered in the end. His defense was nearly impenetrable and his attacks were almost unstoppable as he clipped the first set by silencing Stubbings 6-0.

The second time around Stubbing started to get a better feel but only managed to put a dent on Sinclair’s wall before eventually falling to defeat 6-1. With Sinclair’s victory, he has handed CNMI their second gold medal in the Pacific Games.

CNMI’s third gold medal came from Sinclair as well, but this time with the help of star Carol Lee taking the Mixed Doubles by a hair 6-7, 6-3, 10-8.

Sinclair and Stubbings held perfect records once again going undefeated to the finals but this time with the former teaming up with Lee while the latter paired up with Abigail Agivanagi Tere-Apisah.

In the finals it was Stubbings and Tere-Apisah that came out on top closing on the first set 6-7. Luckily CNMI managed to bounce back and work with the early control to triumph 6-3 forcing a third and final set.

The comeback seemed to have fired up the CNMI pair as they maintained efficiency and delivered the final blow in the overextended bout capitalizing on the deuce to take the win 10-8 claiming CNMI third goal in the Pacific Games.