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10-year old Rengiil gets gold in Pacific Oceania Tennis Junior Championship

KOROR (Palau Horizon) — Ten-year old Ayana Rengiil defeated older and taller tennis players at the Under 12 Pacific Oceania Tennis Junior Championships (POJC), earning her a gold medal for Palau.

Rengiil beat Guam’s Nadine Del Carmen in the category of girl's 12s final held in Fiji recently.

Rengiil entered the finals undefeated, beating 13 other girls from all over the region.

Ernestine Rengiil, coach of the Palau team in the Oceania tournament said that this is the first time that there was a category for the netters, 12 and under.

Rengiil was the dark horse in the tournament since she was defeated by Negahr Rastgui of Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands during the North Pacific Qualifying tournament.

She placed second in the qualifying round but made her country proud when she beat all players in the category.

The North Pacific Team however performed well in POJC.

The POJC featured the best junior tennis players from the Oceania region. The North Pacific team is composed of Guam, Saipan, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia and Kiribati.

Rengiil together with Rastgui of CNMI and Del Carmen of Guam clinched the three top spots.

Kaito Fuji was the other tennis player from Palau who was won a slot in the POJC, he however garnered the no. 8 ranking in the boys’ 14 under category.

Rengiil also won gold in the doubles match.

Her mother Ernestine who was a gold medalist in tennis during the Micro Games in 2002 started to play tennis when she was four-years old.