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STA SPEX 1st Junior Age Group 2014 Finals

26 March, 2014   Kenneth Ho

STA spex 1st junior age group

The STA SPEX 1st Junior Age Group 2014 attracted many contestants from the various age-groups. (Photo by VoxSports)


Tennis activities in Singapore has increased due to the Women Tennis Association (WTA) Championships Singapore 2014 that would be held in the city-state in October later this year.


Such activities included the Ballkids Programme whereby participants will be trained as ballkids to facilitate the smooth operations of tennis tournaments such as the WTA Championships Singapore.


The STA SPEX 1st Junior Age Group 2014 was a beneficiary of this increased interest in tennis, as the tournament attracted many contestants from the various age-groups.


In order to accommodate the different age-group of players who signed up, several categories for both genders’ singles and doubles’ events were implemented, with some of these finals taking place on 23 March.


In the Boys Singles’ category, Hakim Kareem Abdul emerged triumphant in the 10U (10-Under) event while Ahmad Azmi Ahmad Naqib took home the title for his U12 category.

Thereafter, Singapore Sports School student Gabriel Chum (below) vanquished Koey Takeshi to capture the 14U Boys’ Singles title.

STA spex 1st junior age group

(Photo by VoxSports)

Rounding up the male’s category were the Doubles’ events where Caleb Tay and Nigel Chum teamed up to grab the 12U silverware. Will Angkawidjaja and Raahil Doshi partnered up and claimed the 16U segment.

Rosida Mega enjoyed double happiness as she was crowned 12U champion in the Girls Singles’ category before teaming up with Jessica Christa Wira to earn the Doubles’ title in the same age category.

16U Girls’ Singles winner Goh Yee Loon (below) did not enjoy the same good fortune, as the 15-year-old lost in the Doubles’ finals along with her partner Claudia Yap to eventual 16U Girls’ Doubles champions Maxine Ng and Ashley Kei Yim.

STA spex 1st junior age group

(Photo by VoxSports)

For the champions, their silverwares were vindication of the hard work they poured into honing their skills.

“I feel I played well in today's match as I was driving the shots from left to right,” said Gabriel Chum.


“I practise six times a week, resting on Sundays, so I feel that it has worked on my stamina and fitness to reach all the shots,” he added.


Goh expressed the same sentiments after training for 14 hours a week, on top of her academic duties: “I think it has been a really long journey for me to finally win this tournament so I feel really happy about this win.”

Accolades were not the only thing the tennis players gained from the tournament, as they revealed that there were intangible rewards of playing the sport as well.

“It has not only taught me to play the sport, because to reach a certain level you have to be disciplined and a lot of hard work is involved,” Goh shared.

“The court is big and two people are on the court so it requires quite a bit of teamwork, it is not only about skills but the tactical and mental aspects as well.”

 


Singles (Male)  

Age Group

Winner

10-Under

Hakim Kareem Abdul

12-Under

Ahmad Azmi Ahmad Naqib

14-Under

Gabriel Chum







Doubles (Male)  

Age Group

Winner

12-Under

Caleb Tay and Nigel Chum

16-Under

Will Angkawidjaja and Raahil Doshi







Singles (Female)  

Age Group

Winner

12-Under

Rosida Mega

16-Under

Goh Yee Loon







Doubles (Female)  

Age Group

Winner

12-Under

Rosida Mega and Jessica Christa Wira


16-Under

Maxine Ng and Ashley Kei Yim