KTRS juniors bag 3 silvers and 2 bronzes
Published on: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

SANDAKAN: Three junior players from Kelab Tenis Remaja Sandakan bagged three silver and two bronze medals at the recent Dunlop Srixon Miri Invitational Tennis Championships.

“It was a good experience for our three juniors,” said KTRS President Taren Sunil Manoharan who, together with Club Secretary Jocelyn Lee, led the team to Miri over the weekend.

Top KTRS player 16-year-old Harish John Manoharan had to play in the open adult division as there was no Under-16 category at the tournament.

Nevertheless Harish John gave a good account of himself by making it to the men’s singles final where he lost to local Miri player Raidon Tan 4-8 in the final.

Earlier Harish had beaten Elson Yong 8-3 in the semifinals.

Harish also partnered Raidon Tan in the Open Doubles Event where any male or female player may partner anyone else of either sex. The duo qualified for the final but were outfoxed by the experience of Nic and Aaron, both of them tennis coaches.   

Meanwhile Jonathan Joshua Manoharan also claimed a silver medal in the Boys Under-12 Singles category. He defeated Gareth Liew 8-3 in the semifinals before losing 4-8 to Varun Bharadwai in the title match.

Jonathan also partnered younger brother, 8-year-old Harith Jay, in the Mixed Under-12 Doubles event where they collected a bronze medal after losing to Sarawak’s Varus & Jai Hui in the semifinals.

Then, in the Mixed Under-10 Singles competition, Harith Jay captured his bronze medal by reaching the semifinals where he lost to Xander OOisthuzen.

Coincidentally, the tournament started off with all the three brothers, Harish John, Jonathan Joshua and Harith Jay, playing their respective matches on three courts all at the same time.    

“The tournament saw the participation of senior and junior players from Sarawak, Sabah and other states/countries. The standard of competition was quite high and we are pleased that our players have done pretty well,” said Taren, adding that KTRS believes that exposure of players to tournaments is a key factor in helping them improve. 



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