School sports: ACS(I) deny RI C Div boys tennis title again; MGS edge RGS for girls' title

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) emerged as comfortable winners at the Schools National Tennis Championships C division boys final on Wednesday when they defeated Raffles Institution for the second straight year.

Boasting three players ranked inside the top four of the Singapore Tennis Association (STA) male under-14 list, ACS (I) won 4-1 at the Farrer Park Tennis Centre.

STA's top-ranked U-14 boy Dong Chen beat RI's Ahmad Naqib 6-1, 6-3 while No. 2 Robin Cheng overcame RI's Jonathan Teo 6-1, 6-1.

Takeshi Koey, ranked fourth in the age-group standing, produced the most dominant display as he beat RI's Timothy Lim 6-0, 6-0.

ACS (I) doubles pair Caleb Tay and Nigel Chum, who have been partners for over four years, breezed past Paul Michel and Joshua Lee 6-1, 6-2.

But RI's duo of Jay Tan and Xavier Lien prevented a one-sided scoreline when they beat cousins Christopher Theng and Mark Theng 6-3, 6-4.

As they had trained as a doubles pair for only less than two weeks, their performance came as a surprise, said Jay.

He said: "At the start, we were very unsure of ourselves as we haven't been paired together in a long time, and we usually lose when we play together in training."

This was ACS (I)'s sixth C Div title since 2005. They also clinched the B Division boys' crown last month, beating RI 4-1.

In the girls' C Division final, Raffles Girls School failed to defend their title against Methodist Girls' School, losing 2-3 in the C at the Yio Chu Kang Tennis Centre.