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The unseeded tandem of Joshua Cepeda and Chloe Gadsden rallied from a set down to upset No. 2 Brian Tuncap, Jr. and Michelle Pang for a spot in the finals of the Combined Mixed 10.0 Doubles division of the 2014 Quality Cup.

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PRESS RELEASE – The unseeded tandem of Joshua Cepeda and Chloe Gadsden rallied from a set down to upset No. 2 Brian Tuncap, Jr. and Michelle Pang, 5-7, 7-5, 10-8 for a spot in the finals of the Combined Mixed 10.0 Doubles division of the Quality Cup 2014 tennis tournament at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts.

The pair will meet No. 1 Torgun Smith and Yumika Sugahara, winners over Masakazu Takahashi and Atsuko Yamaguchi 4-6, 6-2, 10-5, for the title Sunday.

In other matches, No. 1 Daniel Llarenas and Derek Okuhama, 6-3, 6-4 winners over Nick Fok and SW Poon, will next play No. 4 Chris Cajigan and Joseph Cruz in the Men’s Open Doubles division. On the other end of the draw, No. 2 Charles Oliver and Wendell Roden will next face No. 3 Joshua Cepeda and Brian Tuncap, Jr., after rallying to defeat Anthony John and Victor Tuncap 1-6, 6-3, 10-6.

In the Women’s Open Doubles division, tennis veterans Rosalie Cao and Arn Diaz upset their younger opponents – No. 2 Chloe Gadsden and Margaux San Nicolas 5-7, 6-2, 10-7 to book a ticket to the finals against No. 1 Michelle Pang and Camdyn Nadler.

In the Women’s 35+ Doubles division, Jenny Kwan and Jenny Lin defeated Arn Diaz and Margaret Terry 6-1, 6-2. In Friday evening’s match, Atsuko Yamaguchi and Yuka Iwata defeated Diaz and Terry 6-1, 6-2.

In the Women’s 45+ Doubles division, No. 1 Kayoko Sugahara and Migu Goodman advanced to the final of the division with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Liza Provido and Margaret Terry.

Chloe Gadsden serves the ball to opponents Brian Tuncap, Jr. and Michelle Pang, while partner Joshua Cepeda looks on in a Combined Mixed 10.0 Doubles division match of the Quality Cup tennis tournament at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. Cepeda/Gadsden defeated Pang/Tuncap, 5-7, 7-5, 10-8. (courtesy photo)

Chloe Gadsden serves the ball to opponents Brian Tuncap, Jr. and Michelle Pang, while partner Joshua Cepeda looks on in a Combined Mixed 10.0 Doubles division match of the Quality Cup tennis tournament at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. Cepeda/Gadsden defeated Pang/Tuncap, 5-7, 7-5, 10-8. (courtesy photo)

In the Combined Mixed 6.0 Doubles division, No. 1 Sindy Mok and Norman Tsang claimed their spot in the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Willie Chua and Melody Pugh. The team will next face No. 3 Camden Camacho and Gabby Camacho, 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 winners over Shane Schnabel and Tess Suh. Pedro John and Victoria Smith upset No. 4 Aaron and Kanasta Abrams 5-7, 6-3, 10-7.

In the Combined Mixed 7.0 Doubles division, Pete Cepeda and Dina Jacob upset No. 1 Louis Liu and Liza Provido to next face No. 2 Richard Smithers and Mimi Gaffney in the final. Smithers and Gaffney defeated Camden Camacho and Janay Masga 6-2, 6-1.

In the Combined Mixed 8.0 Doubles division, Jared and Diane Lee defeated Pete Cepeda and Julie Bollinger 6-3, 6-3 for a spot in the finals.

In the Combined Mixed 9.0 Doubles division, No. 1 Masakazu Takahashi and Kayoko Sugahara defeated Tera Tapu and Rosalie Cao 7-5, 2-1 (ret). David Lai and Jenny Kwan defeated Nick Fok and Yuka Iwata 6-2, 6-3. C.K. Wong and Migu Goodman defated Eddie Wu and Arn Diaz 6-4, 6-3. No. 2 Kam Chan and Jenny Lin defeated Ricardo Estella and Annie Wu 6-0, 6-0.

In the Men’s 35+ Singles, No. 2 Wendell Roden upset No. 1 Torgun Smith 6-1, 6-3 for the division title.

Results from the day’s late matches and from other venues were not immediately available.

The tournament concludes Sunday, with an awards banquet for players after the matches.

PHOTO GALLERY:

Michelle Pang serves the ball to opponents Joshua Cepeda and Chloe Gadsden, while partner Brian Tuncap, Jr. looks on in a Combined Mixed 10.0 Doubles division match of the Quality Cup tennis tournament at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. Cepeda/Gadsden defeated Pang/Tuncap, 5-7, 7-5, 10-8. (courtesy photo)

Michelle Pang serves the ball to opponents Joshua Cepeda and Chloe Gadsden, while partner Brian Tuncap, Jr. looks on in a Combined Mixed 10.0 Doubles division match of the Quality Cup tennis tournament at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. Cepeda/Gadsden defeated Pang/Tuncap, 5-7, 7-5, 10-8. (courtesy photo)

Masakazu Takahashi serves the ball as doubles partner Atsuko Yamaguchi watches her opponents' movements in a Combined Mixed 10.0 Doubles division match of the Quality Cup 2014 tennis tournament against Torgun Smith and Yumika Sugahara at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. Smith/Sugahara won 6-2, 6-1. (courtesy photo)

Masakazu Takahashi serves the ball as doubles partner Atsuko Yamaguchi watches her opponents’ movements in a Combined Mixed 10.0 Doubles division match of the Quality Cup 2014 tennis tournament against Torgun Smith and Yumika Sugahara at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. Smith/Sugahara won 6-2, 6-1. (courtesy photo)

Torgun Smith goes airborne for a smash in a Combined Mixed 10.0 Doubles division match of the Quality Cup 2014 tennis tournament against Masakazu Takahashi and Atsuko Yamaguchi at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. Smith and partner Yumika Sugahara defeated Takahashi/Yamaguchi 6-2, 6-1. (courtesy photo)

Torgun Smith goes airborne for a smash in a Combined Mixed 10.0 Doubles division match of the Quality Cup 2014 tennis tournament against Masakazu Takahashi and Atsuko Yamaguchi at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. Smith and partner Yumika Sugahara defeated Takahashi/Yamaguchi 6-2, 6-1. (courtesy photo)

Charles Oliver deploys a backhand volley while partner Wendell Roden looks on during a Men's Open Doubles division match of the Quality Cup 2014 tennis tournament against Anthony John and Victor Tuncap at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. Oliver/Roden defeated John/Tuncap 1-6, 6-3, 10-6. (courtesy photo)

Charles Oliver deploys a backhand volley while partner Wendell Roden looks on during a Men’s Open Doubles division match of the Quality Cup 2014 tennis tournament against Anthony John and Victor Tuncap at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. Oliver/Roden defeated John/Tuncap 1-6, 6-3, 10-6. (courtesy photo)

Chloe Gadsden serves the ball to opponents Brian Tuncap, Jr. and Michelle Pang, while partner Joshua Cepeda looks on in a Combined Mixed 10.0 Doubles division match of the Quality Cup tennis tournament at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. Cepeda/Gadsden defeated Pang/Tuncap, 5-7, 7-5, 10-8. (courtesy photo)

Chloe Gadsden serves the ball to opponents Brian Tuncap, Jr. and Michelle Pang, while partner Joshua Cepeda looks on in a Combined Mixed 10.0 Doubles division match of the Quality Cup tennis tournament at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts. Cepeda/Gadsden defeated Pang/Tuncap, 5-7, 7-5, 10-8. (courtesy photo)

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