Oceania Tennis Starts Today
Tarani Kamoe and New Caledonia’s William Bruchard are top favourites to win the 4th Punjas Oceania Tennis Championship in Suva that starts today. The duo put on a sterling performance at the Fiji Tattslotto Open Championship where they clinched the women’s and men’s Open Singles respectively. Kamoe added the championship was a great platform to build-up for the Oceania. “My morale has been high but will play accordingly as top competition will be expected in the Oceania and I am very confident,” she said. Kamoe beat her sister Mulan in the semi-final and she rated it as one of her toughest match. “She really gave me a hard time and I’m really happy for her but I took it up a notch in the final.” Kamoe beat Annie Shannon in two straight sets 6-4 and 7-5 in the final. In the men’s Open William Bruchard is the top bet but is expected to face stiff competition from William O’Connell. This was after he beat the 23-year-old O’Connell 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in an epic battle. “Next is the Oceania in Suva which I am focusing on to represent New Caledonia. “It was unbelievable my coach got an understanding on this kind of competition. “He taught me on how I was going to play and I followed what he said, I did it and I am happy,” he said. “It will be a very hard game in the Oceania as my opponents especially O’Connell was really a good player.” Finau Fa and O’Connell teamed up to clinch the men’s Open Doubles. They defeated Trey Murphy and Dan Young of Australia in the finals. The Kamoe sisters scooped the women’s Open Doubles as they beat Annie Shannon/ Lysianne Nerikiai 7-5; 7-5. Meanwhile, the Punjas Oceania Tennis Championship gets underway this morning at the Victoria Courts and Suva Lawn Tennis courts respectively.
A total of 60 players from 14 nations-Australia, New Zealand, Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Vanuatu, Solomon, Kiribati, Tonga, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Samoa, Tuvalu, Guam and host Fiji will be competing at the event.
Tennis Fiji’s president, Richard Breen said New Caledonia is one of the toughest competitors. “We can’t predict what the other competitors are going to achieve, but we can say that the Fijian team is looking very strong,” Feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org