Ocea­nia Ten­nis Starts To­day

Fiji Sun - - Sport - WAISEA NASOKIA Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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: waisean@fi­jisun.com.fj

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