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Andra wins Singles gold

May 08
12:00 2011

image Written By : ANASILINI RATUVA. Fiji’s Andra Whiteside presented her mum, Margaret Whiteside, with a perfect Mother’s Day present yesterday when she took out the 2011 Fiji International Open Ladies Singles.
She defeated number one seed Johanna Kou of New Caledonia.
Whiteside played a tight game against a tense Kou, who gave away the first game with unforced errors. Although Kou rallied for a come back in the second game, Whiteside proved the stronger of the two on the day and took out the Ladies Singles title for 2011 in two straight games, 21-7, 21-18.
Coach Brent Munday said Whiteside is definitely above par.
“She has performed a remarkably well, she’s definitely above par she has really taken the game to another level,” Munday said.
“Andra played a fantastic game even though she was challenged in the second set but she managed to beat the Oceania champion.
“Her performance just shows that she is really setting good examples to her team especially the development team and we just acknowledge her for her marvellous performance.”
Meanwhile, Andra stated that this was what she was training for, for the past few months.
“We been training for this for a long time and it has slowly materialising. This was a good testing ground especially for the Pacific Games.
“It was just a matter of thinking positively and acting positively in order to accomplish our goals,” Whiteside added.
She knows she was challenged in the second set but kept to the game plan and that was to keep the New Caledonian girl running.
“I just have to make her run every seconds and utilise all the opportunities, that was my game plan.”
In other finals, in the Men’s Singles, it was a major upset for top seed Kaveh Mehrabi who fought valiantly in his three games but couldn’t contain a determined Wesley Caulkett of Australia.
Caulkett, ranked 310 in the world, wasn’t daunted by Mehrabi’s 97th ranking and despite losing the first game, 13 – 21, remained focussed and consistent in the second game, forcing Mehrabi into defence and unforced errors and taking out the second game with a good margin, 21 – 14.
With a strong Australian cheering squad behind him, Caulkett kept ahead of Mehrabi throughout the deciding third game and won his first Fiji International 13-21, 21-14, 21-16.
Fiji Badminton hopes Caulkett, currently ranked two in Australia, will be back to defend his title in 2012.
In the women’s doubles New Caledonia Cecile Kaddour and Johanna Kou defeated the two sisters Andra Whiteside and Danielle Whiteside in two straight games, 21-19, 21-10.
Wesley Caulkett and Raymond Tam of Australia defeated team mates Michael Fariman and Seng Low 21-8, 21-13 in the men’s doubles.
In the mixed doubles Munday of Australia and Ashleigh Karl of New Zealand defeated Arnaud Franzi and Johanna Kou of New Caledonia 21- 17, 21-16.
Danielle Whiteside won the women’s singles plate final beating team mate Alissa Dean 21- 15 and 21-8.

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