Singh Confident, Paeni Out
Number two seed Raynal Singh is confident of clinching the Tennis Fiji Easter Men’s Open Singles final today.
The 24-year-old beat Graham Mani 2-0 (6-3, 6-2) in the semi-final at the ITF Courts in Lautoka yesterday.
He will meet Junior Benjamin, who ousted top seed Luke Paeni of the Solomon Islands 2-0 (6-4, 6-2).
Singh, an electrical engineer by profession at the Nabou Green Energy said he would not have a walk in the park as anything can happen in the final.
“It was a tough match even though the score does not say but I managed to get crucial points,” he said.
“I’m on course to win, with the number one seed out of the competition, but will take my chances out there in the court.”
Singh managed to beat Junior Benjamin in the Nadi Open Fast Four format last month and would be looking forward to make a repeat.
Meanwhile, women’s number one seed Mulan Kamoe is on track to win singles event after she overcame a tough challenge from Vinda Teally, Ruby Coffin, Georgimah Row and Vienna Kumar.
The final round robin matches will kick off this morning to declare the winner.
Tournament director Sachin Reddy said the finals of the Under 12, 14, 16 and ladies/mens open doubles will all be played today.
“It’s an awesome tournament so far with some upsets and close calls being made,” he said.