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Our Tennis Stars Fall Short

Our Tennis Stars Fall Short
Fiji Tattslotto general manager Graeme Brown (standing- sixth from left) with respective winners of the Fiji Tattslotto Open Tennis Championship at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club in Nadi on May 27, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
May 28
10:00 2018

Fiji’s William O’Connell and Mulan Kamoe were beaten in the Open Men and Open Women’s singles final of the 2018 Fiji Tattslotto Tennis Open Championship in Nadi yesterday.

O’Connell who is based in the United Kingdom, was a second seeded player who went down to third seed Thomas Perrin of France (6-0, 6-1).

“It was a long and tough match and Thomas played well”, O’Connell told SUNsports.

“It was another great final to play in. I was as ready as I’ll ever be. I wanted to repeat the feat of 2015 but that how it shapes up in the court.”

Perrin who is part of the ITF Centre in Lautoka said, the win was something special for him.

“It was special for me since I won on my debut. O’Connell was a worthy opponent but I guess I did my homework well. It was a tough competition but it was great,” the 25-year-old said.

In the women’s final, second seed Mulan Kamoe, lost to third seed Yaelle Honekoko of New Caledonia (6-4, 6-3).

“It was quite competitive, tough and was challenging as it will be awhile as I will return to continue my studies in the United States,” Kamoe said.

In the Open Mixed Doubles, William O’Connell/ Saoirse Breen beat Thomas Perrin/Roxanne Clarke (3-6, 6-0, 10-2).

Fiji Tattslotto general manager Graeme Brown said they are proud to be associated with the sport.

“Tennis has been more exciting over the years and we will continue to support the event in developing the players,” he said.



OPEN MEN’S SINGLES- Thomas Perrin of France defeated top seed Gilles De Gouy of Tahiti (6-2, 6-2), William O’Connell won over Victor Lopes of New Caledonia (7-6(2) 4-6 6-1)


OPEN LADIES SINGLES- Mulan Kamoe of Fiji proved too strong for Samoa’s Eleanor Schuster (2-6, 7-5, 6-2), Yaelle Honekoko upset top seed Steffi Carruthers of Samoa in a tie break to win by (7-6(5) 7-6(5)


OPEN MEN’S DOUBLES- Matavao Fanguna (Tonga) & Leon Soonalole Samoa [3] defeated William O’Connell (Fiji) & Raynal Singh (Fiji) [2) 7-5 6-2, Junior Benjamin (Solomon Islands) & Graham Mani Solomon Islands) [4] defeated Gilles De Gouy (Tahiti) & Lucien Lemay (France) [1] 6-4 3-6 17-15


OPEN LADIES DOUBLES- Steffi Carruthers (Samoa) & Eleanor Schuster (Samoa) [1] defeated Saoirse Breen (Fiji) & Ruby Coffin (Fiji) [3] 6-1 6-3, Roxanne Clarke (South Africa) & Yaelle Honekoko (New Caledonia) [2] defeated Sela Corbett (New Zealand) & Doreen Nigalo (Solomon Islands) [4] 6-1 6-0.

– Edited by Leone Cabenataua




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