Tennis team impresses in NZ

Friday December 22, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports
Teakaiti Toa, right, with her doubles partner and two other tennis players at the Auckland Xmas Junior Tennis Tournament. 17122111 Teakaiti Toa, right, with her doubles partner and two other tennis players at the Auckland Xmas Junior Tennis Tournament. 17122111

Youngster Teakaiti Toa recorded excellent results at the Auckland Xmas Junior Tennis Tournament which finished in New Zealand yesterday.


She won the 12 and under doubles title and finished third in the singles competition at the annual event.

Toa competed in the tournament alongside Rarotonga-based Arikitoa Allsworth, Paulo Allsworth and Christopher Neururer. In the singles semi-final, Toa took on the fourth seeded Aishi Das in a thrilling match.

She went down in the first set 3/6 but went up 5/1 in the second set. Das managed to change her game plan by being more consistent and fought her way back to win the game by taking the second set 7/5.

“The experience of Aishi Das as being able to play more tournaments, club competitions and adult satellite tournaments on Sundays showed when she really needed it,” national coach Malcolm Kajer said.

Toa took on third seeded player Olivia Brown for third placing and won the tight match 6/3 4/6 15/13 in the super tiebreaker.

Toa maintained her brilliant form and combined superbly with her partner Rosie Tupuola in their doubles semi-final, beating number two seeds 6/4 6/1 after trailing 1/4 in the second set, to make it through to the final.

Kajer said it was a proud moment for the supporters who were watching as the pair went on to win the final against a top interclub pair from the East Tamaki Club, Olivia Tamanika and Tangi Taukatelata, with the score 7/6 2/6 10/5 in the super tiebreaker.

In the boys’ consolation quarter-final, Paulo Allsworth lost in a close match to Ethan Boosie 6/7 6/7. 

Christopher Neururer also went down in a close match to Herman Chang 4/6 4/6.

Arikitoa Allsworth also had a close match but lost to Noah Chim 3/6 6/1 6/10.

In the second set, he gained control by winning 6/1. In the super tiebreaker after some wrong options in tactics, he went down 6/10. 

In the boys’ consolation doubles, Arikitoa and Paulo beat William Lambie and Max Richardson 2/6 6/3 10/5.

Neururer and Valdemar Soldbro beat Herman Chang and Manarii Teriieroiterai 2/6 6/3 10/5.

In the semis, Neururer and Valdemar beat Arikitoa and Paulo 6/4 4/6 10/5 to gain a spot in the finals. 

The duo fought hard in the thrilling showdown but were unable to win against Noah Chim and Thomas David 6/7 3/6.

“A wonderful tournament for our small junior team that attended the Auckland Xmas tournament and I would like to thank all the parents and supporters and also a big thank you to Tennis Cook Islands for the overwhelming support for our junior team,” Kajer said. Meanwhile there will be a school holiday tennis programme which will start on Tuesday next week. It will run from 9am to 12pm and will continue until Saturday. For more information contact Kajer on 75614.

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