Team ends tennis trip on high

Friday August 03, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
The national tennis players performed well in the regional tennis competition in Fiji. 18080207 The national tennis players performed well in the regional tennis competition in Fiji. 18080207

The Cook Islands tennis team recorded some excellent results in the regional competition held in Lautoka, Fiji.

 

This followed the national 12 and under boys’ team winning the title at the Pacific Oceania Junior Tennis Championships last month.

The regional event combines teams from the Cook Islands, Samoa and Tahiti to form an East Pacific side who were competing with combined teams from both the Eastern and Northern Pacific.

On the opening day, the East Pacific 12s boys and girls faced off against the West Pacific team, with Cook Islands players contributing in singles and doubles.

Maka Maui was successful in the singles, winning both sets 4-0, before also winning in his doubles match with his partner from Tahiti.

Maka also won alongside his mixed doubles partner from Samoa, 4-2, 1-4, 10-6.

Dreena Teapa went on to win her singles against Grace from Fiji 4-2, 4-0 and also won her doubles match with Mahina against Loica and Ruth 4-2, 5-4.

National rep Timeri Wearing had a great game against Loica from New Caledonia, who she lost to last week, and came away to win 4-0, 5-4 before combining with Teapa to win her doubles against Lumay and Zeta 4-2, 1-4, 10-5.

Unfortunately, Christopher Neururer went down in his doubles as he couldn’t play singles due to an injured arm, but the East Pacific team went on to win the day in the 12 and under against the West Pacific.

On day two, Teakaiti Toa won a tough match against a player from Norfolk Islands 5-3, 4-5, 10-4, but will be disappointed, as she had opportunities to close out the match earlier.

In the boys 12s, who competed against the North Pacific team, Maui won against Johnny from Saipan 4-0, 4-0 and went on to win his doubles against Anthony and David 4-1, 4-0.

Wearing won against Freemont from Guam 5-3, 4-2 and Teapa beat Sidney from Guam 4-2, 4-1.

The two national reps combined in the doubles and won against Desiree and Freemont 4-2, 4-1, while Neururer and his partner from Samoa, Darius, won their doubles 4-2, 4-5 and went on to win the super tiebreaker 10-4.

Teapa went on to win her mixed doubles with her partner from Tahiti 4-0, 4-0.

Towards the end of the day, Toa and her partner Penina from Samoa beat Charlotte and Prudence in a very entertaining match, winning 4-1, 3-5, 11-9.

On day three against the North Pacific team, Maui was asked to play singles and doubles to strengthen up the team in the under-14 age group. He went on beat 14-year-old Nolen from FSM 4-0, 4-0 and partnered with Ariitea from Tahiti to win the doubles against Jimmi and Jones 4-2, 1-4, 12-10 in another very thrilling match that went down to the wire.

Toa also kept up her strong form, beating Ngelittle from FSM 4-0, 4-1 before winning her doubles match alongside Penina 4-1, 4-1.

Both the 12s and 14s East Pacific teams were crowned regional champions, as well as the overall regional champions when they combined with the 16s age group.

Coach Malcolm Kajer said it was a proud moment for the team of five representing the Cook Islands, as all performed strongly and positively throughout the competition.

            -JK/Release

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