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Kamoe out in quarters

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, February 02, 2013

FIJI'S Tarani Kamoe failed to reach the quarter-finals of the New Zealand Tennis Under-18 Summer Championships singles event in Auckland.

Kamoe lost her third round encounter to Mayu Iwai of Japan 7-5, 6-4.

International Tennis Federation Pacific Oceania development officer Gene Ridgway said Kamoe put up a strong fight against her Japanese opponent at the Scarbro Tennis Centre.

He said Iwai had earlier beaten Papua New Guinea's Marcia Tere-Apisah in the first round.

"This is an ITF grade three tournament," Ridgway said.

"So it is good to see Tarani reach the third round. She was just unfortunate not to make the quarter-finals."

In round two Kamoe defeated Nagisa Nishimura of Japan 6-1, 6-4. In the opening round Kamoe thrashed Evie Deaker of Australia 6-0, 6-0.

Annie Shannon lost her opening round match to Kaoko Kitakawa of Japan 1-6, 6-3, 1-6.

In the doubles Shannon and Kamoe lost to Kimberly Birrel and Maddison Inglis of Australia 0-6, 6-7.

ITF regional head coach Andrew Mailtorok said Shannon and Kamoe made a slow start in the fixture.

"In the first set the girls lost a few points which affected their confidence," Mailtorok said.

"In the second set they played well. It was a battle between them and the Aussies. It consisted of hard hitting, long rallies, incredible shots from the baseline and the net. They gave their best but just fell short of winning."

Shannon and Kamoe won the doubles title during the Wilson Canterbury International Tennis Federation Grade Four Championship in Ashburton last week.