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Champ wants three

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

AUSTRALIAN Karolina Wlodarczak is gunning for three-in-a-row win in the Bula Fiji Tennis Classic which ends at Victoria Courts in Suva today.

Wlodarczak and three other professional tennis players from the US Roxanne Ellison, Sierra Ellison and Rachel Manasse are part of this year's tournament.

She won the title in 2011 and last year but is expected to face a tough battle to get the rare three-peat.

Tournament director Tony Morris said they would have two singles and a doubles game today to wrap-up the fourth edition of the annual event.

He said the Bula Fiji Tennis Classic was a professional women's tennis tournament for Fiji and the South Pacific aimed at empowering youth in Fiji to achieve their dreams through new opportunities.

He added it also provided a venue for Pacific Rim travellers to enjoy the bounties of Fiji.

"We have this just to bring on awareness to children and mostly girls in Fiji that they can achieve a lot more than what is offered to them," Morris said.

"This is by bringing tennis players from around the world and showing them what they have achieved not only as tennis players but also through education and careers in many different professions."

Morris admits there was not much interest from the locals but hopes for a good turnout in the final day today.

He said they hoped bringing the tournament to Suva this year would generate more interest.

Morris said they would also go to villages and help remote schools with stationeries and other basic items.

The Bula Fiji Tennis Classic started in 2010 and was played at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club in Nadi.