Update: 7:26PM THE Fiji Pearls netball side went down to Malawi Queens 45-62 at the Vodafone Arena in Suva this afternoon.
The Queens began the match on a high note by storming to a 6-0 lead and they kept the tempo to win the first quarter 16-12.
Malawi won the remaining quarters 35-21, 47-32 and 62-45.
The Queens are ranked fifth in the world while Fiji is ranked seventh.
The two sides meet again on Monday for the second Test.