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Kamoe shows form in winning Fiji open ladies title

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, June 08, 2014

UNITED States-based Tarani Kamoe stamped her mark as a front runner for a spot in the Fiji team at next year's Pacific Games after winning the ladies open singles final at the Fiji Open Tennis Championship in Nadi yesterday.

Kamoe who is on a scholarship at the Georgia State University defeated Lucy Wood of Australia 6-2, 6-4 at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club courts.

Upsets were recorded in the men's open singles semi-finals.

Top seed Ian Honila of the Solomon Islands went down to fourth seeded Steve Loeffler of Australia 6-0, 6-1.

Third seeded Tito Bira of Kiribati defeated second seeded Terry Lee Rush of the Federated States of Micronesia 6-3, 7-6.

The final would be played this morning.

The tournament is sponsored by Fiji Tattslotto, Anchorage Beach Resort, Sports World and FIJI Water.

David Smith of New Zealand who is the tournament referee since 2003 said he had seen the event grow each year.

Smith said nearly 400 matches would be played when the tournament concludes this afternoon.

"This is an outstanding event," he said.

"This is my 12th year as tournament referee. This is one of the few tournaments where you have the open grade, the senior age group, social grade and juniors playing simultaneously.

"It is extremely rare to have it all in the mix. On day one we played 75 matches. On day two we played 63 matches and on day three we played 80 matches.

"By the end of the tournament we would played close to 400 matches and that is all in just five days which is a whole lot of tennis.

"Everyone is enjoying it and there is good standard of play. I run professional tennis tournaments around the world.

"This is a big event trying to showcase tennis in the Pacific Islands so it is important that it is run correctly," he added.

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