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Annie goes down fighting

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, July 04, 2014

ANNIE Shannon went down in the girl's singles quarter-finals at the Oceania Open Junior Championship at the Regional Tennis Centre in Lautoka yesterday.

The Natabua High School student put on a brave show against the second seeded Natsumi Okamoto of Japan going down 7-6, 6-1.

Tennis Fiji vice-president Naga Reddy said Annie fought hard in the first set.

Reddy said Okamoto with a junior world ranking of 479 used her experience to outclass Annie in the second set.

"It is good to Annie matching up to the higher ranked overseas players," he said.

"She was the only player from the islands to reach the final 16 at the South Pacific Open Junior Championship last week.

"In this tournament she reached the quarter-finals so she has been performing well.

"We also had Mulam Kamoe who reached the final 16 in this tournament and it has earned her the first world junior ranking points."

In the other girl's quarter-finals, top seed Katerina Valos of Australia lost to Jinxuan Wang of China 2-6, 6-1, 6-1; Momoka Yoshida of Japan beat Jessica Brzozowska of Australia 7-5, 6-4 and Hsiang-Wen Huang of Taipei beat Stella Cliffe of New Zealand 6-1, 6-3.

In the boy's singles quarter-finals, top seed Jack Wong of Hong Kong beat Justyn Levin of Australia 7-6, 6-3; Luke Hammond of Great Britain downed Edwyn Ramos of Australia 6-0, 6-4; Zach Whaanga of New Zealand defeated Lok Pui Lawrence Lo of Hong Kong 6-1, 6-2 and Anthony Jackie Tang of Hong Kong beat Jack Heslin of New Zealand in a three set thriller 3-6, 6-3, 7-6.

The semi-finals will start at 8.30am today.

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