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Australia dominates Oceania tennis event

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, August 10, 2014

THE Australian players reign supreme during the Oceania Junior Closed Championship at the Regional Tennis Centre in Lautoka.

They won the boys' singles, and girls' singles and doubles titles.

In the boy's singles final, Max Purcell defeated Daniel Nolan of New Zealand 7-6, 7-6. The match was decided after tie breakers.

Sara Tomic defeated Naiktha Bains 6-3, 6-4 in the girls' singles final. Tomic and Bains teamed up to beat Rosie Cheng and Maddison Inglis 7-5, 6-3 in the girls' doubles final.

William Matheson and Brian Tran defeated Kody Pearson and Lucas Vuradin 6-4, 6-3 in the boys' doubles final.

Tournament referee Patrick O'Rourke said exciting matches were seen throughout the week long event.

O'Rourke said the tournament had come a long way since the inaugural in 2003.

"We had players who are ranked in the top 100 juniors in the world," he said.

"This tournament gives an opportunity for the best players from Oceania to gain world ranking points to play at higher level competitions overseas.

"The top seeds in both the girls' and boys' categories will head to China next week for the Olympic Youth Games. After that they will go to play in the US Open Junior Championship.

"So this is also an opportunity for the best players in the region to get game time before heading into bigger events. We have had players who have played here in the past who are now professional players.

"This year there were five men who played at Wimbledon who have played as juniors here in the last ten years. This also provides the Pacific players to play against the best from Australia and New Zealand.

Annie Shannon and Mulan Kamoe were Fiji's best finishers reaching the quarter-finals of the girl's doubles.

O'Rourke said many of the Pacific players did not qualify for the event because they had passed the age group level.

"This year there weren't many Pacific players because they are in a transition period," he said.

"A lot of them have gone to the colleges in the US. The best performance for Fiji was in the doubles with Mulan and Annie getting to the quarter-finals.

"Annie is about to go to college in the US. Mulan is a bit younger and had good experience. She has got three more years at this level and hopefully will do better."

The Pacific Oceania Junior Championship will be held at the same venue from August 18.





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