Punjas Nations Cup: Fijian women shine at home

Boosie Mehetia of Tahiti in action during the Punjas Nations Cup Pacific at Lautoka Tennis Court . Picture: BALJEET SINGH

The Fiji women’s team continued its impressive performance in the second round of the Punjas Nations Cup Pacific at the Regional Tennis Centre in Lautoka.

Fiji defeated the Solomon Islands 3-0 to remain unbeaten in Group B of the competition.

In round one, Fiji beat Papua New Guinea 3-0.

In the match against the Solomon Islands, Ruby Coffin beat Chrisma Au 6-0, 6-0 in the singles competition, while Saoirse Breen won her encounter 6-1, 6-2 against Zorkia Morgan.

In the doubles, Coffin and Saoirse teamed up to down Marion Gaotee/Morgan 6-0, 6-1.

Meanwhile, the Fiji men’s team suffered its second loss in the competition.

Fiji was beaten by Tahiti 3-0.

In the singles, Krishan Raju lost 0-6, 2-6 to Patoia Teripaia while Charles Cornish went down to Reynald Taaroa 3-6, 6-4, 4-6 in a tight affair.

Summit Lal and Raju lost 1-6, 1-6 in the doubles fixture.

Fiji lost 1-2 to Vanuatu in the opening round.

The Punjas Nations Cup Pacific is similar to the Davis and Fed Cup concept which is played in group knockout format.

Oceania Tennis Federation executive officer Richard Breen said at the official launching of the tournament, the two top nations were seeded in two groups.

He said thereafter the remaining teams were drawn for each group.

“Once the group stage is complete, the two top teams will proceed to the semi-finals,” Breen said.

“So, the Group A winner will play the Group B runner-up and the Group B winner will face the Group A runner-up.

“The winners from these matches will face off in the final.”

Results:

Women’s (Group A) Samoa 3-0 Vanuatu, Northern Marianas 2-1 Tahiti, (Group B) Fiji 3-0 Solomon Islands, Cook Islands 2-1 Papua New Guinea.

Men’s (Group A) Tahiti 3-0 Fiji, Vanuatu 3-0 Papua New Guinea; (Group B) Samoa 3-0 Solomon Islands, Cook Islands 0-3 Northern Marianas.

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