Tennis off to a grand start in New Caledonia

Tuesday October 10, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports

The Cook Islands 12 and under tennis team made a brilliant start to their campaign in the Petits Requins du Pacifique tournament in Noumea, New Caledonia last week.


The tournament, which runs till Saturday, features Oceania junior tennis champions for the U12 age group.

Teams include the Cook Islands, Japan, Australia, Oceania and host country New Caledonia.

The national team which arrived in Noumea on Friday last week is made up of Maka Maui, Jesse Toa, Moana Une and Teakaiti Toa.

On the opening day on Saturday, the girl’s team played New Caledonia girls number two side. Teakaiti defeated Emma Saint-Prix 6-0, 6-0 and Une played brilliantly to overcome Loika Lambot 6-1, 6-2. The duo went on to beat New Caledonia 6-0, 6-0, in the doubles competition.

The boys’ team of Maui and Jesse made a perfect start against the New Caledonia number 10 with the latter winning against Taha Dantin 6-0, 6-3. Maui won his match against Malo Delunel 6-2, 6-1.

The girls’ team carried on their momentum from day one to beat New Zealand number one side on day two.

Teakaiti won her singles against Ella Robertson 6-1, 6-2 while Une went down in a close match against Faith Tiare from Wellington, 2-6, 4-6.

In the doubles clash, the national side fought hard to win 6-2, 6-4.

The boys took on the Oceania combined team with players from Marshall and Fiji and came away with a clean sweep win.

Jesse set the lead for the team after beating Jones George 6-3, 6-2 in the singles and Maui overcame Storm Cornish from Fiji 6-3, 6-2.

The two went on to win their doubles, beating George and Cornish 6-3, 62.

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