Flying start for top seed

Junior Benjamin competes in the Consumer Supermarket sponsored Easter Tennis Competition at Nadovu Tennis Court in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FILE

Men’s open singles top seed Junior Benjamin made a flying start in the Tattslotto Fiji Open Tennis Championship breezing through his match without dropping a game at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club courts in Nadi. F

resh from victory at the Consumers Supermarket Easter Open Championship last month, the Solomon Islander downed Salmaan Asgar 6-0, 6-0.

He is also on track in the Men’s A doubles event pairing up with Romil Patel to defeat Kunal Datt/Sachin Reddy 8-4.

National rep to the upcoming Pacific Mini Games, Ruby Coffin won her women’s open singles quarter-final fixture. Coffin beat Alisha Kamran in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.

Tennis Fiji president Rajiv Singh said new winners will be crowned in most categories.

“Certainly there will be new winners in the open singles categories for both men and women because the defending champions are not here,” Singh said.

Thomas Perrin of France won the men’s open singles title in 2019. He also collected the mixed doubles title with Eleanor Schuster from Samoa and the men’s open doubles title with Nick Wiles from New Zealand.

Schuster won the women’s singles crown back then.

Results day two:

  • (Veterans Men’s Doubles 100+ Combined) Rupeni Inoke/Eiichi Muto def Simon Holloway/GD Raju 8-6; Rupeni Inoke/Eiichi Muto def Takashi Hayashi/Takafuji Shimizu 9-8.
  • (Social Men’s Singles ) Lemeki Veimateyaki def Takashi Hayashi 6-3, 6-1; Avikash Kumar def Dayyan Asgar 6-0, 6-1; Avikash Kumar def Romil Patel 6-2, 6-2.
  • (Open Men’s Singles) Benjamin Pechan def Krishan Raju 6-0, 6-3; Benjamin Junior def Salmaan Asgar 6-0, 6-0; Nathan Naidu def Koji Tokito 6-0, 6-1.
  • (Social Women’s Singles) Linda Shannon def Julia Gorman 8-4.
  • (Social Women’s Doubles/Veterans 100+ Combined) Felicia Hussain/ Maianna Simpson def Tamena Evers/Alison Smith 8-0; Daphne Kamoe/Jocelyn Wivou def Linda Shannon/Alison Yee 8-2; Carolyne Gebbie/Sereima Lalavanua def Tamena Evers/Alison Smith 8-2.
  • (Social Mixed Doubles) Sachin Reddy/Carolyne Gebbie def Tyrone Speed/Sera Speed 8-3; Krishneel Kumar/Gracie Gong def Julia Gorman (FIJ)/Chase Smith 8-2.
  • (Social Men’s Doubles) Pena Drauna/Hazel Kumar def Vignesh Dass/Shalend Singh 8-1.
  • (Men’s A Doubles) Benjamin Junior/Romil Patel def Kunal Datt/Sachin Reddy 8-4.
  • (Open Women’s Singles) Ruby Coffin def Alisha Kamran 6-1, 6-0.
  • (Open Men’s Doubles) Benjamin Pechan/Nicholas Yee-Joy def Sumit Lal/Nathan Naidu 6-1, 6-4; Keanu Dinh/Daniel Kumar def Pena Drauna/Lemeki Veimateyaki 6-2, 6-3.

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