By Paul OWEN
(Left to right) William O'Connell, Saoirse Breen.
William O’Connell and Saoirse Breen have delivered success for Fiji taking out the 2018 Tattslotto Fiji Open Mixed Doubles Crown at the Denarau Golf & Racquet Club on Sunday.
O’Connell and Breen showed exemplary teamwork and fighting spirit to overcome both the number 1 and number 2 seeds on their way to lifting up the trophy defeating Thomas Perrin from France and Roxanne Clarke from South Africa in the final 3-6 6-0 10-2.
In other results Thomas Perrin d William O'Connell 6-0 6-1 to win the Open Men’s Singles title and Yaelle Honekoko from New Caledonia defeated Mulan Kamoe Fiji 6-4 6-3 to take home the Open Women’s Singles title.
The tournament delivered some record numbers with 195 players from 17 counties participating which equated to 398 matches within 37 events across 14 courts and 2 venues during the 5 days of the tournament.
Tournament organiser Aaron Bosse said the event just continues to expand which is great for the growth of tennis in Fiji, “This year was our 111th Fiji Open and we are excited that it continues to attract new players from new countries every year”.
The 2018 Fiji Open was presented by Fiji Tatslotto in association with Fiji National Sports Commission, Sports World, Aquasafe, Denarau Golf and Raquet Club and Punjas.
(Left to right) Thomas Perrin and Roxanne Clarke (Runners Up) with Tennis Fiji President Richard Breen centre. On his left are Saoirse Breen and William O'Connell (Champions).
2018 Tattslotto Fiji Open Tennis Championships Results
Open Men’s Singles Final
Thomas Perrin  (France) d William O'Connell  (Fiji) 6-0 6-1
Open Ladies Singles Final
Yaelle Honekoko  (New Caledonia) d Mulan Kamoe  (Fiji) 6-4 6-3
Open Men’s Doubles Final
Matavao Fanguna (Tonga) & Leon Soonalole (Samoa)  d Junior Benjamin (Solomon Islands) & Graham Mani (Solomon Islands)  6-2 6-1
Open Ladies Doubles Final
Roxanne Clarke (South Africa) & Yaelle Honekoko (New Caledonia)  d Steffi Carruthers (Samoa) & Eleanor Schuster (Samoa)  6-3 6-4
Open Mixed Doubles Final
William O'Connell (Fiji) & Saoirse Breen (Fiji)  d Thomas Perrin (France) & Roxanne Clarke (South Africa)  3-6 6-0 10-2
To view the full list of results please visit: https://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/matches.aspx?id=DD7D1451-9181-4F85-B004-AB386DE95486&d=20180527