BY ROMULUS HUTA
SOLOMON Islands female tennis player Zorika Morgan has made it into quarterfinals of the open women’s category of the Fiji Tattslotto Open Tennis Championships currently underway in Fiji.
She will meet Mulan Kamoe of Fiji.
Morgan had a bye in the first round before taking on fellow country team mate Prudence Bird in the second round to win 6-3 and 6-0 in two easy straight sets.
Doreen Ningalo is the other female representative in the women’s open and she could not manage to get past the first round after losing 6-1 and 6-4 to Conatsu Kaga of Northern Marianas.
In the open men’s, no Solomon Islander managed to reach the quarterfinals after Benjamin Junior and Graham Mani experienced losses in second round.
Junior was the fourth seeded competitor and came up against Sebastian Tikaram in round one to win 6-3, 4-6 and 6-2.
In the second round, he could not come out strong by suffering two straight losses of 6-1, 6-1 against Victor Lopes of Vanuatu.
Mani came up against Ben Sonewa of Fiji and won the first round 6-1, 6-0. In the second round he lost 6-2, 6-4 against Larry Magalasin of American Samoa.
Selwyn Lam and Popai Leong were not able to get past the first round.
Lam lost 6-1, 6-1 against Kourabi Benjamin of Kiribati while Leong succumbed to a 6 -2 and 6-1 defeat against Raynal Singh of Fiji.
The losses in the open categories do not mean the end of campaign for Solomon Islanders currently taking part in the Fiji Open.
Morgan, apart from the open women’s singles, is also competing in the A Singles division where she and Bird have also earned places in the quarterfinals.
For Popai and Mani, their campaigns in the men’s A singles is also underway as well and are only a match shy of the semifinals.
In the under-16 boys singles Lachlan Guba will meet Shantani Shails of Fiji in the quarterfinal.
In the under-16 girls singles, Bird has qualified into the semifinals to meet Alison McGrath of Australia.
The championship continues today and will conclude on Sunday.