Three-day tennis, squash tournament ends

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By MELTON PAIS
A three-day tennis and squash open tournament at the Port Moresby Racquets Club ended on a high note.
Out of the 140 competitors who participated in various categories, only a few walked away winners after the grand final on Sunday.
Among the winners was Madako Suari Jr, a gold medalist for Team PNG in squash in the Pacific Games in 2015. Suari bagged his title after beating his opponent in the first three rounds in the squash grand final.
In the other matches, Nicola Gibbs won the squash ladies open while PNG’s tennis coach Kwalam Apisah’s wife Vera won the tennis ladies open.
Tournament director Merlyn Alarcos commended the competitors who participated in the tournament.
Alarcos said all the Team PNG squash athletes that took part in the 2015 Pacific Games were among the 70 competitors in the squash open.
“However, for tennis, the Tere-Apisah sisters and their nieces Violet and Patricia Apisah were not allowed to take part in the local competition because they are already world ranked tennis athletes now.
“The athletes that took part in the tennis one last weekend were all PNG locals,” she said.
She thanked the sponsors for backing the tournament.

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