The BSP PNG Tennis Open Championships in Port Moresby last weekend saw more than 40 keen competitors battling it out in various events.
David Gole, secretary, Port Moresby Tennis Club, and event organiser, said that due to long matches and with some competitors participating in several events, the competition slowed on Sunday to the point that the mixed doubles final had been deferred due to late completion of the men’s singles.
Some contestants ended up playing several matches on the day.
Gole added that the overall strength of men’s tennis had improved considerably.
A number of highlights with a recently returned Hiram Malau giving a good display of power tennis with amazing pace and a very athletic performance.
However, Lava Ivuyo, the top seed, eventually took Hiram out in the singles semi-final.
Tawa Ivuyo now a resident of Lae, made it all the way to the capital to compete, and performed very strongly.
Vera Tere, veteran women’s player, performed well taking the women’s singles, and also the women’s doubles with Omega Ivuyo.
Tim Kriebisch won the men’s singles against Lavu Ivuyo who was runner-up after retiring with injury.
Eddie Mera showed consistency and strength by winning against more experienced players, and winning the men’s plate.
Matina Asimba won a hard-fought match against Karen Kaiulo for the women’s plate.
Gole said that other strong performances were given by Ian Kailo and former men’s singles winner Michael Foo.The Trophies were presented by Peter Dixon, General Manager BSP Corporate & International.
Peter gave encouragement to the younger players present and took the opportunity to thank those responsible in the PNG Tennis Association for their valued efforts and involvement in organising and making the BSP Regional Tennis Programme for Schools such a resounding success.
BSP would like to extend special thanks to David Gole, Event Organiser for the BSP PNG Tennis
Open Championships, and for the much valued input that David has provided to assist us in our media coverage. RESULTS
Mens Open Singles : Winner Tim Kriebisch. Runner-up Lavu Ivuyo.
women’s Open Singles : Winner Vera Apisah Tere. Runner-up Dulcie Kaiulo.
Mens Plate Singles : Winner Eddie Mera.
women’s Plate Singles : Winner Matina Asimba.
Mens Doubles : Winners Ian Kaiulo & Lavu Ivuyo. Runners-up Michael Foo & Tawa Ivuyo.
women’s Doubles : Winners Vera Apisah & Omega Ivuyo.
Runners-up Dulcie Kaiulo & Regina Morove.Mixed Doubles – deferred. To be played Saturday 26 September.