The Pacific Oceania Fed Cup Team finished 6th in the play-off for 5th/6th position Final Standings on the final day of play in Hua Hin, Thailand. Pacific Oceania were beaten by 2nd seeds, Indonesia 2-0 (doubles not played)Saturday Results.
Earlier in the week Pacific Oceania came 3rd in their Pool A Round Robin Draws Pool A and played the 3rd place team in Pool B Draws Pool B in this play-off for 5th/6th position with the overall round Robin Points Draw Standings
The Pacific Oceania Team finished a creditable 5th from 11 competing Nations at the SAAP Tennis complex in Hyderabad, India in April 2015. The format was an initial round robin with 3 pools of 3 team (Pools B, C and D) and 1 pool of 2 teams (Pool A). Pacific Oceania were drawn in Pool D with Indonesia, the 4th seed and Sri Lanka. The Pacific Oceania Team was Steffie Carruthers (SAM) ranked 1043, Abigail Tere-Apisah (PNG), Brittany Teei (CI) and captain Patrice Cotti (TAH)
On the opening day of play Pacific Oceania were drawn to play the 4th seeds Indonesia, eventually losing 3 matches to 0. The opening rubber started well for Pacific Oceania with #2 player Abigail Tere-Apisah winning the 1st set 6-2 before eventually losing the match 2-6,6-1, 6-3 to Lavinia Tananta, ranked #885 in the world. Apisah had 13 break-point opportunities throughout the match but was only able to convert 5 of these.
In the 2nd rubber #1 player Steffie Carruthers, who had earlier in the week been suffering severe illness, was beaten 6-2, 6-0 by Deria Nur Haliza, ranked #884 in the world. Carruthers only had 1 break point chance in the match with her opponent converting 5 of the 9 chances she had.
In the dead doubles rubber The Pacific Oceania Doubles team of Brittany Teei/Abigail Tere-Apisah lost 6-0,6-2. They had 6 break point opportunities but were unable to convert any of these compared to their opponents who converted 5 of the 9 opportunities that they had.
In their final pool match against Sri Lanka, Abigail Tere-Apisah got Pacific Oceania off to a great start beating Medhira Samarasinghe in 57 minutes 6-0, 6-3. Whilst her 1st serve was only 52% she was able to convert 5 of 9 break point opportunities compared to her opponent’s 1 of 2.
#1 Pacific Oceania Player, Steffie Carruthers who had been struggling with tonsillitis in the first round, finally prevailed in a 2hr 09min 3 set match against her opponent Thisuri Molligoda in the 2nd rubber 6-2, 6-7(5); 6-1 to give Pacific Oceania an unassailable lead before Steffi Carruthers and Brittany Teei won their dead doubles rubber 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
The team was: Brittany Teei (CI); Abigail Tere-Apisah (PNG); Steffie Carruthers (SAM) and Patrice Cotti (captain);
In the play off for 5th position Pacific Oceania convincingly defeated Singapore 3-0. Abigail Tere-Apisah comprehensively won the 1st rubber against Angeline Devi Devanthiran 6-0,6-3 in 1hr 04 min before #1 Pacific Oceania player, Steffie Carruthers, gave Pacific Oceania an unassailable lead by winning the 2nd rubber 6-2, 6-0 converting 6 of 8 break points
Then in the Doubles Brittany Teei and Abigail Tere-Apisah convincingly won 6-0, 6-3 in just over 1 hour
After a 10 year gap Pacific Oceania are back in Fed Cup which commences on Tuesday 14th April in Hyderabad, India
The Pacific Oceania Fed Cup Team have received a reasonably favourable draw when play starts at 4:30pm at the SAAP Tennis Complex at Hyderabad, India
The format is a round-robin with 3 pools of 3 teams (Pools B,C and D) and 1 pool of 2 teams (Pool A)
The winner of Pool A will play the winner of Pool C and the winner of Pool B will play the winner of Pool D in the 1st round of Play-Offs. The winners of those matches will play-off to determine which nation will be promoted to Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in 2016. Only 1 team will be promoted.
The respective Pools are with seeds in brackets:
Pool A: Philippines (1), Singapore
Pool B: Turkmenistan (2), Kyrgyzstan, Iran
Pool C: India(3), Malaysia, Pakistan
Pool D: Indonesia(4), Sri Lanka, Pacific Oceania
Tomorrow Pacific Oceania open the Fed Cup Event on Centre Court playing 4th seeds Indonesia with both their top 2 players ranked 884 and 885 respectively
The Pacific Oceania Team is:
- Steffie Carruthers (SAM) ranked 1043
- Abigail Tere-Apisah (PNG)
- Brittany Teei (CI)
- Patrice Cotti (TAH)-captain
Reluctantly in 2005 the OTF Executive decided, due both to finacial constraints and the availability of players, that it would not enter a team in that year. Since then up until 2015 Pacific Oceania has not competed in Fed Cup, but this has changed as Pacific Oceania are competing in April 2015 in Hyderabad, India
The most recent results are:
2004 Pacific Oceania Fed Cup News – India
With the withdrawal of player captain Tagifano So’onalole due to ill health and the unavailability of other leading players Pacific Oceania sent the bare minimum of three players to the 2004 Group 2 competition in India. Gurianna Korinihona (SOL) was player/captain, Irene George (SOL) player/manager and the third player was Angelita Detudamo (NRU).
The team performed very well against the other four teams in Group 2. The opening tie with Kazakhstan was tough with the girls going down 3-0. They bounced back to beat Turkmenistan and Syria 3-0 and go into the final day with a chance of promotion to Group 1 if they could beat
Singapore. It was not to be with both singles being lost. The Pacific team salvaged a win in the doubles however and the team finished third in the competition.
2003 Pacific Oceania Fed Cup News – Japan
The Pacific Oceania team participated in the Asia/Oceania Group 2 competition which was held
in Tokyo in April. Unfortunately the effects of the SARS virus on travel led to a number of withdrawals and only three other nations, India, Philippines and Kyrgyzstan, joined the Pacific team in the competition.
The team comprised Gurianna Korinihona (SOL), Maylani Ah Hoy (SAM) and Irene George (PNG) with Vera Tere (PNG) as captain. They got off to a good start beating Krygyzstan 3-0 with Gorinihona and Ah Hoy winning their singles and combining well in doubles. The Philippines were much tougher opposition on the second day and Pacific Oceania went down 3-0, not without a fight as Korinihona lost a long three set battle with Francesca La’o. In the final match the Pacific team was beaten by competition winners India 2-0.