The results are in and the Finalists for the final day of badminton competition at the 2019 Samoa 2019 Pacific Games have been decided.
The three players who made every possible semi-final possible (Rémi Rossi, Coralie Bouttin and Johanna Kou) met in the opening Semi-Final match this afternoon. Kou won the Gold in 2007 and Silver in 2011 and will now be looking to get the full set in the bronze medal play-off’s tomorrow as Rossi and Bouttin defeated the second seeds from New Caledonia.
Meanwhile, Fiji’s Burty Molia and Karyn Gibson will be looking to double up on their Gold (having won the Mixed Team event) in the Mixed Doubles – a combination which proved pivotal in Fiji’s triumph earlier this week.
- Remi Rossi/Coralie Bouttin (TAH) vs Morgan Paitio/Johanna Kou  (NCL) 21-14 21-15
- Burty Molia/Karyn Gibson (FIJ) vs Yohan De Geoffroy/Cecilia Moussy (NCL) 21-16 16-21 21-17
Tahiti are guaranteed two medals in the Men’s Singles as Rémi Rossi won his place in the Gold medal play-off tomorrow, while his opponent and fellow Tahitina, Quentin Bernaix, will compete for bronze.
It was heartbreak for 17-year-old Louis Beaubois in the second Men’s Singles Semi-Final. The rapidly-improving Tahitian shuttler was 18-14 up in the third game, but the New Caledonian big hitter, Yohan De Geoffroy held his nerve to win the third game 21-19.
- Rémi Rossi  (TAH) vs Quentin Bernaix (TAH) 21-11 21-7
- Yohan De Geoffroy (NCL) vs Louis Beaubois (TAH) 21-15 11-21 21-19
Similarly, Johanna Kou has previously collected a Silver in 2007 and a bronze in 2011 Women’s Singles. This year, she will be competing for bronze again after Tahiti’s Coralie Bouttin secured a comfortable victory in two games against the already decorated Kou.
Fijian first seed, Danielle Whiteside, had high hopes of taking home Gold this year but following the three-day long Mixed Team competition, has seen an injury get progressively worse which was visibly hindering her movement. Nonetheless, New Caledonia’s Matauli played a clever game to knock the first seed out of Gold medal contention and into the bronze medal play off tomorrow.
- Dgeniva Matauli  (NCL) vs Danielle Whiteside  (FIJ) 21-14 21-10
- Coralie Bouttin (TAH) vs Johanna Kou (NCL) 21-16 21-11
“I did not expect to get this far in the tournament. Obviously, I am very happy with the outcome today and I hope to win tomorrow”, says Matauli
Tahiti showed their strength in the Men’s Doubles draw as they guarantee to take home Gold and Silver tomorrow. The fourth seeds, Rauhiri Goguenheim and Rémi Rossi, dealt a huge upset to the New Caledonian first seeds, while Quentin Bernaix and Tarepa Bourgery defeated Fiji’s Ahmad Ali and Martin Feussner.
- Quentin Bernaix/Tarepa Bourgery (TAH) vs Ahmad Ali/Martin Feussner (FIJ) 21-18 21-12
- Rauhiri Goguenheim/Rémi Rossi  (TAH) vs Ronan Ho-Yagues/ Morgan Paitio  (NCL) 21-19 23-21
The sisters from Fiji, Karyn and Andra Whiteside have been unstoppable throughout the week and only have one match remaining to confirm a 100% success rate throughout the Games and a Gold medal to accompany. They’ll be joined by the first seed from New Caledonia and defending Champion Johanna Kou (who won in 2007 and 2011) with her new partner Dgeniva Matauli.
- Karyn Gibson/Andra Whiteside (FIJ) vs Coralie Bouttin/Esther Tau (TAH) 21-16 21-17
- Johanna Kou/Dgeniva Matauli  (NCL) vs Alissa Dean/Danielle Whiteside (FIJ) 21-13 21-16
You can view the schedules and results of tomorrows’ Finals on Tournament Software.
The matches will be available to watch on the live stream.