Day two of the Individual event at the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games opened with the Quarter-Final.
There were a number of casualties as top seeds fell on day two, with three players celebrating an incredible feat, qualifying for the Semi-Final in every possible discipline.
Oceania’s Men’s Singles Runner-Up and Tahiti’s golden boy, Rémi Rossi, was the only seeded Men’s Singles player to make it through to the Semi’s after a consistent performance against Tonga’s Renaey Naaniumotu 21-10 21-10 this morning.
Rossi followed it up with a win in the Men’s Doubles alongside Rauhiri Goguenheim. The fourth seeds saw off the challenge from Fiji’s Ryan Fong and Burty Molia 21-14 21-18. Rémi went one better in the Mixed too with Coralie Bouttin as they eased past New Caledonia’s Bryan Nicole and Soizick Ho-Yagues 21-8 21-2 in the Quarter-Finals.
Bouttin followed suit with triple success after narrowly edging past Kiribati’s Teitiria Utimawa 21-17 23-21 and defeating the second seeded Samoan’s, Lizzie Caffarelli and and Folole Ioane 21-5 21-7.
Similarly, New Caledonia’s Johanna Kou is on track to add to her impressive Pacific Games history. With a catalogue of experience spanning across four different Games (2003, 2007, 2011 and 2019), Kou has potential to add three more medals to her collection.
Alongside Morgan Paitio, the pair were taken to three games against Tahiti’s Rauhiri Goguenheim and Hinahere Mara 21-18 21-23 21-14. Meanwhile, in the Women’s Singles she saw off the challenge from the Tahitian second seed, Esther Tau 21-13 21-13.
Elsewhere in the draw, 17-year-old Tahitian Louis Beaubois is looking to follow the footsteps of Rémi after a scintillating victory against the second seed New Caledonia, Ronan Ho-Yagues 12-21 21-17 21-16. Beaubois could potentially meet Rossi in the final should they both win their Semi-Final matches this evening.
Samoa’s third seeded Men’s Doubles pair, Tupu Fua and Hilton Soo, suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Fiji’s 22-20 21-17. The home team have shown significant improvements throughout the week, with many of the team’s players challenging the most experienced players across the Pacific.
Find out all the results from today’s Quarter-Finals results on Tournament Software.
The Semi-Finals will start from 4.30pm (local time) with court one available to watch on the live stream. You can find the schedule and follow the results on Tournament Software.