Fiji Bitter Open 2003
21-26 April, Fiji
OWENS FALLS SHORT IN FIJI
World number one Carol Owens of New Zealand yesterday won the women’s event at the Fiji Bitter Open at Suva’s Victoria Court, beating Philippa Beams in the final, but came second best in the men’s open to George Crosby.
Owens won the women's final in three, then stretched Crosby to five games, totalling 90 minutes on court.
“I’m happy to give Crosby a good game as he’s an A grade player in New Zealand,” said Owens. "I had quite a few good games in the tournament and winning today was a good build-up for coming World Grand Prix finals,” she added.
Esther Williams reports
Carol Owens is playing in both the men's and women's open. She will be playing in the finals in both at 3.00pm and 4.30pm today (Sat 26th). In the men she will be playing George Crosby and in the women she will be playing Philippa Beams. She has been awesome and cruised into the finals. Last night she played Willie Biknell and won 3/1. Only one local player, Warren Yee reached the semi final and played George Crosby last Night. George won 3/0.
There has been some good squash exhibited over the last week and the Fiji Squash following has been treated to world class squash. The presence of four New Zealand players has helped lift the game of squash in the country and is good for our preparation for the upcoming South pacific Games.