June 5, 2018

Grace Yee guided Fiji to victory against Australia in Cook Islands. (Photo: Katherine Chandler)

Team Fiji has defeated Australia 3-2 to pull off a stunning upset on Day 1 of the 2018 Cook Islands Junior & Cadet Open in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. It’s a result that stole the show on the opening day of action and will surely send tremors throughout Oceania.

Fiji got off to the perfect going up 2-0. Grace Yee opened Fiji’s account with a 3-2 (15-13, 11-13, 12-14, 11-5, 11-9) win over Danni-Elle Townsend. That win set the stage for Sally Yee to come in swinging. Once again the match went down to the wire, but once again it was Fiji that came away with the win. Yee defeated Parleen Kaur 3-2 (11-8, 2-11, 11-7, 6-11,11-7) to give Fiji a commanding 2-0 lead.

When the doubles came around the Aussies looked like they would be able to turn the boat around. The established pair of Townsend and Kaur took the field and cruised to a 3-1 (8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-,7) win.

Townsend then put Australia back in the driver’s seat with a 3-1 (12-10, 9-11, 11-2, 11-7) win over Sally Yee. It looked as though Fiji’s two wins would be a minor blip on another Australian victory. But the Aussies were swept away by the current as Grace Yee had other plans.

The youngest Yee was running hot tonight in Rarotonga, and Parleen Kaur was directly in the firing line. With a standout performance Yee defeated Kaur 3-1 (8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8) to give Fiji a 3-2 win over the Australians.

The status quo was overturned tonight in Oceania.

Check out the full results below.