July 27, 2018

Kane Townsend bringing out some of his best table tennis on home soil. (Photo: APAC Sport Media)

The campaign for athletes from Oceania at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum Australian Open has come to end today at Geelong Arena. David Powell was the last man standing, but he fell to Lin Yun of Chinese Taipei in straight games.

However, it was during the qualification rounds that some of the local athletes shone.

Townsend shocked Chinese Taipei’s Lee Chia-Sheng, with the Aussie winning 4-1 in his first group round match. It was a solid performance who carried his form over in to his next game against Chen Chien-An. The local put up a fight with some spectacular counter forehands, but ultimately went dow to the world number 31 from Chinese Taipei 4-2.

For Townsend the event provided a solid experience and an opportunity to test himself against the world’s best.

β€œI’m very happy with how I played. The home crowd support helped a lot while I was out there and it was probably some of the best table tennis I’ve ever played.” Kane Townsend

Nathan Xu flying during his Australian Open experience. (Photo: APAC Sport Media)

Heming Hu was also able to put up a win during his Australian Open campaign, with a convincing 4-0 win over teammate Shaoping Zhang.

In the Women’s Singles it was Australia’s Jee Minhyung who caused a surprise. She upset Portugal’s Shao Jieni 4-2 in the qualification group stage.

The event now continues with finals being played 29th July at Geelong Arena.