Close encounters as opening day of the Australian Open concludes

A quarterfinal place for Dean Shu, but that was the end of the road. (Photo: APAC Sport Media)

The first day of play at the 2017 Australian Open concluded with Oceania athletes coming down on the wrong side of some close encounters.

In the Women’s Singles Feng Chunyi (AUS) was within a whisker of a big upset when she faced off against Charlotte Carey (WAL), who currently sits at no. 220 in the world. Unranked Feng pushed the match to a deciding game when she took the sixth 12-10. But the crowd was kept quiet as Carey won the seventh game 11-6.

“This is my first ever international tournament, and I knew she’d played many international tournaments before, so I had no pressure in the match. I just gave it my all. I had chances and took them, but unfortunately in the deciding set, her experience came in handy!” – Feng Chunyi

In the men’s draw, unranked Shaoping Zhang (AUS) came up against world no. 181 Chia-Hung Sun (TPE).  The Aussie was able to hold his own, as he came from behind to bring the match within one game of a decider. But Chia-Hung kept his cool and closed out the match 4-2.

Three players from the New Zealand quartet were in action in the afternoon session, and they all had a tough time. In the Men’s Singles Tengteng Liu (NZL) couldn’t keep up his winning ways from the morning when he ran in to world no. 53 Benedikt Duda (GER), going down in straight games, and Zhiyang Cheng (NZL) had a 4-0 loss to the Paul Drinkhall (ENG), the world no. 45. Meanwhile Dean Shu (NZL) ran in to a brick wall in the quarterfinal stage of the Under 21 Men’s Singles and was unable to improve on his seeding, losing 3-0 to Park Ganghyeon (KOR).

Head here for the full results from the day’s play.