Qualifications and Under 21 events kickoff at the Australian Open

Day 1 action from the 2017 Australian Table Tennis Open, a round of the 2017 Seamaster ITTF World Tour Platinum. (Photo: APAC Sport Media)

The Seamaster 2017 World Tour Australian Open got underway this morning with the Under 21 Singles and qualifications for the Men’s and Women’s Singles.

Australia’s Dillon Chambers came close to a huge upset in the Under 21 Men’s Singles when he came up against Kim Minhyeok (KOR), going down 3-2.

“Being my first international tournament in 18 months it was tough to come up against the world number 155 in the second round. obviously for me it was a case of seeing how much I can do in this match with the aim of figuring out where my game is at compared to these players.” – Dillon Chambers

Chambers definitely found some rhythm on the court and even led in the deciding game. Despite the loss the match will be a boost of confidence for Chambers.

“Thankfully I came in well prepared, and managed to take it to two games all, and stay composed throughout most of the match but at 7-7 in the fifth I just held back in a couple of my service points and it probably cost me the match. I’m still happy with the result as it’s important for me to look to the future.” – Dillon Chambers

A massive Aussie and Kiwi matchup between Heming Hu and Tengteng Liu saw the visitor upsetting Heming in front of a home crowd. Liu took the match 4-2. He will now face Germany’s Benedikt Duda as he looks for a place in the main draw.

New Zealand couldn’t come out on top in all of their Aussie encounters. Dean Shu put Australia’s Trent Carter to the test, but the Oceania Junior Champion wasn’t able to get the win, but pushed Carter to six games.

Meanwhile, Jiamuwa Wu has proved her success on the international junior stage in the past, but is now looking to make a mark in the senior events. She took down compatriot Sarah Tan in straight games and booked herself a place in the quarterfinal.

Click here full results and schedules for today’s matches.

Tengteng Liu got the better of Heming Hu. (Photo: APAC Sport Media)