Australia made a strong start to their doubles campaigns at the Seamaster 2017 Australian Open this morning.
In their opening round match of the Women’s Doubles Jian Fang Lay and Miao Miao defeated Chinese Taipei’s Cheng Hsien-Tzu and Liu Yu-Hsin in three straight games; 11-9, 11-8, 11-8. In the quarterfinal the pair will meet India’s Sutirtha Mukherjee and Pooja Sahasrabudhe, an the Aussies may just well be favourites to progress to the semi-final.
Meanwhile Fiona Zhu and Kai Peng (AUS) fell short in five hard fought games when they came up against the fifth seeds from Singapore, Lin Ye and Zhou Yihan. After letting a 10-8 lead slip in the opening game, the Australian duo were able to push their opponents to a deciding game, but eventually went down 13-11,11-6,9-11,9-11,11-4.
In the Men’s Doubles Australia came out on top in the all Oceania Clash as Heming Hu and Xin Yan (AUS) defeated Tengteng Liu and Zhiyang Cheng 3-0 to progress to the quarterfinal. The pair will now face number one seeds Jang Woojin and Park Ganghyeon (KOR).
Checkout the full results and schedule for today’s matches here.