June 24, 2017

Bob Liang couldn’t get a win, but racked up a lot of experience Taicang. (Photo: ITTFWorld)

Athletes from Oceania had a tough day in Taicang at the 2017 China Junior & Cadet Open, but Fiji’s Vicky Wu was able to put up an impressive win.

The up and coming Vicky defeated Supakom Amornvivat (THA) 3-2 and secure a place in the main draw in the Cadet Boy’s Singles. It was a marathon match with Vicky pulling ahead in the final game to win the decider 11-8. It may be a watershed moment for the Oceania region, with Fiji stepping it up and making a mark on the international stage.

In the Junior Boys’ Singles Rohan Dhooria (AUS) was able to get off the mark against both Shawn Kee Yang Chua (SGP) and Thyme Sanglertsilpachai (THA), but could only manage a single game, going down 3-1 in both his qualification group matches. Meanwhile, compatriot Bob Liang found himself placed in a difficult group of players from China, Korea Republic and Singapore. Despite the lineup, Bob was able to take a game off Chia Jun Yuen (SGP), while narrowly losing the opening game 15-13 against China’s Miao Chenyang.

In the Junior Girls’ Singles Fiji’s Sally Yee had the chance to face off against two players from China and one from Korea Republic in the qualification group stage. While she was unable to get a game, the chance to play against two Chinese athletes in front of their home crowd was a valuable experience for the rising Oceania junior.

Unfortunately Grace Yee had to withdraw from the event after suffering an injury to the ligament on her right knee. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope she is back in action soon.