Oceania's run comes to an end at Australian Open
July 5, 2017
The last remaining Oceania athletes have bowed out of the Seamaster 2017 Australian Open.
The Australian pairings of Jian Fang Lay/Miao Miao and Xin Yan/Heming Hu were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Women’s and Men’s Doubles respectively.
The Yan and Hu went down 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-2) to no.1 seeds Jang Woojin and Park Ganghyeon (KOR),
Meanwhile in the Women’s Doubles, Lay and Miao went down 3-1 to India’s Pooja Sahasrabudhe and Sutirtha Mukherjee. The Australian pairing were the more experienced on the court, yet Mukherjee and Sahasrabudhe didn’t back down. They even had answers for the unique stylings of Lay.
“Jian Fang Lay is very tricky and has an odd game. We Discussed a strategy with our coach Massimo before the match so we were prepared, and it worked.” – Pooja Sahasrabudhe
With Australia’s campaign now over, National Coach Brett Clarke commented on the host nation’s performance at the event.
“We performed as expected and lost to good players. I think we can take some stuff away from it as we prepare for the Commonwealth Games. Our high performance program revolves around the games. So we can now go and think about what everyone needs to do to play a bit better for that event.” – Brett Clarke, Australian National Coach
While no Oceania athletes may remain, still be sure to catch the remaining live at tv.ittf.com to see who will take the titles at the Seamaster 2017 Australian Open.