August 25, 2017

Kane Townsend’s forehand was in form in Taiwan. (Photo: APAC Sport Media)

The 29th Summer Universiade is currently underway in Taipei and the Team’s Event has come to an end.

Australia’s men’s team proved the most successful coming within a whisker of progressing to the main draw.

In their first match they came up against Korea Republic. It was a 3-0 loss, however, Kane Townsend was able to take game of the World no.48 and 2013 World Junior Champion Jang Woojin.

Despite opening loss, the team quickly put themselves back in contention for second place in the group  after Heming Hu and Kane Townsend led their team to a 3-1 victory over Canada, both going undefeated.

A place through to the main draw was up for grabs when the team took on Poland, who had also one win and one loss to their name. The match came down to the wire with the score tied up at 2-2, with Townsend having taken two games for Australia. Unfortunately Heming Hu went down in the deciding match 3-1 against Pawel Jakub Fertikowski.

Despite the loss, Australian coach Peter Masen was proud of his team’s performance.

“Against Poland their team spirit was very good. We were not expected to win any matches in this game, so overall it was a good performance.” Peter Masen

Kane Townsend was pleased with his and the team’s results in the event.

“I had some of my best matches of the year in this event. And as a team we gave ourselves a chance to make the main draw and only narrowly missed out. So we have to come away from the team event positive, despite the close loss. Poland ended up defeating Sweden 3-0 so we can’t be too disappointed.” Kane Townsend

The Australian Women’s team was unable to get a win on the board in their matches, and New Zealand’s Mens and Women’s teams suffered a similar fate.

However, Roger Rao came away from the team event with a highlight, proving he could mix it with the best of them, taking a game off China’s Lai Jiaxin, a member of Sichuan’s team in the Chinese Super League.