August 31, 2017

Victor Ma found doubles form in Taipei. (Photo: Jioji Productions)

The 29th Summer Universiade has come to an end Taipei, with New Zealand making some standout performances in the individual events.

Victor Ma and Roger Wang made the biggest showing in the individual events. The duo paired up in the Men’s Doubles to make a deep run.The Kiwi’s progressed to the last 16, with an upset win over Belgium’s Philipp Darcis and Gaetan Swartenbrouckx, winning 11-9 in the fifth game. ¬†They eventually went down to Japan’s Masaki Yoshida and Kazuhiro Yoshimura.

In the Women’s Singles, New Zealand once again made a strong showing. Nai Xin Jiang negotiated her way out of the group stage and in to the last 32, before going down to Russia’s Valeriia Shcherbatykh. Roger Rao followed suit in the Men’s Singles, making his way through the group stage, before being ousted by Austria’s Alexander Chen.

In the Men’s Singles Australia’s Erny Tsao was down 0-2 against Macau’s Kou Chak Iat in the playoff to qualify for the main draw. With the pressure on, Tsao rose to the occasion, taking the third game 11-9, and then going on to cruise to a come from behind victory. A spot in the last 16 however wasn’t to be as he went down in straight games to Japan’s world no.17 Yuya Oshima. Team mate Jake Duffy also found a place in the last 32, before being knocked-out 4-1 by Poland’s Patryk Zatowka.

The Australian women were all able to notch up a win in the group stage, but were unable to progress out of the qualification rounds.

Checkout the full results from the Universiade here.