May 1, 2019

Melissa Tapper is favourite to take the Women’s Singles Class 6-10 title in Darwin.

Australia’s Melissa Tapper kicked off her campaign today towards a third Women’s Singles Class 6-10 in Darwin at the 2019 ITTF-Oceania Para Championships. The favourite for gold started the event with a 3-0 win over teammate Rebecca Julian.

Tapper first claimed the title in 2013 in Canberra, before making the repeat win in Bendigo two years later.

In 2019 the Aussie star will be looking to regain her crown.

Tapper came direct to the championships from Budapest, Hungary, where she was competing at the 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships. The Aussie is coming home after a solid performance in Budapest, notching up a win in the Women’s Singles.

“I’m excited about the chance win my third Oceania champs in Darwin after the experience of competing against the world’s best last week in Budapest.” Melissa Tapper

There is also more on the line than just the title. Winning the singles title this week will put Tapper on the fast track to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.