May 25, 2019

Dean Shu shrugged off a three game deficit to avoid an opening round upset. (Photo: APAC Sport Media)

There was no fairy tale start for the host nation this morning as the 2019 ITTF-Oceania got underway in Bora Bora, French Polynesia. New Zealand’s Dean Shu was able to hold off French Polynesia’s Ocean Belrose in the opening round , with Shu winning the encounter 4-3.

Belrose was right at home during the opening stages of the match. The local was sailed to a 3-0 lead with the help of a small but exuberant crowd. Shu wasn’t going anywhere however, and the Kiwi settled in and adapted to the steamy conditions, levelling the score 3-3. The Kiwi didn’t take his foot off the accelerator, keeping a level head to close out the seventh game 11-5 and precent the upset.

I expected a tough match. Ocean is a good player, especially with the home crowd. At three zero down I kept my head down, playing my own game and changing things up.” Dean Shu

Australia’s Rohan Dhooria couldn’t stage such a comeback in his match against Vanuatu’s Yoshua Shing. Shing led 3-0, before Dhooria was able to put a game on the board. But the Aussie was unable to gain momentum. The Vanuatu sports star took the next game and the match to continue his streak against Dhooria, having defeating the Australian at the 2018 ITTF-Oceania Tour | Fiji.

Meanwhile, Women’s and Men’s Singles top seeds Jian Fang Lay and Heming Hu got off to a perfect start, with both securing their opening round matches 4-0.

Check out the full results here and watch the action live on