May 26, 2019

Local hope Ocean Belrose is still in contention at the ITTF-Oceania Cup. (Photo: Lui Glendy)

The semi-finalists have been decided at the 2019 ITTF-Oceania Cup in Bora Bora, French Polynesia.

In the Women’s Singles both Australia’s Jian Fang Lay and Parleen Kaur leapfrogged the quarterfinals, after topping their respective groups. While Lay’s win was to the script, Kaur managed an upset win over Jiayi Zhou, taking down the no.2 seed in straight games. Meanwhile, Heming Hu and Nathan Xu proved why they are the top seeds in the Men’s Singles, both reserving a semi-final place straight from the group stage.

This left four athletes in both the Men’s and Women’s Singles were left fighting for the remaining places in the draw.

Zhiying Cheng put an end to French Polynesia hopes in the Women’s Singles as she pulled off a 4-0 win over Melveen Richmond. The Kiwi will face off against Parleen Kaur for a place in the final.  It will be an all trans-tasman affair, with New Zealand’s Jiayi Zhou’s defences too strong against Fiji’s Grace Yee, with Zhou staging a 4-0 win. The Kiwi has a formidable task in front of her, with Jian Fang Lay standing in her way.

French Polynesia hopes are still alive in the Men’s Singles. Ocean Belrose fought off a tenacious Yoshua Shing to book a place in the penultimate round with a 4-1 win, where he will face Heming Hu. The second semi-final will be a grudge match between Australia and New Zealand. Rohan Dhooria was able to pull off an upset 4-2 win over Dean Shu and reserve a place in the semi-final where he will be up against young gun Nathan Xu.

There will be a lot on the line tomorrow in Bora Bora, as the winners will qualify for the World Cup to be held later this year in Chengdu, China.