Top seeds cruise through in Fiji
September 7, 2019
Competition kicked off today at the 2019 ITTF-Oceania Tour held in Suva, Fiji with the top seeds cementing their place in the main draw.
In the Men’s Singles, host nation’s top seed Vicky Wu played a spectacular match on his home turf, narrowly defeating Australia’s Trevor Hirth in an exciting five-setter (8-11,11-8,11-3, 6-11,11-5). Both players booked their tickets to the main draw after defeating Sione Pepa in their Group.
Fiji’s young star, 13-year-old Jai Chuhan was unlucky in his campaign losing 3-1 (7-11,13-11, 9-11, 7-11) to teammate Sridhar Karra, ultimately placing third in his group. In the same group, Solomon Islands Rob Dorovolomo, rose back from his earlier loss to Jai Chuhan to (11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 4-11, 9-11) to defeat Karra (11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9) and Fiji’s JT Christopher (11-5, 1–6, 11-8) to qualify for the main draw to set himself up for a quarterfinal match against Hirth tomorrow.
In the Women’s Singles, Fiji’s Yee sisters, Sally and Grace cruised through the group stage, not dropping a single set and defending their top seed position. They’ll be meeting teammates Touea Titana and Seng Yee respectively in the quarter-finals tomorrow.
The sisters paired up together in the Women’s Doubles where they eliminated their teammates Loata Duncan and Touea Titana (11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4) to reach the finals where they’ll be facing Filomena Duncan and Carolyn Li tomorrow.
Meanwhile, in the Mixed Doubles, Grace teamed up with Wu to cruise through their earlier rounds reach the finals without dropping a single set. Grace and Wu will face Hirth and Fiji’s Harvi Yee in the finals tomorrow adding another final for Grace.
With $4000 AUD in prize money up for grabs and chances to increase rankings on the ITTF Oceania Tour Standings to qualify for the ITTF Oceania Cup, it will definitely be an action-packed day tomorrow.