Smooth sailing for top seeds in Tahiti
November 3, 2019
The top seeds have made it through to the quarterfinals unscathed at the 2019 ITTF Oceania Tour in Tahiti. Competition officially kicked off today in heart of Tahiti with over 50 athletes fighting for a place in the quarterfinals.
In the Men’s Singles, 2018 Pacific Cup finalist Yoshua Shing of Vanuatu cruised through the group stage without dropping a single set. He will be taking on host nation’s Matahi Tarano tomorrow in the quarterfinals. It will definitely be a tough match for Tarano but the Tahitian with home turf advantage will definitely be looking to challenge the Oceania star tomorrow.
Tahiti star and second seed Alize Belrose followed in Shing’s footsteps and cruised through his matches on day 1 with a clean sheet. Following his brother Ocean Belrose’s win at last years ITTF Oceania Tour in Tahiti, Alize will be heading into matches tomorrow with his eye on the title to continue the Belrose legacy.
In the Women’s Singles, Australia’s Olympian and Paralympian star Melissa Tapper dominated in the group stage, dismantling all her opponents 3-0. Tapper will be looking to make her mark in Tahiti as preparation for the Oceania Olympic Team Trials in a month’s time.
With $7600 in prize money, the most of any 2019 Oceania Tours and one of the last opportunities to earn ranking points to qualify for the 2020 Oceania Cup, tomorrow’s matches will be a treat for all table tennis fans. Make sure you tune in to watch LIVE on our Facebook!