Fiji creates upsets on opening day in Mornington
December 7, 2019
The last ITTF Oceania Tour of the year has started off with a bang in Mornington, Australia with athletes from all over Oceania compete for a chance to win seeding points to qualify for the 2020 Oceania cup with the strongest field of players appearing on the 2019 ITTF Oceania Tour so far,
Ranked third in his group, Australia’s Finn Luu swept past this group without dropping a single set. He accounted for Papua New Guinea’s Geoffrey Loi 3-0 (11-8, 11-0, 11-7) before defeating his teammate Benjamin Gould in a tight match where every set was in deuce. Gould put up a tough fight but Luu was able to rise up to the challenge and defeated Gould 3-0 (13-11, 14-12, 12-10). Luu will now meet his teammate and doubles partner Nicholas Lum tomorrow in the quarter-final. Having played the finals of the Cadet Boys Singles at the ITTF Oceania Junior Championships earlier this year with Luu having a slight advantage, tomorrow’s match will definitely be a challenge for both players.
Fiji’s Vicky Wu was unable to defend his seeding and ultimately came third in his group losing to Australia’s Dillon Chambers and Nicholas Lum in straight sets, missing out on a place in the main draw tomorrow.
In the round of 16, a fierce battle erupted between Dominic Huang and Benjamin Gould of Australia to end of the day of competition. Huang held his ground and was able to see off their teammate 4-1 (11-6, 11-3, 11-7, 11-13, 13-11) to make it into the quarterfinals tomorrow where they will meet second seed Australia’s, Kane Townsend.
Meanwhile, in the Women’s Singles, the top seeds all held their ground today, reaching the quarterfinals all unscathed. Fiji’s Carolyn Li surprised spectators today beating teammate Grace Yee in a thrilling 5 setter (5-11, 11-4, 11-8, 8-11, 13-11). She now moves onto the quarterfinals to meet Australia’s Michelle Bromley tomorrow morning.
In one of the biggest upsets of the tournament, Fiji wreaked havoc in the mixed doubles where the pair of Vicky Wu and Grace Yee defeated Australia’s Finn Luu and Charmaine Quah to set themselves up for the final tomorrow. Having won the mixed doubles at the ITTF Oceania Tour | Fiji, the young pair are excited to compete for the title at another tour event.
“We played safe and made sure to make no unforced errors. We’ve played a lot together in the past so we know how to work well with each other. We are very excited for the finals tomorrow but a little nervous as well.” – Grace Yee
In the Men’s Doubles, both top seeds have been knocked out with Australia’s Xavier Dixon and Dominic Huang overcoming teammate Kane Townsend and Benjamin Gould in a spectacular 5 setter (10-12,11-9,11-9,8-11,11-3) that had spectators on the edge of their seats. In the other half of the draw, Finn Luu and Nicholas Lum overcame second seeds Papua New Guinea’s Geoffrey Loi and Gesika Sepa 3-0 and third seeds Australia’s Dillon Chambers and Luke Cosgriff 3-1 to book themselves a ticket into the finals tomorrow against Dixon and Huang.