Nuku’alofa welcomes last stop on the 2019 ITTF Oceania Tour
February 21, 2020
The last stop on the 2019 ITTF-Oceania Tour has started in Nuku’alofa, the heart of Tonga with top seeds sailing through unscathed. As the last chance for players to gain precious points to qualify for the 2020 ITTF Oceania Cup in Papua New Guinea in May, a lot is riding for these players this weekend.
In the Men’s Singles, top seeds, Australia’s Heming Hu and Fiji’s Vicky Wu have cruised through the group stages into the round of 16. Earlier last year, Wu won his first ITTF-Oceania Tour title in Fiji and will definitely be looking to add another gold to his collection. Meanwhile, 2019 ITTF-Oceania Cup winner Hu narrowly lost in the finals of the 2019 ITTF Oceania Tour | Vanuatu will be looking to grab a title before the Oceania Cup. Another contender to keep an eye out for is Australia’s Xavier Dixon, who lost in a tight seven setter match to the eventual winner Dean Shu at the most recent ITTF Oceania tour event in Mornington, Australia.
In the Women’s Singles, five-time ITTF Oceania Cup champion, Jian Fang Lay started the tournament in style, dominating her group and reaching the quarterfinals without dropping a single set. The winner of the last tour event in Mornington, Lay will be going into the main draw as the favourite to win. Not to be overlooked, Fiji’s Grace Yee also with one 2019 ITTF Oceania Tour event title under her belt will be looking to make an upset against Lay tomorrow as the competition heats up.
Only one more day for athletes to secure their spots at the 2020 ITTF Oceania Cup, competition on Saturday will definitely be intense. Make sure to follow us on social media to watch LIVE and stay updated!