Wrap Up of Singapore Youth International

Written by  Monday, 03 December 2012 13:32

Australia sent one of our biggest ever teams to compete in the Li-Ning Singapore Youth International last week, with 14 players ranging in age from 13-16 making the journey to compete. For many it was their first international tournament and was a great chance to see how they measures up against some of Asia’s best junior players.


The under 15 age group had an eight strong Australian contingent with all players competing extremely well against players from Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan amongst others. The stand out performances came from the boys where Huaidong Tang (NSW) made it through to the 4th round of the boy’s singles and teamed with Justin Lee (NSW) to make the second round of the boy’s doubles. Tyzton Tan (WA) and Lin Ying Xiang (WA) also made the second round of the boy’s doubles before losing a tough three game encounter against Japan.


Under 15 girls Joy Lai (Vic), Alice Wu (Vic), Tiffany Ho (NSW) and Janet Son (NSW) also competed very strongly, pushing themselves to near exhaustion in the hot conditions. Unfortunately they came up against more seasoned opponents who dealt with the stifling conditions better, all of them going down against Indonesian opponents.


Grace Ngiam (Qld) and Jennifer Tam (NSW) showed that they have strong potential by making it through to the quarter finals of the U17 girl’s doubles, with Ngiam also making it through to the second round of the singles. The U17 boys were a little unlucky with Gavin Ho (Vic), Jazton Tan (WA) and Amos Yi (WA) all coming up against strong opponents in their first rounds.


Although still only 15, Phing Teo (WA) competed in the U19 women’s singles. After receiving a bye in the opening round she was not able to overcome her Indonesian opponent in the second round and was defeated in straight games.


In addition to the competition throughout the week the Australian team made the most of their training opportunities while at the event. They were able train to train and have sparring matches with teams from Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand and were also invited to join a training session with the Singapore Sports School.


The BA coaches have said they were very impressed with the level form all the players, with great future potential shown.


Click here to view the full results from the event.




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