Lai Shines at Oceania Junior Championships

Written by  Monday, 29 April 2013 20:50

Australia has won three titles at the Oceania Junior Championships that concluded in Tahiti over the weekend with 14 year old Victorian Joy Lai the star of the show, winning titles in the Girls Singles and Mixed Doubles.


Lai defeated fellow Victorian Natasha Sharp in the girls singles final 21-15 21-15 before teaming with ACT’s Anthony Joe to take out the mixed doubles title 21-14 22-20 over Phillips and Lee of NZ.


Daniel Guda (NSW) survived a scare in the semi-final of the boy’s singles when he fought back from 16-20 in the third game to earn his spot in the final against home town favourite Remi Rossi of Tahiti. Guda comfortably took the first game of the final 21-14 before being pushed all the way in the second, eventually winning 22-20 to claim the title.


The men’s doubles and women’s doubles titles were won by NZ.


The individual events followed on from the Oceania Junior Team Championships earlier in the week where Australia swept the competition. The team received funding from the Australia Commonwealth Games Association to participate by way of the Australian Junior Commonwealth Games Squad. “An international event of this quality is so important to the development of our young players, and without the support of the ACGA participation here would have been incredibly difficult” said Australian Team Manager Glenn Warfe.




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