With the VICTOR Oceania Individual Championships finishing up yesterday and the Team and Para Championships kicking off today (15/02) it’s time we take stock quickly of what’s been a successful campaign for some of our Aussie players!
An extremely exciting and impressive all Australian final with Wendy Chen taking on compatriot Lousia Ma. Both are fighting to be Australia’s top placed female leading into the final month of Olympic Qualification and no doubt a high-pressure match. A fierce and fast match in the early parts, both players being pushed to every side of the court and testing each other. It was the defending champion Wendy who took control of the match and at the same time making Oceania history by winning her sixth consecutive title, a feat unmatched across any other discipline in the history of the championships.
Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen (AUS) vs Louisa MA (AUS) 21-15 21-11
A straightforward match for our top ranked Women’s pair, Gronya Somerville and Setyana Mapasa, who dispatched of NZ rivals Sally Fu and Alyssa Tagle. The Australian pair took the match convincingly in two games, staving off a valiant effort to take their fourth consecutive Oceania WD title. No doubt a boost to their efforts over the past year in qualifying, now ranked 25th overall on the BWF Road To Tokyo rankings and potentially sitting in a prime position to qualify in their own right for Tokyo. No doubt a great result to settle in to the final month of the Tokyo 2020 qualifying period.
Setyana Mapasa/Gronya Somerville (AUS) vs Sally Fu/Alyssa Tagle (NZL) 21-9 21-10
The pairing of Matt Chau and Sawan Serahinghe started strong taking out the first game, drawing from their previous Olympic experience to push them forward. The NZ pair countered with a measured and steady approach to counter in the second and force errors from our men. Putting up a valiant fight, and putting on arguably the match of the tournament, Matt and Sawan couldn’t overcome the consistent pressure from the NZ pair going down in the third.
Oliver Leydon-Davis/Abhinav Manota (NZL) vs Matthew Chau/Sawan Serasinghe (AUS) 18-21 21-9 21-14
Another all Australian final, with the top seeded pairing of Leung/Somerville taking on the unseeded Pham/Kurniawan, it was a match that could have shown the underdogs character. Unfortunately for Pham/Kurniawan it was not to be with the top seeds putting on a voracious and technical performance, dispatching their opponents in a short 27 minutes. No doubt a victory that will contribute a lot to both confidence and the sometimes elusive points for Leung /Somerville who are chasing qualification for Tokoyo 2020.
Simon Wing Hang Leung/Gronya Somerville (AUS) vs Tran Hoang Pham/Sylvina Kurniawan (AUS) 21-12 21-8
The Men’s Singles match was a play off for two NZ teams with our Australian Men bowing out earlier in the day. The VICTOR Oceania Individual Championships are now complete and Australians taking home three of the five pieces of silverware. Now are eyes are focused on the Para and Teams events which will be taking place across the next three days in Ballarat.
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