In February 2022, the VICTOR Oceania Men’s and Women’s Team Championships were meant to take place in North Harbour, New Zealand, alongside the Open Individual Championships, Junior Individual and Mixed Team tournament.
While the (Open) Individual tournament was able to be postponed and has moved to Melbourne (Australia) between 28 April – 1 May, the team competitions were unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Originally, the winner of the Oceania Men’s and Women’s Team Championships would go on to compete at the respective Men’s and Women’s World Team Championships Finals – the TotalEnergies BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2022.
However, in the result of cancellation, Oceania’s continental qualification spot is determined by the highest number of accumulated world ranking points across the nation’s top singles players and doubles pairs.
For the Uber Cup, Australia prevailed and have accepted their spot to compete in the Uber Cup in Bangkok, Thailand from 8 – 15 May 2022.
Australia have qualified as Oceania’s top performing team in every edition of the Women’s Team World Championships since 2010, with the 2020 (rescheduled to 2021) edition being an exception. While they did qualify, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the team from travelling, when Tahiti accepted the offer to replace Oceania’s team.
The Australian Women’s team named to compete at the Uber Cup include:
Gronya Somerville – the reigning women’s and mixed doubles champion
Hsuan Yu (Wendy) Chen – the reigning Oceania women’s singles champion
The players will be fresh from international competition as they compete in the postponed VICTOR Oceania Championships 2022 (Open Individual) ten days prior to their Uber Cup campaign.
Alternatively, New Zealand have qualified for and accepted their position for the TotalEnergies BWF Thomas Cup Finals 2022, find out who has been named in their team here.