Pictured: Angela Yu (left) and Kaitlyn Ea (right), Australia. Photo credit: Badminton Photo
Following the Mixed Team Championships which took place last week, the Individual competition got underway on Monday 7 October in Kazan, Russia.
While the team players from Australia and New Zealand remain in the competition, they are joined by Tahiti’s Louis Beaubois and Teiva Politi, who are the first juniors from Oceania (outside of New Zealand and Australia) to compete in the World Junior Championships.
New Zealand’s Edward Lau was the first player on court at the BWF World Junior Championships 2019. Lau was the winner at this year’s VICTOR Oceania Junior Championships in Melbourne and continued his winning form on the world stage after easing past his Norwegian opponent.
Tahiti made history on day one as Louis Beaubois and Teiva Politi became the first players from Oceania, outside of New Zealand and Australia, to enter the World Junior Championships since the event began. Both players had a tough draw, with Politi facing the sixth seed from Indonesia and Louis squaring up against tough Chinese opposition – both players went down in two games.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Ryan Tong became the only other player from Oceania to progress through to the second round.
- Edward Lau (NZL) vs Danila Gataullin (NOR) 21-7 21-8
- Liao Jhuo-Fu (TPE) vs Ricky Tang (AUS) 21-16 21-17
- Bobby Setiabudi (INA) vs Teiva Politi (TAH) 21-4 21-4
- Alexander Bianchini (CAN) vs Rio Agustino (AUS) 17-21 25-23 21-16
- Joshua Apiliga (SCO) vs Joshua Feng (NZL) 19-21 21-9 21-7
- Ryan Tong (NZL) vs Artur Ajupov (EST) 28-26 21-15
- Ren Cheng Ming (CHN) vs Louis Beaubois (TAH) 21-5 21-5
- Callum Smith (SCO) vs Jack Yu (AUS) 21-15 10-21 24-22
New Zealand’s Jenny Zhu progressed into the second round of the Women’s Singles following her comfortable first-round victory. She will be joined by Australia’s Angela Yu who bounced back from one game down to take the game in three decisive games.
- Unnati Bisht (IND) vs Catelyn Rozario (NZL) 21-18 21-11
- Talia Ng (CAN) vs Kaitlyn Ea (AUS) 21-15 21-13
- Jenny Zhu (NZL) vs Darya Chotonova (KAZ) 21-5 21-13
- Aditi Bhatt (IND) vs Kai Qi (Bernice) Teoh (AUS) 21-12 21-10
- Angela Yu (AUS) vs Sofia Macsali (NOR) 17-21 21-18 21-5
- Romane Cloteaux-Foucault (FRA) vs Ella Smith (NZL) 21-6 21-12
The regional Junior champions, Ryan Tong and Jack Wang, were overwhelmed by their first-round opponents as they struggled to reach double figures in either game.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Rio Agustino and Jack Yu won their opening match to set up a second-round clash against India’s Majit Singh Khwairakpam and Dingku Singh Konthoujam.
- Ko Shing Hei/Lui Chun Wai (HKG) vs Ryan Tong/Jack Wang (NZL) 21-8 21-4
- Rio Agustino/Jack Yu (AUS) vs Bene Benjamin Kiss/Gergely Szita (HUN) 21-11 21-18
- Alex Lanier/Lucas Renoir (FRA) vs Joshua Feng/Edward Lau (NZL) 21-12 21-12
All of Oceania’s Women’s Doubles pairs progressed through to the second round following a powerful display against various European and Asian opponents.
- Victoria He/Kai Qi (Bernice) Teoh (AUS) vs Amanda Azarova/Diana Stognija (LAT) 21-9 21-13
- Ella Smith/Jenny Zhu (NZL) vs Gayane Mamajanyan/Elen Tiraturyan (ARM) 21-15 21-13
- Kaitlyn Ea/Angela Yu (AUS) vs Fanni Dora Kiss/Vivien Sandorhazi (HUN) 21-19 11-21 21-17
Several players will return to court tomorrow as the first round of the Mixed Doubles draw gets underway.
Check out all results and statistics from day one at the BWF World Junior Championships on Tournament Software.