Day two was a hard road to climb for the Oceania teams at the BWF World Junior Mixed Team Championships 2023. Up against badminton powerhouses such as Korea, China, Denmark and Chinese Taipei was a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of our players, relishing the opportunity to play against such talented badminton players from across the globe.
Australia had an immense task when they faced number one seeds China and defending champions Korea in their double header, while Tahiti came up against Denmark and Slovakia. Heirautea Curet, playing women’s singles for Tahiti had the closest match in the tie taking Johanka Ivanovicova to a third game, but could not secure the win.
New Zealand’s clash with Denmark and Chinese Taipei was a big undertaking, being beaten in straight games against these dominant nations. Cook Islands did not play their scheduled tie against Dominican Republic, who had earlier withdrawn from the competition.
On day three, which sees the conclusion of the first round, Australia will play Netherlands, Cook Islands play Brazil and New Zealand take on Slovakia, hoping to secure third place in their pool. See the link to see what places each team will be playing for.
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