Pictured: Edward Lau, New Zealand. Photo credit: Badminton Photo
The Trans-Tasman rivalry between Australia and New Zealand opened the Mixed Doubles draw on day two, as the two teams clashed for the first time in this year’s BWF World Junior Championships.
New Zealand’s Tong and Rozario were the first pair to get a point on the board, but Australia’s Otto and Kaitlyn quickly recovered and took control of the entire match to seize victory in two games.
Australia and New Zealand celebrated another win each elsewhere in the draw, with Jack Wang/Ella Smith (New Zealand) and Jack/Angela Yu (Australia) overcoming their opponents from Iceland and Peru in two comfortable games.
- Otto Xing De Zhao/Kaitlyn Ea (AUS) vs Ryan Tong/Catelyn Rozario (NZL) 21-12 21-13
- Yu Sheng Po/Tung Ciou-Tong (TPE) vs Ricky Tang/Victoria He (AUS) 21-11 21-16
- Jack Wang/Ella Smith (NZL) vs Gustav Nilsson/Juliana Karitas Johannsdottir (ISL) 21-13 21-11
- Tae Yoon Heo/Bo Hyun Seo (KOR) vs Edward Lau/Janice Jiang (NZL) 21-19 22-20
- Jack Yu/Angela Yu (AUS) vs Bryan Rodrigo Roque Caycho/Micaela Fernanda Castillo Salazar (PER) 21-9 21-7
New Zealand’s Edward Lau became the only surviving Singles player across the Men’s and Women’s draw as he powered past Sri Lanka’s Lochana De Silva. His win sets up a clash against the first seed from Thailand, Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the fourth round.
Jenny Zhu and Angela Yu were at the wrong end of two relatively close games, while the challenge from Chinese Taipei proved too strong for Ryan Tong.
- Edward Lau (NZL) vs Lochana De Silva (SRI) 21-15 21-11
- Lin Kuan-Ting (TPE) vs Ryan Tong (NZL) 21-8 21-10
- Amy Tan (NED) vs Jenny Zhu (NZL) 21-16 21-17
- Rachel Chan (CAN) vs Angela Yu (AUS) 21-12 21-17
The Men’s and Women’s Doubles pairs faced a tough challenge on day two, with all pairs coming up against some strong Asian opponents.
Australia’s Ricky and Otto walked off court with a highly respectable number of points following their clash against the Japanese sixth seeds.
Meanwhile, Uzbekistan would have found some satisfaction in their win against Australia’s He and Teoh, who were part of the team who ousted Uzbekistan in last week’s Mixed Team Championships.
- Takuma Kawamoto/Tsubasa Kawamura (JPN) vs Ricky Tang/Otto Xing De Zhao (AUS) 21-14 21-16
- Manjit Singh Khwairakpam/Dingku Singh Konthoujam (IND) vs Rio Agustino/Jack Yu (AUS) 21-9 21-12
- Dilmi Dias/Anurangi Masakorala (SRI) vs Ella Smith/Jenny Zhu (NZL) 21-10 21-9
- Gulassar Bokieva/Sevinch Sodikova (UZB) vs Victoria He/Kai Qi (Bernice) Teoh (AUS) 21-15 22-20
- Da Yeon Jeong/Ae Lin Kim (KOR) vs Janice Jiang/Catelyn Rozario (NZL) 21-11 21-18
- Pichamon Phatcharaphisutsin/Pitchayanin Ungka (THA) vs Kaitlyn Ea/Angela Yu (AUS) 21-11 21-14
Check all results from day two at the BWF World Junior Championships on Tournament Software.