Pictured: Jack Wang and Ella Smith, New Zealand. Photo credit: Badminton Photo
The four remaining pairs and players from Oceania were in action on day three of the BWF World Junior Championships.
Opening with the Mixed Doubles, Australia’s Otto and Kaitlyn were up against the Japanese twelfth seeds. They started both games strong, keeping the opening points close, but once the Japanese enjoyed a run of quick consecutive points, they ran away with the match.
- Tsubasa Kawamura/Kaho Osawa (JPN) vs Otto Xing De Zhao/Kaitlyn Ea (AUS) 21-13 21-13
Similarly, the remaining Mixed Doubles pairs from Oceania were up against strong Asian opposition. Australia’s brother and sister duo, Jack and Angela Yu came extremely close to taking the first game against Hiroki and Atsumi, and weren’t able to repeat the same form in the second as they let the Japanese seal a comfortable victory.
- Muhammad Haikal/Low Yeen Yuan (MAS) vs Jack Wang/Ella Smith (NZL) 21-11 21-9
- Hiroki Nishi/Atsumi Miyazaki (JPN) vs Jack Yu/Angela Yu (AUS) 22-20 21-7
Oceania’s reigning junior Men’s Singles champion from New Zealand, Edward Lau, had an impressive run into the fourth round of the Men’s Singles.
The draw set up a clash against the junior world number one, Kunlavut Vitidsarn from Thailand, who has only just let all of his opponents into doubles figures in the draw so far, continuing the same form against the New Zealander.
- Kunlavut Vitidsarn (THA) vs Edward Lau (NZL) 21-12 21-7
All results are available to view on Tournament Software.