A large group of junior players are back in the Oceania region for the second time in a month and are again looking likely to take home several of the titles at the LI-NING Australian Junior International being played this week at Western Suburbs Club, Altona, Melbourne and then again next week at the LI-NING Sydney International
In the Men’s Singles top seed Chen Chi Ting (TPE) is currently ranked number 3 in the world junior rankings, closely followed by team mate Chia Lao Lee, second seed and ranked number 4 in the junior world rankings. Lee reached the semi-finals of the TUI MEDICAL Waikato International three weeks ago. New Zealand players Oscar Guo – ranked 49th and seeded 4th and Edward Lau – ranked 63rd, seeded 5th are the only two players from Oceania to be seeded in the Men’s Singles.
In the Women’s Singles New Zealand’s Sally Fu – WR 26 is the top seed with Huang Yin Hsuan (TPE) WR – 48 and runner-up at the Waikato International, seeded second. Australia’s Lauren Lim – WR 66, is seeded 4th
The winners of the Men’s Doubles at the Waikato International – Su Li Wei and Ye Hong Wei (TPE) are seeded top in the Men’s Doubles with both players currently ranked 21 in the junior world rankings. New Zealand’s top pairing of Dacmen Vong and Oscar Guo, WR – 68 and 74 respectively, are seeded second.
In the Women’s Doubles the winners from the Waikato International are also seeded top in Australia; Li Zi Qing and Teng Chun Hsun – WR 35 with the runner-up from the same tournament seeded third: Chia-Wei Liang and Cheng Yu-Pei – WR 108. Standing between these two pairs is the t New Zealand pair of Jacqueline Yu and Alyssa Tagle – WR 107 and 100 respectively.
The top three seeds in the Mixed Doubles are all pairs from Chinese Taipei, with the first and third seeded pairs both reaching the semi-finals at the Waikato International.
Play starts today (Friday) at 10am local time with all events playing through to the quarter-finals which will commence 10am Saturday with semi-finals at 5pm and finals commencing 10am Sunday
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