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The BWF International Series event takes place in Sydney from 18 – 21 September 2019.
Men’s Singles star and previous world number one, Lee Hyun Il, is on track to don the Men’s Singles draw as the first seed with a first round tie against Chinese Taipei’s Chen Shiau Cheng.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Abhinav Manota (10th seed) will be up against Chinese Taipei’s Hua Chun Liang, while Australia’s 14th seed Anthony Joe is drawn up against England’s Oswald Fung.
Australia’s Claudia Lam has been given a tough draw, with a first round draw against the first seed from Finland, Airi Mikkela. Meanwhile, the reigning regional champion and fourth seed, Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen has to overcome Malaysia’s Eoon Qi Xuan.
Also chasing vital ranking points for the Oceania Tour and Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification, Louisa Ma will be keeping her eye on the qualification rounds as the winner between the Philippine’s Airah Mae Nicole Albo and Indonesia’s Jesican Muljati will qualify for the main draw clash against Ma.
In the men’s doubles, Australian first seeds Simon Leung and Mitchell Wheller will have to see off the challenge from New Zealand’s Dhanny Oud and Maika Phillips.
The pair are set on a course to meet New Zealand’s second seeds, Abhinav Manota and Oliver Leydon-Davies in the final. However, the kiwi shuttlers will have to see of the likes of Singapore’s De Jun Jackie Tan and Zi Jian Tan first, before qualifying for the later rounds.
Kiribati’s Tinabora Tekeiaki and Teitiria Utimawa, who made headlines at this year’s Samoa 2019 Pacific Games after a sterling performance in their first Mixed Team event, will be extending their international experience in the Women’s Doubles draw. Traveling from the remote islands of Kiribati, the ladies will have to qualify for the main draw with a win over Australia’s Sutong Chen and Cheuk Ling Jong.
In the main draw, they would be joined by the likes of New Zealand second seeds Erena Calder-Hawkins and Anona Pak, who are up against Chinese Taipei’s Chen You-Chi and Peng Li Ting.
Finally, a strong Oceania contingent light up the Mixed Doubles draw, including first seeds from New Zealand Jonathan Curtin and Erena Calder-Hawkins and second seeds Mitchell Wheller and Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen of Australia.
New Zealand’s Oliver Leydon-Davis and Anona Pak, who enjoyed a remarkable victory against Ireland’s Sam and Chloe Magee (World number 31) at this year’s TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2019, will also compete as fourth seeds against Australia’s Kai Chen Teoh and Celeste Lee in the first round.
Check out the full draw for the Sydney International 2019 on the links below: