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Kiwis Start Well At Oceania Championshps

Monday 21 February 2011, 8:30AM

By Badminton New Zealand

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The two New Zealand sides cruised through their opening round matches of the team championships at the Oceania Junior Badminton Championships in Suva, Fiji.

Title favourites New Zealand 1 defeated Tahiti 5-0 without dropping even a game. Every match was under half an hour and top singles player Asher Richardson from Canterbury being used for only the doubles. Auckland’s Shawn Zhang took over in the top spot with a straight game win over his opponent in 28 minutes while Lilian Shih(Auckland) won the women’s singles in just 15 minutes against Cecile Xavier.

The New Zealand 2 team also won 5-0 as they easily accounted for Fiji. Only one contest went to three games as Matt Sercombe(Canterbury) and Alex Morrison-Bailey(Southland) won the mixed 23-21 in the third set in a 35 minute match. Otherwise every other match took under 25 minutes to complete.

The teams event runs until Tuesday followed by the individual championship which lasts until Saturday.

Oceania Junior Badminton Championships, Suva, Fiji.
New Zealand (1) 5 Tahiti 0
(New Zealand names first)
Men’s doubles: Asher Richardson/Maika Phillips bt Quentin Rossi/Remi Rossi 21-13, 21-14,
Women’s singles: Lilian Shih bt Cecile Xavier 21-9, 21-6,
Men’s singles: Shawn Zhang bt Gregory Vota 21-16, 21-11,
Women’s doubles: Anona Pak/Madeleine Stapleton bt Anais Anton/Luz Walker 21-3 21-7,
Mixed: Evan Lee/Victoria Cheng bt Vota/Anton 21-9 21-11.

New Zealand(2) 5 Fiji 0
(New Zealand names first)
Men’s doubles: Matt Sercombe/Luke White bt Wayne Areki/Sakiusa Vakadewatabua 21-8 21-12,
Women’s singles: Alex Morrison-Bailey bt Carline Bentley 21-9 21-19,
Men’s singles: Edwards Wang bt Peni Sonewai 21-12 21-19,
Women’s doubles: Aishwarya Nair/Phillippa Buzzard bt Sina Quai Hoi/Isabel Fong 21-4 21-11,
Mixed: Sercombe/Morrison-Bailey bt Sonewai/Bentley 22-20 9-21 23-21.