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Title Retained and Family Honour Maintained at ITTF-Oceania Cup

by on Jun.15, 2012, under News

Australia’s William Henzell and New Zealand’s Li Chunli won the respective Men’s and Women’s Singles titles at the ITTF-Oceania Cup on Friday 8th June 2012, to bring six days of action in the Fijian town of Suva to a conclusion.

William Henzell retained the title won one year earlier in his home town of Adelaide, whilst Li Chunli kept matters in the family. In 2011, the title had been won by her younger sister Karen Li.

Gold medals for William Henzell and Li Chunli, for Robbie Frank and Jian Fang Lay, both from Australia, it was the silver medal as it had been one year earlier. Repeat Final
In a repeat of the 2011 Men’s Singles final, William Henzell overcame Robbie Frank in five games (11-5, 11-4, 4-11, 11-8, 11-6); whilst in the Women’s Singles final Li Chunli defeated Jian Fang Lay in a full distance seven games duel (12-10, 9-11, 4-11, 11-6, 11-13, 11-8, 11-5).

Qualification
The results mean that William Henzell has qualified to compete in the LIEBHERR Men’s World Cup to be staged in Liverpool, England from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September 2012; whilst Li Chunli can look forward to playing in the VOLKSWAGEN Women’s World Cup to held in Huangshi, China one week earlier from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd September 2012.

More New Zealand Success
Success for New Zealand in the guise of Li Chunli and there was more success with Phillip Xiao and Natalie Patterson capturing the respective Under 21 Men’s and Under 21 Women’s Singles titles.

At the final hurdle, Phillip Xiao beat Australia’s David Powell (11-6, 11-7, 17-15); whilst Natalie Patterson overcame New Caledonia’s Lea Lai Van (11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 11-8).
Silver for New Caledonia but there was gold.

Gold for New Caledonia
Cathy Gauthier won the Women’s Singles title at the Pacific Cup, an event in which Australia and New Zealand do not participate, beating Vanuatu’s Anolyn Lulu in the final (11-4, 9-11, 11-8, 14-12, 15-13).

It was to some extent a revenge win for Cathy Gauthier; earlier in the proceedings in the Women’s Team event, she had been beaten by Anolyn Lulu.

Top Prize for Vanuatu
Success for New Caledonia over Vanuatu, in the Pacific Cup Men’s Singles final it was the reverse scenario.

Vanuatu’s Yoshua Shing overcame New Caledonia’s Stéphane Gilabert at the final hurdle to arrest the title; he won in four straight games (11-9, 11-9, 11-8, 11-3).

 

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