by Wade Townsend
Killyan Fichter (NCL) has upset the seeding in the Cadet Boys’ Singles to finish first in his group. The ferocious New Caledonian star was able to progress through his group undefeated. The biggest upset came with a 3-1 win over the group’s top seed Sang-Yong Park (NZL).
“I’m happy to be first and hope to continue in this way. Of course my aim is to qualify for the World Cadet Challenge, but I also want to finish in the top three athletes here.” Killyan Fichter
The other groups went to expectation, with Australia’s Noah Kim and Finn Luu both securing top place without dropping a game.
Checkout the full boys’ standings from the first stage below.
In the Girls’ event only New Zealand’s Jiayi Zhou is without a loss. However, with the top two seeds yet to come, it will be a tough road ahead if she is going to finish the event with a clan sheet.
Meanwhile, local favourite Grace Yee got off to a perfect start with three 3-0 wins. With a 2-0 lead against Australia’s Sue Bin Oh, it looked like another straight games win might be on the horizon. However, the Aussie defender was able parry her way back in to the match, taking the final game 11-8.
With only one spot reserved for each nation, it’s going to be a tight race to determine who will be representing Oceania at the World Cadet Challenge.
Checkout the full girls’ standings below.