by Wade Townsend
Jiayi Zhou is running hot this morning in Bendigo, coming back from three games down to defeat Michelle Wu and move in to the final of the ITTF-Oceania Youth Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Bendigo.
Wu looked to have the match in the bag after taking the first three games. But the young Kiwi ground her way back in to the match, playing acrobatic chops three metres back from the table.
“My hands are shaking after the win. It feels good to comeback from three games down. I’m really happy to make it in to the final. After winning one game I thought I could get three more and was determined to keep going. I just had a feeling I could win.” Jiayi Zhou
The win sets up a surprise all New Zealand final. Hui Ling Vong has moved in to the final round undefeated, and Zhou will need to pull off another upset if she is going to take the ticket to Buenos Aires from her teammate.
Meanwhile in the Boys’ Singles the semi-finals are set with Australia and New Zealand clashing in both halves of the draw.
Top seed Benjamin Gould will face the undefeated Nathan Xu, while Mateo Dvorani is up against Yanglun Zhao.