20 Mar 2018

Winner on home soil two years ago when the tournament was staged in Bendigo, on Monday 19th March at the 2018 ITTF Oceania Championships in Gold Coast, the host nation’s Jian Fang Lay retained her Women’s Singles title.

The success meant that not only did she repeat her success, additionally she won for the fourth time; previously she had emerged successful in 2002 in Suva and more recently in 2014 when Bendigo was also the home.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

She now narrows the gap on New Zealand’s Li Chunli; between Palmerston North in 1990 and Suva in 2012, she won five times.

One behind but it very nearly was still two behind Lee Chunli; the previous day in the penultimate round in Gold Coast, Jian Fang Lay was tested; the top seed, after accounting for Vanuatu’s Priscilla Tommy in straight games (11-2, 11-3, 11-7, 11-3), she required seven games to overcame Feng Chunyi, the no.4 seed and also from Australia (11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 12-10, 10-12, 10-12, 11-7).

A place in the final reserved; she accounted for colleague Melissa Tapper, the no.3 seed in four straight games to secure the top prize (12-10, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6). In the opposite half, Melissa Tapper had beaten Fiji’s Sally Yee at the quarter-final stage (11-7, 11-7, 11-3, 11-4) before accounting for compatriot Michelle Bromley (11-9, 11-8, 11-7, 12-10).

Runners up spot for Melissa Tapper, earlier in the day it had been gold. She had joined forces with Michelle Bromley and Feng Chunyi to win the Women’s Team title before again with Michelle Bromley enjoying Women’s Doubles success.

At the final hurdle of the Women’s Team event a three-nil win was recorded in opposition to the combination formed by Tahiti’s Melveen Richmond who joined forces with New Caledonia’s Solemn Danger and Lorie La; in the Women’s Doubles final, a straight games result was posted against Vanuatu’s Anolyn Lulu and Priscilla Tommy (11-6, 11-9, 11-3).

2018 Oceania Championships Jian Fang Lay

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Day 4 - 2018  ITTF-Oceania Championships