Tournaments

20 Mar 2018

A potential four titles on offer at the 2018 ITTF Oceania Championships in Bendigo, on Monday 19th March, Yan Xin departed Gold Coast with a full house of titles.

The success meant that he became only the second player in the history of the tournament to achieve the feat. In 2010 in Auckland, compatriot William Henzell had been a member of the successful outfit in the Men’s Team event, he had joined forces with Miao Miao to win Mixed Doubles gold and Justin Han to secure the Men’s Doubles crown, prior to being anointed Men’s Singles champion.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

In Bendigo on the concluding of play, Yan Xin was a busy man. He was on duty alongside David Powell and Kane Townsend in the final of the Men’s Team event; he partnered Jian Fang Lay and Heming Hu to success in the respective Mixed Doubles and Men’s Doubles success, before retaining his Men’s Singles crown won two years earlier in Bendigo.

A three-nil verdict was the end result in the Men’s Team final against the New Zealand trio of Matthew Ball, Dean Shu and Alfred Dela Pena, prior to a five games Mixed Doubles success being recorded against colleagues Heming Hu and Melissa Tapper (11-13, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 11-5).

A narrow hard fought success, the Men’s Doubles final was even closer, victory was secured by the narrowest of margins in opposition to David Powell and Kane Townsend, also from Australia (5-11, 11-4, 11-7, 14-12, 12-10).

Similarly en route to gold in the Men’s Singles event, for Yan Xin, there were testing times.
At the final hurdle, the no.2 seed, he accounted for Heming Hu (4-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5), having the previous day at the quarter-final stage ousted New Zealand’s Matthew Ball (11-13, 13-11, 12-10, 11-9, 7-11, 11-7), followed by Kane Townsend, the no.3 seed, in a similarly hard fought encounter (4-11, 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6).

Closely fought contests in the lower half of the draw as play progressed to the latter stages in the top half of the draw, it was the same scenario.

On the penultimate day of play, Heming Hu had been extended to seven games by New Zealand’s Dean Shu in the round of the last eight (11-8, 10.12, 8-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-5), before needing six games in the penultimate round to end the hopes of compatriot David Powell, the no.4 seed (8-11, 13-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-6, 12-10).

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Day 4 - 2018  ITTF-Oceania Championships