World Junior Champs wrap-up
With a record breaking 65 countries competing at the 2018 blibli.com BWF World Junior championships the Australian and New Zealand players have finished their tournament showing a promising display for the future.
New Zealand has scraped into a top 20 position to finish off the team event in 20th place while Australia fielding a young team with plenty of years ahead of them has finished a respectable 35th place. Teams had a head-start of playing in Indonesian conditions after attending the blibli.com training camp in Magelang prior to the start of the tournament.
There were mixed fortunes for the players during the individual stages of the tournament. Performance of the tournament from the Oceania region was Oscar Guo throughout the Boys Singles. In the 3rd round during an intense 3 set encounter Oscar eliminated the 16th seeded Chan Yin Chak of Hong Kong defeating him 23-21 in the final game after a huge comeback. Unfortunately in the 4th round after another 3 Game battle Oscar lost to the crowd favourite and local player Muhammad Rehan Diaz from Indonesia.
All players have left Indonesia with a wealth of experience and a better understanding of what it takes to reach the highest level of badminton.
Players will now turn their attention to training over the Summer period and look forward tot he next major event. The 2018 season will kick off with the North Harbour international followed by the Oceania Championships in early February.
Below is the link of Oscar Guo in his 4th round match.
Photo Credit: Badminton Photo