2018 YONEX North Harbour International - Local New Zealanders to set the bar at upcoming Finals
After this morning’s round of exciting Semi-Final matches, New Zealand representatives will feature in four of the five Finals this afternoon at the 2018 YONEX North Harbour International.
Finals Day kickstarted with thrilling Mixed Doubles Semi-Final matches. New Zealanders and Number 3 Seeded pair Maika PHILLIPS and Anona PAK overcame the last-standing Australian Mixed Doubles pair, Huaidong TANG and Jennifer TAM  in 3 games (21-10, 18-21, 21-17) – the longest match of the session. Meanwhile, the only Mixed Doubles pair from Brazil, Fabricio FARIAS and Jaqueline LIMA  made their trip to the Oceania region worthwhile, defeating locals Kevin DENNERLY-MINTURN and Kylie LUO (New Zealand) in straight games (21-18, 21-16).
In eventful Men’s Singles matches, New Zealand’s Abhinav MANOTA, Seed Number 9, continued his strong performance, knocking out Number 3 Seed Ashwant GOBINATHAN (Australia) comfortably (21-15, 21-12). On the other side of the draw, an early exit by Edward LAU (New Zealand) shocked spectators, allowing Oscar GUO (New Zealand) through to the Men’s Singles Final. LAU  retired from injury 11 minutes into the match against GUO , 6-9.
Women’s Singles will see Australian, Louisa MA  matched up against Indonesian Jesica MULJATI  in the Final this afternoon. Both players completing their Semi-Finals comfortably in straight sets – MA defeated Shaunna LI (New Zealand), 21-17, 21-13; and MULJATI defeated Jennifer TAM  (Australia), 21-10, 21-13.
An all-New-Zealand Men’s Doubles Final will feature Number 2 Seeds Jonathan CURTIN and Dhanny OUD, and Number 3 Seeds, Kevin DENNERLY-MINTURN and Oliver LEYDON-DAVIS. CURTIN and OUD overcame New Zealand brothers Dacmen and Daxxon VONG , 22-20, 21-16, in the Semi-Finals. On the adjacent court, DENNERLY-MINTURN and LEYDON-DAVIS overpowered Seed Number 1 pair Simon Wing Hang LEUNG and Mitchell WHELLER (Australia).
LEYDON-DAVIS sibling, Susannah will also feature in a doubles final, partnering up with fellow New Zealander, Sally FU in the Women’s Doubles. While unseeded in the tournament, S. LEYDON-DAVIS and FU toppled first seed Erena CALDER-HAWKINS and Jasmin Chung Man NG (New Zealand), 21-12, 21-11, in the Semi-Finals. The other Women’s Doubles Finalists is none other than London 2012 Olympic pair, Leanne CHOO and Renuga VEERAN  (Australia), who overcame Anona PAK and Danielle TAHURI  (New Zealand), 21-9-21-15, in the Semi-Finals.
Spectators will be treated a series of riveting Finals matches of the 2018 YONEX North Harbour International, starting at 4:00PM NZDT today, to be played in the following order:
Fabricio FARIAS / Jacqueline LIMA  (BRA) vs Maika PHILLIPS / Anona PAK  (NZL)
Louisa MA  (AUS) vs Jesica MULJATI  (INA)
Oscar GUO  (NZL) vs Abhinav MANOTA  (NZL)
Sally FU / Susannah LEYDON-DAVIS (NZL) vs Leanne CHOO / Renuga VEERAN  (AUS)
Kevin DENNERLY-MINTURN / Oliver LEYDON-DAVIS  (NZL) vs Jonathan CURTIN / Dhanny OUD  (NZL)
Be sure catch all the action LIVE at Badminton North Harbour, Forrest Hill, Auckland, New Zealand – or watch the FREE online stream on the Badminton Oceania YouTube Channel.
Full results are available on Tournament Software and are updated throughout the day here.