By Wade Townsend
Australia’s Heming Hu and Jian Fang Lay have won the 2018 ITTFOceania Cup Men’s and Women’s Singles respectively at the recent staging of the event in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Oceania’s premier table tennis event saw sixteen of the region’s best athletes compete in Korman Stadium from 18th-19th May, looking to win part of the $40,000AU in prize money up for grabs.
In the Men’s Singles final saw history made as it was the first time in the event’s history that an athlete from New Zealand made the Men’s Singles final.
But Australia maintained their perfect record as Heming Hu defeated New Zealand’s Dean Shu 4-2, winning the title on his debut at the event.
Hu has now qualified to compete at the ITTF Men’s World Cup which is to held in Paris, France in October this year.
“I could not be any more thrilled. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity and just want to say thank you very much to everybody who helps me day in day out.” - Heming Hu
In the Women’s Singles final, Jian Fang Lay made a successful title defence, defeating Melissa Tapper 4-2 in a tightly fought final, to lift the cup for a fourth time.
By securing the title Lay has booked herself a ticket the ITTF World Cup in Chengdu, China this September.