10 September, 2018, 12:20 pm
FIJI’S very own Sally Yee scooped the women’s singles title in the International Table Tennis Federation Oceania Tour Championship at the FMF gymnasium in Suva yesterday.
Sally defeated her younger sister Grace Yee in the final four sets to one to accomplish 1000 points as she aims for the top eight positions in the Oceania championship tour in order to be qualified to the ITTF Oceania Cup.
Olympian Sally Yee, trains in Japan and came back home to compete in the tour.
She currently sits on top of the ITTF-Oceania tour points list after taking the title in Tonga and Fiji and will look forward to extend her lead in Tahiti.
In the men’s singles final Dean Shu of New Zealand defeated his teammate Nathan Xu in four straight sets. Shu’s winning performance seeded him to the top four with another three tours left in the championship.
ITTF Oceania table tennis president Anthony Ho earlier predicted the Yee sisters meeting in the final after their superb performance in the round robins.
“The sisters did well, they met some tough challenges from other teams but came out with a close win match,” Ho said.
However, New Zealands Dean Shu has been instrumental throughout the competition and has increased his points after winning the final.
“Dean Shu is one of the top players from the Oceania region representing New Zealand. He won a very interesting match against former national champion of the 2016 Fiji Open Rohan Dhooria and defeated his opponent in the final by four straight sets,” Ho said.
The ITTF Oceania championship will now shift focus to the Tahiti Open on November 3-4 then to New Zealand on the 10-11 before the final tour in Vanuatu next year.