Victorian Institute of Sport

Successful start for Tapper and Powell at Australian Open

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Melissa Tapper has had a promising performance at the ITTF Australian Open as she prepares for the Rio Olympic and Paralympics.

Tapper beat fellow Australian Ju-Fang Hsueh 11-5, 11-5, 11-9, 11-4 in qualification group four before overcoming Fiji’s Sally Yee 11-3, 11-3, 11-3, 11-1.

In the round of 32 Tapper was defeated by the top seed, world number 21, Hitomi Sato of Japan in straight sets 2-11,10-12,10-12,9-11.

Watch the match highlights below:

 

David Powell started his Australian Open campaign strongly with a 4-0 victory over Frenchman Fabrice Balazi 11-5, 11-8, 11-7, 11-4.

Powell’s tournament also ended in the round of 32, being defeated by Yuki Morita of Japan 1-4, 9-11, 5-11, 9-11, 5-11.

Watch the match highlights below:

 

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