Aussies continue to dominate in China

Australia’s top seeded World Junior Tennis Competition team continued to dominate on day two of the Asia-Oceania qualifying event, defeating Indonesia 3-0 in Anqing, China, yesterday.

[1] Australia def Indonesia 3-0
Thanasi Kokkinakis (Seacombe Heights, SA) def Dhimas Arganata 6-0 6-1
Li Tu (Adelaide, SA) def Mark Ginting 6-4 7-6(2)
Kokkinakis/Blake Mott (Thirroul, NSW) def Arganata/Burhannandra Astanto 6-0 6-1

National Academy Coach and team captain Brod Dyke said, “Our two good wins mean we will go through to the quarterfinals, but our placement and opponent will depend on how we fare against our final pool opponent India, the No.7 seeds, tomorrow.

“Thanasi delivered the goods again today to get Australia off to a positive beginning on the lightning fast court one. Li didn’t play the best match of his life but managed to win the important points. Blake and Thanasi combined well to overpower their Indonesian opponents. It is good to know we have three solid singles and doubles players representing our country,” Dyke continued.

“I’m really enjoying the experience of playing for my country. We are all playing well at the moment,” Blake Mott said.

Li Tu said, “The tournament has been great so far with many friendly volunteers helping us throughout the week. We are a close team and it is good to feel if one of us wins we all win!”

“This is an exciting tournament that brings together the best players from the Asia and Oceania region,” Thanasi Kokkinakis continued. “We were all nervous at first but after two ties we are gaining a lot of confidence.”

The ITF World Junior Tennis Competition is an elite team competition for boys and girls aged 14/u. The top four teams from the Asia Oceania qualifying event will progress to the World Final, to be held in Prostejov, Czech Republic, in August.

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