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DAY 2 – Australia V USA
Australia prevailed 4-1 and adjusted to conditions in the hall ahead of future battles against Austria and Singapore.
Australia advanced trouble free in the opening mixed doubles, 21-10, 21-12. Setyana Mapasa / Sawan Serasinghe played freely and delighted the crowd with their lovely creativity left handed stroke making that proved slightly too powerful for Americans Jamie Subhandhi / Vinson Chiu.
The two Australians split up and reappeared later as part of their respective level doubles formations. Sawan Serasinghe / Matthew Chau made the most of their men’s doubles time on court by testing various out of the ordinary tactics such as routine flick serving. Serasinghe was successful at the net area in closing out rallies on his own with multiple drives targeted at an isolated player. Men’s doubles was won 21-19, 21-17, and Gronya Somerville / Setyana Mapasa continued the straight games trend, 21-15, 21-18.
As a result of patiently evaluating the weaponry and level of threat in men’s singles, Timothy Lam came through as the American hero of the day winning 21-14, 21-18, over Anthony Joe. Queenslander Wendy Chen overcame a terribly nervous start in front of her home crowd as well as being on a TV court to outpace Jennie Gai, 21-18, 21-9, in women’s singles.