Table tennis champs return
The New Zealand Open Table Tennis Championships return to Tauranga for the first time in 40 years today with the week-long event at the Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre running through until next Saturday.
Tony Liu of Auckland is proven as the best player in the country and is here to defend the four titles he won last year – the Mens Singles, Men’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Team championship.
Liu is yet to be beaten by any New Zealand player since arriving in the country in 2011.
Sunshine Li is the defending champion in the women’s singles.
There are 56 Bay of Plenty players among the 334 entries across the junior and senior events.
The local Senior Men’s team is regarded as the best in years.
It contains former two time national champion and Commonwealth Games rep Shane Laugeson who leads the team with three other former NZ reps supporting him in Paul Innes, Calvin Kwong and Matt Hetherington, along with the Bay's emerging talent Max Henderson.