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Australia and New Zealand to square off to decide qualifiers

Australia and New Zealand crushed the opposition at the Oceania Thomas and Uber Cup qualifiers to set up an intriguing match-up on Sunday to decide who will qualify for the tournament proper in Wuhan, China, from May 20-27.

In the Thomas Cup qualifiers, Australia and New Zealand each defeated Tahiti and New Caledonia 5-0 in their opening two matches, meaning their tie on Sunday will decide who will finish as Oceania champion.

It was the same story in the Uber Cup qualifiers, with the two giants crushing New Caledonia 5-0 in the three-team competition.

Victoria Na (left), led the way for Australia, thrashing Johanna Kou 21-6, 21-9 in 20 minutes. The Aussies took only 91 minutes to complete the win, with the second doubles partnership of Leanne Choo-Renuga Veeran closing out the tie with a 21-7, 21-6 thrashing of Magali Bravo-Lorinda Sautes.

The Kiwis needed eight minutes longer to polish off New Caledonia, but Michelle Chan Ky-Anna Rankin had the honour of recording the quickest win with a 21-4, 21-6 beating of Cecilia Moussy-Nadia Kasimun in just 15 minutes.

For full results, click here.

Over at the Pan Am qualifiers, Canada hold the advantage in the Uber Cup after winning their opening two matches.

Michelle Li was their star player, winning all four of her matches – two singles and two doubles – to guide them to 5-0 victories over Brazil and Barbados.

Li, who is ranked No. 24 in the world in the singles and No. 26 with Alex Bruce (right), in the doubles, started off by beating Brazil’s Lohaynny Vicente 21-9, 21-11, and then partnered Bruce to a 21-13, 21-13 victory over Vicente and her sister Luana.

Li then opened and closed out the tie against Barbados, thrashing Shari Watson 21-0, 21-12 in 22 minutes to give Canada the lead before once again partnering Bruce in the doubles in the final tie of the match. They defeated Watson and Mariama Eastmond 21-6, 21-10.

For full results, click here.

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