NEW ZEALAND OPEN 2007 – DAY 1 Calm in Auckland

The opening day of the NZ open was a fairly calm day with predictable results. A lot of the local young players from New Zealand were on show today in […]

ImageThe opening day of the NZ open was a fairly calm day with predictable results. A lot of the local young players from New Zealand were on show today in the preliminary rounds of the men’s and ladies’ singles.

By Lynne Scutt, Badzine Correspondent live in Auckland

There are many interesting match-ups in the ladies’ singles tomorrow, although the crowd will be disappointed that one of the games of the night, Zhou Mi of Hong Kong against the 2006 NZ Open winner Huang Chia Chi is a non-event with Huang having withdrawn. Local favourite Rachel Hindley will be on court for the first time in the Open against Japan’s Yu Wakita, as well as NZ teammate Michelle Chan, who cruised through her first round match and is now to meet Line Esberg of Denmark. Also Tracey Hallam of England against Weny Rahmawati of France will be a great one to see.

The men’s singles second round gives New Zealand’s John Moody (picured) the opportunity to show some of the good form he had last week in the Indonesian Open Super Series with his first round clash against Malaysian Wong Choong Han. Other games of interest will be the 2006 winner Lee Tsuen Seng taking on Englishman Nick Kidd and Ismail Saman of Malaysia versus Crespo from Spain.

The mixed and men’s doubles will start tomorrow afternoon.

Check out the latest results HERE

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