Australia went undefeated to win the men’s and women’s team event at the 2019 Oceania Team Qualification Event. By winning, they qualified to compete in the team event at the Olympics. Additionally, they are now eligible to compete in the respective individual event with two athletes. The Oceania Team Qualification Event was held in Mornington, Australia on December 6th 2019.
Only two nations competed in the women’s team event and thus Australia and Fiji had a single match to decide the quota. The host nation won all three of the matches in straight sets in a relatively easy encounter where the closest set was 11-4.
The men’s event contained four teams where a round robin was held and the winner qualified to the Olympics. Australia and New Zealand swept their first two matches against Fiji and Papua New Guinea before facing each other in a deciding match. While a more competitive encounter, Australia won the first two matches without dropping a set, the third match however saw New Zealand’s Nathan Xu take a 2-1 set lead over Australia’s Xin Yan. Yan however, was able to win the next two sets 11-3 and 11-9 to win the match 3-2 and to secure the quota for his nation. Third place was won by Papua New Guinea who defeated Fiji 3-2.
This was the final continental qualification event for team events. Nations will have one more opportunity to qualify to the team event via the World Qualification Event to be held next month. Additionally, Oceania nations can still qualify to the singles and mixed doubles events through their continental qualifier to be held in April.