Meet Simone Lim. She’s the new Pokémon Oceania International Juniors Championships champion. She faced off in Melbourne against the older and formidable Justin Miranda-Radbord. He’s defending champ with a long list of achievements, including 21-time Regional Champ.

Lim seemed to come out of nowhere to claim her crown. This was her first year competing; she ranked top four in Malaysia Regionals and at a Singapore Special Event, which would be impressive enough for most players. But Lim is not most players.

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After winning the first match, Lim lost the second but came back for an impressive finish.

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The match shows just how open and accessible esports can be, and in the process, has no doubt made a whole bunch of new Simone Lim fans.

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In the post-match interview, Simone thanked her friends, her family and her coach.

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You can watch the Junior Division Final below:

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.

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