09/14/2010 - Germany’s Wu Jiaduo, Poland’s Natalia Partyka, Mexico’s Yadira Silva and Chinese Taipei’s Huang Yi-Hua are all players who will be making their debuts in a Women’s World Cup competition when play commences in Kuala Lumpur on Friday 24th September.
The Volkswagen 2010 Women’s World Cup marks a new era in their careers; for Yadira Silva the first stage will be to compete in the Intercontinental Cup, whilst for Wu Jiaduo, Natalia Partyka and Huang Yi-Hua it is a direct entry to the principal event.
It is very much sink or swim.
ITTF Pro Tour Title Elusive
None has yet clinched an ITTF Pro Tour Women’s Singles title, the nearest of the group to gain such a success being Wu Jiaduo; she was the runner up at the Erke German Open in 2008, losing at the final hurdle to Austria’s Liu Jia.
At senior level, Natalia Partyka is very much finding her feet; whilst for Huang Yi-Hua, her nearest to Women’s Singles gold on the ITTF Pro Tour came in New Delhi earlier this year when she reached the semi-final stage.
She was beaten by Singapore’s Yu Meng Yu the defending champion and eventual runner up to Japan’s Sayaka Hirano.
However, of all newcomers Huang Yi-Hua is arguably the young lady who has made the most progress in the past twelve months.
Certainly she has earned the right to be in Kuala Lumpur and she may just be the player who can cause and upset.
Right handed, speed might not be the forte of Huang Yi-Hua but she is powerful and she is the leader of a new generation of impressive female players from Chinese Taipei.
In July and august this year Huang Yi-Hua clinched the no.20 spot on the ITTF Women’s World Rankings; however, life in sport is unbridled progress and her results on the ITTF Pro Tour in August have been a little below the level set earlier in the year.
Nevertheless, a world ranking of no.30 is noticeable improvement on October 2009 when she was listed at no.60.
Unquestionably in Chinese Taipei there is a very well structured and detailed training programme but Huang Yi-Hua stressed, when interviewed at the German Open in Berlin earlier this year, that competing on the ITTF Pro Tour was invaluable.
Competition combined with an excellent training programme has been the equation for success; in Kuala Lumpur can she build even further on the progress made in the past twelve months.