Mingyu Zu has taken to Para Table Tennis' International stage in true style this year, already claiming a number of accolades and amazing performances. After winning the German Para Open she continued her streak of outstanding results in Taiwan and Korea.
She once again showed her great potentials at the Taichung Table Tennis Open for Para Athletes - 15-20 July 2017 in Taichung, Taiwan. Zu competed in the Class 7-8 singles event, claiming victories which lead her to attain a silver medal in the event.
“It was very very fun,” Zu said. “Getting to know new friends and be able to compete is very very exciting!”
However, even when she excelled in the competition, Zu was not satisfied with how she did.
“Actually I don’t think I did well on the first day,” Zu said. “I should not have lost to the German girl [Juliane Wolf] who is third world-ranked.” Zu led her opponent two games ahead, but then the player made a wild comeback and won the match 3:2. “She changed the strategies in the third game, and I didn't realize that,” Zu said. “I missed too many balls myself.”
Despite her loss on the first day, Zu made herself outstanding in the tournament when she beat Josephine Medina, the Bronze Medalist of 2016 Rio Paralympic, 3:0.
“I did okay on the second day. I slowed down and was more relaxed,” Zu said. A great performance and a very short window of time to recover before heading off to Korea the following week. There she would avenge her loss and win gold.
In the Class 6-8 singles she came up against Wolf again, this time in the semifinal, turning around the previous result with a stunning 3-0 victory over the 3rd ranked player in the world. Heading into the final against Japan's Megumi Hirokane. Again she would assert her skill and claim a straight games victory to walk away from the table with the Korean Para Open title.
A stellar year so far for Mingyu Zu and with a handful of wins against top ranked players and Paralympic medalists, along with a host of medals at international events - a very promising sign for her future and the future of USA's Para Table Tennis team!