Clearing the group stages with three wins over Czech Republic, Hungary and Australia, it was a great start for Emily Tan at the World Hopes Challenge in Spain. It wouldn't be long after that she would find herself on the medal podium after reaching the semifinal and losing out to the eventual winner.
Tan defeated Algeria and Thailand in the main draw to reach the semifinal, showing her fighting spirit in winning three matches with 3-2 margins. Her final position in the tournament of 4th place earned her a bronze medal and more importantly, a place in the World Hopes Team which will contest the World Cadet Challenge in Tokttori, Japan in late October.
Nandan Naresh finished the competition in 7th place, showing a great start by also winning his three group stage matches. Based on the performance analysis of the Hopes Team Coaches, Nandan ranks in 5th position among the field, making him the first substitute candidate for the team.
On top of the success of Emily and Nandan, coach Wenting Zha also had cause for celebration. Wenting was awarded a $1000 ITTF Educational Coaching Scholarship after making a strong impression among the coaches at the event and during the educational coaching seminars and assignments.
We look forward to seeing Emily in action in Japan and congratulation her, Nandan and Wenting on their success at the World Hopes Week and Challenge.