Wu Hopeful to Lock Down Elusive Title

By Matt Hetherington | June 19, 2019, 3:13 p.m. (ET)

It's almost time to return to the USA for Wu Yue, who is currently in China ahead of the 2019 US National Table Tennis Championships in Las Vegas. 

Her career has blossomed over the past few years, beginning with an exceptional win of the 2015 Pan American Games which qualified her for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. She was also crowned North American Champion the following year and has many other impressive accolades to join those.

In 2018 she was crowned National Collegiate Champion, while a year earlier at the 2017 US Nationals she recorded her best performance to date.

A triple crown was on the cards for Wu Yue, it was 2017 and she had captured the Women's and Mixed Doubles National crowns. Amid the exciting atmosphere at the Silverton Hotel and Casino's Final Table Event, Wu faced off against Olympic teammate Lily Zhang. Under different lights and with a new pressure facing her it proved to be a daunting task, one which Zhang had experienced on many occasions already - experience which led to her 4th National Singles title. Disappointment for Wu as she came away with silver.

With the 2019 US National Championships just around the corner, it marks 3 years since Wu made her debut at the event. The past year has seen her go from strength to strength, and leaves her as a big contender for the title again this year.

Having moved to Europe to train and compete full-time, Wu has been living and competing in Austria where she was one of the leading players in the first division of the league, recording wins against high level players - the likes of 2010 World Cup silver medalist Elizabeta Samara from Romania. 

Wu has gained a great amount of experience, playing a pivotal role at last year's World Team Championships and World Team Cup events, and this year being the last US player remaining in the draw at the World Championships in Budapest. She has now climbed to a career world ranking high of 37, a testament to her continuing hard work and performance on the World Tour. 

"I think in the past year my training and competition has combined very well. I have been working hard to look for shortcomings in my game and try to add some new things in order to seek progress," says Wu, who has traveled far and wide searching for growth in her game.

"For sure everyone wants to win the nationals and everyone is preparing for it. I think my worst enemy or rival is myself, mindset is really the most important thing for me to focus on. I hope I can do well this year."

She will have her share of competition with the likes of fellow Olympian Lily Zhang leading up a draw of difficult contenders, though with everything she has gained in the past year she will surely be ready to contend the one title which has evaded her so far. 

Wu also combines with her Rio Olympic teammates Lily Zhang and Kanak Jha in the women's and mixed doubles respectively.

Be sure to keep up to date as all the action begins on June 30th, with livestreaming kicking off for the main events on Wednesday 3rd July!