World Championships | 17 Apr 2019
European champion LI Qian targets podium in Budapest
Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships, Budapest, April 21-28
Actual European champion in Women’s Singles event, LI Qian of Poland, is looking forward to Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships, Budapest, April 21-28, where she is going to fight for her place at podium. Tarnobrzeg’s player took Women’s Doubles bronze four years ago in the Chinese city of Suzhou, playing beside Netherlands’ LI Jie, and now hopes she is ready to repeat that exploit in the upcoming days in Budapest.
“I am not in top shape, but also not really bad. Just feel it is normal, average… My goal is, of course, to win the medal, in doubles”, stated LI Qian who predicts, like many others, Chinese players in the finals of singles events.
Speaking about strongest medal contenders from Europe, LI Qian explained:
“I think players as POLCANOVA, SZOCS or SAMARA have a big chance to reach medal places."
Regarding younger players capable to create upsets in Budapest, LI sees in that role two rising stars from China:
“WANG Manyu, for example, or SUN Yingsha are able to surprise favourites”.
LI Qian will face another big challenge just a week after Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships, as her club KTS Enea Siarka Tarnobrzeg of Poland plays ECLW final against Dr. CASL from Croatia.