Asian Cup to showcase top players in Hong Kong
Local aces Tie Yana and Jiang Huajun can shine in the event that will feature world-class players
The Asian Cup will return to Hong Kong next month after a break of 21 years, affording fans a treat of top-class table tennis.
Although only a regional tournament, the standard of display in the Cup is pretty much on a par with a world-level competition as Asia features most of the best players, especially in the women's competition.
The Asian Cup will feature the top 16 men's and women's singles players in the region, who will be vying for US$100,000 in prize money. Each country will be allowed to send a maximum of two players in each category.
Hong Kong's Jiang Tianyi and Tang Peng as well as women's players Tie Yana and Jiang Huajun, have all qualified by virtue of their world rankings for the three-day tournament to be held at Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai from April 12.
"The final list is yet to be confirmed, but we can assure it is going to be a very exciting tournament," said a spokeswoman for the Hong Kong Table Tennis Association.
"We also hope more fans will come to support our players because their presence will be a strong boost for them, as they do not play at home too often."
Both Tie and Jiang have won the tournament before.
The Asian Cup was last held in the city in 1992, with two-time Olympic champion Deng Yaping capturing the women's title and fellow mainlander Ma Wenge the men's.