CHINESE player Tang Min could be Hong Kong's future star. Tang, 24, has been training in the territory for the past 14 months, possesses a Hong Kong identity card and is 22 months away from being a fully-fledged Hong Kong player. Ranked third in China, behind the mainland's most famous international, Li Fang, Tang has already shown she is ready to climb the world rankings. Her Australian coach, Des Tyson, believes Tang has the potential to improve on her current ranking of 185, which is higher than Hong Kong number one Willy Chan Lee, who is ranked in the 400s. 'In just one year, Tang has gone from someone without a ranking to 185 in the world,' said Tyson. 'If someone can do that, it shows that she has potential. 'I'm quite optimistic about her chances of improving her ranking.' Should Tang eventually qualify for Hong Kong, she would form a solid partnership with Chan, who is still in her teens and has yet to fulfil her potential. Hong Kong would benefit most in Federation Cup competitions. This year, Chan is considered the only player who would be competitive at regional level and efforts are being made to persuade former Hong Kong number one Paulette Moreno to come out of retirement. The Mei Foo-based Tang has been training regularly at the Hong Kong Sports Institute and Tyson feels she is ready for more overseas competition. 'First, she started off at the lowest competitions but gradually worked her way up and now she is playing US$100,000 events,' said Tyson, who says Tang is currently getting over a slight shoulder injury. 'We are hoping she will be able to play in tournaments through March and April.'