The women's table-tennis World Cup is coming to Hong Kong next month and top local player Tie Yana says she intends to win it. Thanks to a joint effort by the Hong Kong Table Tennis Association (HKTTA), the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and title sponsor Volkswagen, the US$85,000 event will be held here for the first time since 1996. The HKTTA confirmed this week that the mainland's Zhang Yining (world number one), World and Olympic champion Wang Nan (world number two) and Niu Jianfeng (world number three) would compete. Eight more top-20 ranked players, as well as the champions from Europe, North America, Latin America, Oceania and Africa, will participate in the tournament to be held from December 17-19 at the 3,600-capacity Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai. Tie, ranked ninth in the world and a gold medal winner at last year's Asian Games, said home advantage could boost her performance. 'I love playing in front of a crowd and I really hope everyone will come to Queen Elizabeth Stadium and encourage me to get into the final,' said Tie, who beat Zhang two years ago. Sixteen paddlers will be divided into four groups, with the winners and runners-up in each section advancing to the quarter-finals. The champion will walk away with US$28,000. Another local, Lau Suifei, has been awarded a wild card entry into the event. Lau said she was looking forward to testing herself against the best but was slightly in awe of the competition. 'The Chinese players coming are very strong,' said Lau. 'I've played all three of them before - Zhang, Wong and Niu - but I've never beaten them. It's very difficult because they have so much heart and skill,' she added.