Tin-Tin Ho returns from injury in time for World Junior Championships
PUBLISHED: 20:05 01 December 2015 | UPDATED: 20:05 01 December 2015
Paddington's Tin-Tin Ho is back from injury and ready to compete for England on the world stage once more.
The 17-year-old, who lives in Upbrook Mews and used to attend St Joseph’s Catholic School in Maida Vale, has recovered from an ankle problem which has kept her out of the game since her successful European Youth Championships appearance in the summer, when she reached the last 16 and helped the team to seventh place.
Her recovery could not be better timed with the World Junior Championships due to get under way in France on Sunday and the Commonwealth Championships to follow next month.
It will be Ho’s second appearance at the World Juniors, and she will be joined in Vendee by Helshan Weerasinghe and Maria Tsaptsinos, who have both been called up from the reserve list.
Having missed events including the Europe Youth Top 10 and the senior European Championships, Ho is raring to go again.
“I’m really excited because it will be my first tournament of the season and I’m looking to get back and continue from the European Youth Championships, where I played well,” she said.
“It’s been quite hard being injured – I really wanted to do well at the Europe Youth Top 10 – but I’ve been focusing on trying to get back rather than on the tournaments I’ve missed.
“In a way it’s been positive because I’ve also had a chance to have some rehab on my hips and calves.”
At last year’s event in Shanghai, Ho reached the last 64 of the singles, where she was beaten by Korea’s Eunchae Ji – and she also reached the last 32 of the mixed doubles alongside Russia’s Sadi Ismailov.
She said: “I think I did ok last year but lost my focus a bit in the [singles] match I lost, so I’m hoping I have learned from that. I think I can get some good wins over people that are ranked higher than me.”
Meanwhile, Ho has been named in the England team to compete at the World Schools’ Table Tennis Championships in Israel in April.