May 24, 2018

Heming Hu didn’t disappoint when he got his shot to compete at the ITTF-Oceania Cup. (Photo: Ron Zwiers)

Heming Hu knows what it’s like to be on the sidelines.

The current Australian number one has been itching to play at the ITTF-Oceania Cup for some years now. The closest he had come was watching the television replays. Not being in the game is a heartbreaking experience for any athlete. But it is also one of the best motivators.

So when the 2017 Australian Top 10 was used as a qualification event for the ITTF-Oceania Cup, the Aussie made no mistake. He was stormed past the competition and booked his ticked to Vanuatu.

Likewise, with the chance to play in Port Vila last week, he was on song from start to finish and didn’t miss a beat. He defeated New Zealand’s Dean Shu 4-2 to win Oceania’s premier event on debut. It was a long time coming for Hu, but turning his longtime dream in to a reality was a sweet experience.

“I was extremely glad to have the opportunity to play the ITTF-Oceania Cup for the first time, and to win it on my debut, I couldn’t be more stoked! I have had this dream for a very long time to win ITTF-Oceania Cup and play the ITTF Men’s World Cup and for it to finally come true is just amazing!” – Heming Hu

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But winning the ITTF-Oceania Cup was just part one of the story. Now comes another opportunity for Hu to tick another box, and this time on one of the biggest stages in the world.

The Australian will travel to Paris, France in October for the ITTF Liebherr 2018 Men’s World Cup. There he will square up against the biggest names in table tennis.

“I know it will be extremely tough playing against the world’s very best. I know that I will come as the underdog with nothing to lose.” – Heming Hu

It’s been a big couple of years of table tennis for Hu. From competing in the Swedish League, to facing the likes of Dimitrj Ovtcharov, Hu has been racking up some serious international experience. When October comes around it could be time for him to cash it in.

“I have been playing very well and a high level of table tennis for the last 2-3 years and at big tournaments with the higher of pressures. I love the big pressure situations with big crowds and I hope to utilise this in Paris. I believe with some luck, a good preparation and performance, I have shown that I have a chance to beat very good players and/or at least challenge them and let’s see what happens.” – Heming Hu

Be ready Oceania. Heming Hu is ready to take on the world.