April 11, 2018

Heming Hu is getting the crowds on their feet on the Gold Coast. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Australia’s Heming Hu is looking to inspire the local fans as he continues his singles campaign at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Hu is the last Aussie standing in the Men’s Singles event, after a day which saw teammates Chris Yan and David Powell eliminated from the draw.

It will be a tough game tomorrow for Hu. He faces Achanta Sharath Kamal in the last 16. Kamal was part of India’s gold medal winning team earlier this week. It’s not going to be easy, but Hu thinks he is in with a chance.

“I’ve never played Kamal before. He’s a top player. I’m going to have to receive and serve well, then I have a shot.” Heming Hu

Win or lose, the Aussie will certainly tick one box tomorrow; to entertain the fans.

“I hope I can inspire kids to take up table tennis and put on a good show for the crowd tomorrow.” Heming Hu

Table tennis players aren’t usually what one first thinks of when you speak of Australian sporting heroes. But Hu looks to be changing that here at the Games. His matches have been inspiring the crowds. Post-match selfies with fans has been a common occurrence for Hu; the audience flocking to get a selfie with the star in green and gold.

“I love it. Personally I get more nervous without the fans watching me. It makes me enjoy the match even more.” Heming Hu

It will be monumental upset if Hu comes away with the win. But with a stadium of local support behind him, anything is possible.

Fans want that green & gold selfie. ???????? #GC2018TableTennis

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