Chengdu Preview Portuguese Players Riding High on Momentum from Two Continental MedalsWritten by I Dig Sports
Team Portugal returns to Chengdu, with both the mens and womens sides making it to the quarterfinals at last years ITTF World Team Championships. This year, the Portuguese womens team arrives with momentum, securing bronze medals at the European Games in June and the European Teams Championships in September. Led by World No.60 Fu Yu, they aim to guide Portugals mixed team to new heights.
On the mens side, four rising star players aged between 15 and 21 years old will embark on the ITTF Mixed Team World Cup filled with hope.
TEAM PORTUGAL (#8 seed)
Fu YU (World No.60)
At 45, Fu Yu will leverage her extensive experience to benefit the entire team. A two-time Olympian representing Portugal, she claimed the womens singles champion at the 2019 European Games and is a five-time medallist at the European Championships. She showcased good form by reaching the quarterfinals in WTT Star Contender Goa earlier this season.
Ines MATOS (World No.275)
The 19-year-old Matos is a rising star for Team Portugal, making it to the final of WTT Youth Contender Vila Real 2023 in U19 womens singles. She secured two third-place finishes in the European Teams Championships in 2021 and 2023.
Matilde PINTO (World No.322)
At 17, the left-hander Matilde Pinto has already tasted victory, winning the mixed doubles title at WTT Youth Contender Vila Real 2023. She was also part of the team that secured third place at the European Teams Championships in 2023.
Rafael KONG (World No.695)
Born in 2006, Rafael Kong showcased his potential at an early age, clinching singles and doubles titles at the Portugal National Championships Childrens Division in 2018. Recently, he reached the quarterfinals in WTT Youth Star Contender Vila Nova de Gaia 2023 and represented the senior team Portugal for the first time in WTT Feeder.
Tiago ABIODUN (World No.719)
At 15, the left-hander Tiago Abiodun is the youngest player on Team Portugal. Sweeping the WTT Youth U15 series, he claimed titles in mens doubles, mixed doubles, and mens singles in various events.
Tiago LI (World No.882)
The 21-year-old Tiago Li showcased his prowess by clinching the boys singles title at the 2017 Hong Kong Junior & Cadet Open. He aims to realise his full potential on the big stage in Chengdu.
Goncalo GOMES (World No.941)
Born in 2002, Goncalo Gomes made his debut in the WTT Senior Series last week, pairing with Ines Matos in Mixed Doubles at WTT Feeder Vila Nova de Gaia 2023. He looks forward to showcasing his talent in the ITTF Mixed Team World Cup.
*Rankings according to latest on 28/11/2023