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England star named after table tennis

Table Tennis
29 Mar 2018

It is safe to say Tin-Tin Ho comes from a family obsessed with table tennis.

Her father Charles Ho, who represented Hong Kong at table tennis, named his daughter Tin-Tin so she could share the same initials as his beloved sport.

"Yes it's true, my initials are TT for table tennis," she said.

"And my brother’s name is Ping."

Tin-Tin also means 'sky' and the 19-year-old hopes the sky is the limit for her Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games medal chances.

She competed for England in the mixed doubles event at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at age 15, claiming silver with partner Liam Pitchford.

At GC2018 she will contest the women's team, women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles events. In the latter, she will once again play with Pitchford.

Ho arrived on the Gold Coast this week feeling confident about her preparations.

"I'm feeling good. We just came from Japan where we had about six days to practise. That was quite good for us to play against the Japanese because they're very good," she said.

On her medal chances, Ho wants a repeat - or better - of her 2014 silver medal in the mixed doubles.

"I hope we can get as many medals as possible, especially in the team events because we've been working quite hard together," she said.

Ho's table tennis-loving family were not able to make the trip to the Gold Coast, so will be cheering her on from home.

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This article was produced by Games News Service.