30 Apr 2017

Success on home soil, Fadwa Garci delighted the home supporters by winning the Cadet Girls’ Singles title at the 2017 ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championships in Tunis on Saturday 14th April.

After overcoming Egypt’s Hana Mahmoud at the semi-final stage (11-9, 12-10, 11-8, 11-5), she clinched the title at the final expense of colleague Manel Baklouti, emerging successful in a full distance seven games contest (11-4, 6-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 4-11, 11-8).

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

The 15 year old, who greets every success with a determined vocal response, similar to that of the tennis star, Maria Sharapova, fast became a crowd favourite.

Now she is looking forward to competing in the Liebherr 2017 World Championships in Düsseldorf, play commences on Monday 29th May,

She spoke to Olalekan Okusan, the ITTF-Africa Press Officer

The World Championship is one of the biggest events in table tennis and every player dreams to participate. I was privileged last year to compete at the ITTF African Championships in Agadir, Morocco; this was made possible following recent performances at local and international competitions. I have been selected for the World Championship, I am so excited.

I want to use the tournament to familiarise myself with the big world competition. I will try to play well and especially to see closely the biggest players in the world that I love, like China’s Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen as well as Romania’s Daniela Dodean.

Safa Saidani, who played in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, is the exemplary path for me. I would like to play in the Olympic Games like her and honour my country with international titles like she has done. It is a good for me to still have Safa Saidani in the Tunisian national team to learn more from her.

In Germany I hope to play well, do my best. It will be my first ever World Championship and undoubtedly, my dream is to become World champion and Olympic champion one day.

I grew up hearing about Nigeria’s Olufunke Oshonaike, Egypt’s Nadeen El-Dawlatly and Dina Meshref, as well as highly respected Tunisian players in Africa like Nesrine Belkahia and Olfa Guenni.

Liebherr 2017 World Championships Fadwa Garci

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