26 Oct 2017

Huangshi, located in China’s Hubei province, welcomed 16 of the world’s strongest female table tennis stars to compete at the 2012 Women’s World Cup including Matilda Ekholm. Finishing bottom of her group the Swedish representative suffered an early exit on what was her sole outing at the tournament.

Fast-forward five years and the now 35-year-old competitor is returning to the stage for the Uncle Pop 2017 ITTF Women's World Cup presented by Polar Naturals which gets underway in Markham, Canada on Friday 27th October.

by Simon Daish

Initially there was a place reserved at the World Cup for Petrissa Solja, who achieved a silver medal finish at the 2017 Europe Top-16 Cup in February, but injury problems have forced the German player to withdraw from the event.

Matilda Ekholm, who secured seventh position at the Europe Top-16 Cup, has been chosen as the substitute player to replace Petrissa Solja for the upcoming tournament in Markham.

“My seventh place finish at the Europe Top-16 was a very good result, so I’m not completely misplaced this time”, Matilda Ekholm.

Since Ekholm’s previous outing at the competition the Women’s World Cup has expanded its player roster from 16 to 20, with the group stage featuring four equal groups of three players.

Seeded 13th for the event Ekholm is not only hoping to negotiate the group stage but would also like to be in the hunt for a top eight finish.

The Swedish star won’t have long to recover following the conclusion of World Cup, jetting off to Malaysia for Round 6 of the T2 Asia-Pacific League which is scheduled to take place from Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th November.

“The goal is to reach the quarter-finals. It’s fun to get involved in this prestigious event and the first time I compete in North America. It will be exciting with the time change from Europe to America to Asia over the course of six days”, Matilda Ekholm.

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