by Simon Daish
Hungarian star Georgina Pota, who recently celebrated her 33rd birthday, has just returned from a well-earned rest which included a sunny one-week retreat to Dubai.
“It was amazing. We were in Dubai for one week. We had already been there two years ago. I really enjoyed it. The weather was good. I like going from winter to summer. I had a tough year, lots of travelling. I think it is very important to find time for a rest especially for the head… Normally in Hungary, we have three to four weeks of rest in a row in the summer.” Georgina Pota.
Pota is now back in her home country ahead of the first ITTF World Tour event of 2018. Last year in Budapest Pota exited at the quarter-finals stage of the Women’s Singles draw to China’s Li Jiayi, a goal she will be looking to match or surpass this time out as the seventh seeded player.
However, while the upcoming tournament in Budapest presents Pota with a chance to impress in front of her home fans the Hungarian’s main goal for the year ahead is to bring home some silverware from the 2018 European Championships, set to take place in the Spanish port city of Alicante from Tuesday 18th to Sunday 23rd September.
“I am going to play at the Hungarian Open. As always, it will be difficult to play at home… My dream is to win a medal at the European Championships in the singles category. I have been in the last eight on five occasions.” Georgina Pota.
Following the conclusion of the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open, Pota’s next appearance on the international stage will come at the China Construction Bank 2018 ITTF Europe Top 16 Cup competition in Montreux, Switzerland where she will aim for a spot on the podium.
“I have had little time for practice. I don’t have any free weekends leading up to the Top-16… My aim is to win a medal. If I play well, I can do it. It is possible but not easy.” Georgina Pota.