Anna Hursey has taken the silver medal at the WTT Feeder event in Doha, Qatar in her first senior final on the world tour. In the final Hursey came up against an inform Joan Zeng of Singapore (World Ranked 62) who continued that good form to take the final 3-0.
While the final wasn’t the result Hursey wanted she can hold her head high after beating 3 players ranked in to top 100 in the world and 4 players higher ranked than her.
The route to the final started with a win over Yoo (KOR) 3-0 in the last 64 followed by victory over world number 56 Liu (TPE) 3-2 in the last 32. The last 16 saw Hursey beat world number 99 Lutz (FRA) 3-2 before beating world number 116 Ng (HKG) 3-2 in the quarter final.
The semi final saw a tight encounter with world number 52 Zhu (HKG) with Hursey booking her place in the final with a 3-2 win.
Hursey’s fantastic result comes on the back of a period of training in China and a block of senior and junior WTT events.
Hursey’s first event of the run was the WTT Star Contender in Lanzhou China, where Hursey reached the last 64 before losing out to world number 57 Li (TPE) 3-1. Also at this event Hursey joined up with Englands Liam Pitchford in the mixed doubles which saw the pair reach the quarter final but were stopped by China’s Kuai & Lin with them taking the match 3-2.
After Lanzhou Hursey headed to Mustcat in Oman for the WTT Contender event which saw her narrowly loose out in the qualifying rounds against Mukherjee (IND) 3-2. Again the pair of Hursey and Pitchford (ENG) partnered in the mixed doubles, this time saw them reach the last 16 before loosing out to Pang & Wong of Singapore 3-1. In the woman’s doubles Hursey partnered with Jee of Australia. The pair reached the quarter final where Huang & Chen (TPE) took to match 3-1.
Later that day Hursey flew Doha ready to start the WTT Youth Star Contender which saw her competing in the U19 girls event. Hursey finished runner up in her group before recovering to beat Wang (CHN) 3-2 in the last 16. The quarter final saw Hursey pull through 3-2 against Guo Zheng of France before Ghorpade (IND) stopped the run in the semi final taking the match 3-0.
Following this run of events, which concluded in the fantastic results in Qatar, Hursey turns her attention to preparing for the ITTF World Youth Championships in Slovenia at the end of November.