Tin-Tin Ho backed the wrong horse in the World Cup final – but anything she does at the Commonwealth Games will be down to her rather than a name out of the hat.
The Bayswater England table tennis star plucked Argentina from the England team’s sweepstake, and then endured a Messi end as Germany triumphed 1-0.
However, the 15-year-old prodigy made up for her loss by pocketing £600 at the recent prestigious Oil Heritage International at the K2 Centre in Crawley.
She made the quarter-finals of the women’s senior event by beating top Lithuanian, Egle Adomleyte 3-0 (11-9, 11-5, 11-7) but lost out by the same score to former top 50 world-ranked Fangxian Yi from China.
The first game went to an agonisingly close 12-10, before Tin-Tin succumbed 10-6, 10-6.
However, the west Londoner bounced back to take silver in the Women's Band 1 Singles, and net a second £200 before raking in the same sum for winning the U21 women's singles.
The talented teenager covets a team medal in Glasgow, and preferably at least a metal more lustrous than the bronze England won in Delhi four years ago after preparing in her purpose-built basement at home in W3 where she practices with brother Ping, see video.
The competition starts on July 24 Scotstoun Sports Campus in the city's West End.
Historically, Singapore has ping-ponged way ahead of the rest, while India, Australia, England and surprisingly Nigeria have been consistent performers.
GetWestLondon will be following the progress of our competitors with daily updates from Glasgow.