Edward’s recent win in the tournament has left him feeling elated and grateful for his performance. Initially stepping in as a replacement for Eugene Wang, he had modest expectations, aiming to win at least one match. However, his first unexpected 4-0 victory propelled him to secure the title and qualify for the World Cup, exceeding his own aspirations.
Reflecting on the first day of the tournament, Edward admits that he did not anticipate such a remarkable outcome. While he hoped to play some competitive matches, the idea of defeating every player in the tournament never crossed his mind.Preparation for the event involved a trip to Chengdu for the World Cup, followed by a brief break due to injury and a short vacation. Edward’s hard work and dedication lead him to his triumphant performance.
Congratulations on your win! How do you feel about your performance?
Thank you! I feel incredibly happy about my performance. To be honest, I didn’t expect to win the title. I came into the tournament as a replacement for Eugene Wang and my initial goal was to win at least one match. But after winning the first one, I gained more confidence and wanted to do well in the second match. The 4-0 win was completely unexpected and it also meant that I qualified for the World Cup. I had small motivations for each round, and in the final, my ultimate goal was to win the Cup.
Did you anticipate this outcome when you started the first day of the tournament?
Absolutely not. On the first day, I didn’t think I could win the entire tournament. I thought I might be able to play some close matches, but winning against each player in the tournament never crossed my mind.
How did you prepare for this event?
I went to Chengdu for the Mixed World Cup, which helped me gain valuable experience. After that, I took a break of about 2-2.5 weeks due to an injury and also enjoyed a small vacation. I started my preparations early this year and trained in China. All the hard work I put in paid off in the end.
Looking ahead, Edward is focused on the upcoming World Championships. Currently back in Montreal, he plans to prioritize recovery and undergo necessary treatments. Physical preparation will be crucial for the World Championships, considering the demanding schedule of subsequent events.
What’s next for you? How do you plan to prepare for the World Championships?
Now that I’m back in Montreal, my immediate focus is on recovery. I’ll undergo some small treatments to ensure I’m in the best physical condition for the World Championships. Since there will be a lot of events right after, it’s crucial for me to recover properly.
Being ranked as the 37th best player in the world holds immense significance for Edward. He expresses his astonishment and joy at achieving a Top 50 ranking, a feat he never imagined possible. The past two years of relentless effort and perseverance have finally shown success, and he intends to seize the opportunities that come with this success.
Being ranked as the 37th best player in the world is quite an achievement. What does it mean to you?
It’s truly unbelievable to be considered one of the top 50 players in the world. I would have never imagined this level of success. It didn’t seem possible to me, but now I’m extremely happy. All the hard work I’ve put in over the past two years is finally paying off. I’m determined to take advantage of this success and make the most of the opportunities that come my way.
As Edward sets his sights on the World Championships in Busan, Korea, we extend our best wishes to him and Team Canada. May their journey be filled with success and memorable achievements.