Can Elizabeta Samara Go From Wild Card to Podium?

Romania’s Elizabeta Samara is no stranger to the Women’s World Cup, in fact she has not only competed in the event before, but was also a silver medalist at the Cup in 2012, where she was defeated by China’s Liu Shiwen, a player she could very well have to face again in Markham.


On that occasion she had upset Singapore’s Feng Tianwei and defeated Hong Kong’s Jiang Huajun, Spain’s Shen Yanfei and Viktoria Pavlovich of Belarus. In doing so Samara became the first non-asian player ever to make a Women’s World Cup Final – and remains the only one.

Left handed and with a fiery on-table presence, Eliza Samara is a scrappy, fighting character who wears her passion on her sleeves. Combining athleticism and power along with heavy spin and angles, Samara has remained among Europe and the World’s finest for many years.

On receiving entry to the Cup, Eliza said, “I’m really happy to receive this wild card. I hope I will be in top shape and do one better than my silver medal in 2012!”

The competition will be fierce and potentially even more difficult than in 2012 but we know that Samara, currently ranked 26th in the world as of this month’s ITTF rankings, is a player who will put everything on the line to try and win gold.

Just earlier this year she suffered a major knee injury which put her in surgery and through a long rehabilitation process, but her attitude and character shone through as she soldiered through it and returned to the table. She made waves and came back out to the court in Dusseldorf for the World Table Tennis Championships and then went on to lead her Romanian team to win the European Championships title.


Yes indeed, Eliza Samara is the perfect wild card player because she is an incredible role model for female players all around the world, and a superb player.

Let’s see what she can do in Downtown Markham at the 2017 Uncle Pop Women’s World Cup presented by Polar Naturals!

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