When my dad was notified that ITTF would be holding bubble events and that my sister was one of the participants, we were very happy. Good news in times when fear and uncertainty reign – this made us smile. That night before going to sleep, I was able to feel something that I hadn’t felt for months – hope.
Preparations began to go to the bubble where I would go as a sparring partner of my sister Adriana. When we began to see all the requirements, we worried a little because any detail could alter everything. The day before we went to China, we still didn’t have our visas. We decided to try our luck. We took the first flight to Miami with our driver’s licenses, hoping that by the time we arrived, the visas would be ready and we could meet with the person in charge of them at the airport. Luckily for us, this risky plan worked out and with our visas finally in hand, we embarked on the rest of our trip to China.
When we first arrived in Shanghai, we were quarantined for 3 days. After 2 negative tests (one at the airport and one at the hotel), we took a 13-hour bus ride to Weihai. There, we stayed for 3 more days without leaving the room. Upon completing those 3 days, we were strictly only allowed out to train with our respective group (Adriana, Mo Zhang, Lily Zhang, and I formed group #1.)