DEFENDING Suva Table Tennis Men's Singles champion Christopher Lal is confident of retaining his title this weekend.
But he knows he will face stiff competition from last year's finalist Zheng Beiyan and Young Jun Park.
Yet he goes into the tournament brimming with confidence and optimistic faith.
"I am very confident. I have been training consistently and am looking forward to the tournament," Lal said.
"It will be tough knowing I have some good opponents but I have faith in myself."
He said the pain of losing in the final last year would motivate Beiyan to come more determined this time.
"He will be looking to redeem himself after losing to me in the final last year.
"Revenge is a good motivating and driving factor and that makes him a worthy opponent."
But Lal is equally aware of the force in the form of Park.
"He has just returned from HPU training in Austria and from the World Cadet Challenge in Slovenia.
"That gives him good momentum and a good advantage of better match experiences so close to the tournament."
Others who could cause upsets in the Zhong Da and Sign Wave Fiji-sponsored event are Xavier College students Diego Ranuku and Josh Patel from Ba.
Competition starts at 8am at Garden City in Raiwai and would conclude on Sunday.