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  1. Dramatic end, honour for Japan, gold for China

    by Ian Marshall, Editor Beaten in the Men’s Singles final by Wang Chuqin (11-9, 5-11, 11-1, 13-11, 11-9), there was revenge for Tomokazu Harimoto; after Miu Hirano had come within a whisker of overcoming Sun Yingsha in the fourth game of the opening engagement (11-4, 7-11, 7-11, 15-13, 11-1), Tomokazu Harimoto accounted for Wang Chuqin […]

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  2. World champion in Beijing, Georgeta Pitica passes away

    by Ian Marshall, Editor The peak of her career was in the early 1960s, an era when the formula for the Women’s Team event was four singles and one doubles, two players per team but often a third being introduced for the doubles. At the 1961 World Championships in Beijing, partnering Maria Alexandru, Georgeta Pitica […]

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  3. World Veteran Championships come of age, six bids received

    by Ian Marshall, ITTF Editor Well, the decision will be made next year at the 2019 World Championships to be staged in Budapest from Sunday 21st to Sunday 28th April, during that period of time the Annual General Meeting of the Swaythling Club will be held. Furthermore, there is no shortage of applicants and very […]

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  4. Appropriate setting, the Buenos Aires-Tokyo project officially launched

    by Romina Concha Sepulveda, ITTF Foundation Consultant Appropriately, the venue chosen was the Japanese Gardens, a symbol of the friendship between Argentina and Japan, an understanding which commenced with migration some 120 years ago. Many dignitaries graced the occasion. Notably present was Thomas Weikert, both ITTF President and ITTF Foundation President; he attended alongside Li […]

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  5. Advantage extended, Polish outfit delivers crushing display

    by Simon Daish Panagiotis Gionis put the team ahead following a four games triumph over Darko Jorgic (11-7, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9) before impressive outings from Marek Badowski and Pavel Sirucek against Patrick Franziska (7-11, 11-6, 12-10, 5-11, 11-5) and Liao Cheng-Ting (9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-7) guaranteed the two points for the hosts. The other Group […]

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  6. Truls Moregard beats Tomokazu Harimoto but favourites reach final

    by Ian Marshall, Editor Star of the show was without doubt Sweden’s Truls Moregard; after Sabina Surjan had given a most spirited display against the quick-fire machine gun like attacking skills of Miu Hirano, losing in four games (6-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-6), the Swedish teenager responded to give Europe more than a ray of hope. […]

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  7. Contrasting fortunes for Linz teams as continental journey gets underway

    by Simon Daish Setting the early pace in Group C, Linz AG Froschberg ran out as comfortable 3-0 winners at home to tournament newcomers Sporting Clube de Portugal. Making a statement on intent early on in the match, Linz struck first with Sofia Polcanova’s straight games victory over Daniela Monteiro Dodean (11-8, 11-2, 11-8) before […]

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  8. Authority asserted, top four seeds reach semi-finals

    by Ian Marshall, Editor However, for Sweden’s Truls Moregard in partnership with Serbia’s Sabina Surjan, the no.3 seeds, there were exacting moments, when facing the combination of Moldova’s Vladislav Ursu and Slovenia’s Aleksandra Vovk, the no.24 seeds. After Sabina Surjan had beaten Aleksandra Vovk (11-4, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8), Truls Moregard lost the opening two games […]

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  9. A chance to play an Olympic champion, local children respond, Ryu Seungmin tested

    by Romina Concha Sepuldeva, ITTF Foundation Consultant Both received a warm welcome from the children who are part of the Buenos Aires-Tokyo project, an initiative to promote table tennis at grass roots level and give young people a meaningful leisure activity. They watched a series of exhibition matches in which, in addition to Ryu Seungmin […]

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  10. German help, a major boost for Djibouti

    by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF Africa Press Officer It was an opportunity for the coaches to increase their knowledge, up-to-date techniques were explained with the use of multi-ball high on the agenda; for the players it was a major opportunity to improve their skills and try new ideas. “The project involved Djibouti national players of different […]

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