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  1. Cancun chronicle: Brazilian girls shine on opening day

    by Ian Marshall, Editor Three groups in the opening phase of the girls’ team event, it was first place without defeat for the respective top two seeds. The United States (Crystal Wang, Amy Wang, Rachel Sung, Rachel Yang) the top seeds, secured first place in their group as did Canada, the no.3 seeds (Ivy Liao, […]

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  2. Gold in Baku, round four exit for Dimitrij Ovtcharov

    by Ian Marshall, Editor Defeat for Dimitrij Ovtcharov means that only three of the top eight seeds booked quarter-final places and that number will be reduced even more when the semi-finalists are decided. In the round of the last eight, Germany’s Timo Boll, the top seed, meets the host nation’s Vladimir Samsonov, the no.5 seed; […]

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  3. Elation in Daejeon, Zhu Yuling hungry for more in Busan

    by Simon Daish Accounting for the host nation’s Suh Hyowon and Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa in impressive style, Zhu Yuling added a five games victory over top seed and fellow Chinese colleague Chen Meng to strike gold last year in Daejeon earning her fifth singles trophy on the ITTF World Tour stage in the process. However, […]

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  4. Tense times, top three seeds fall in round four

    by Ian Marshall, Editor Romania’s Bernadette Szocs, the top seed experienced defeat at the hands of Luxembourg’s 56 year old Ni Xia Lian (11-7, 11-8, 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7), a player who has a distinct liking for Tokyo. It was in that city in 1983, some 12 years before Bernadette Szocs was born, when […]

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  5. Seeking one step higher, Sharon Alguetti and Amy Wang

    by Ian Marshall, Editor In the Dominican Republic, Sharon Alguetti was beaten at the final hurdle by colleague Kanak Jha (11-7, 11-7, 12-10, 11-6), Amy Wang suffered at the hands of Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz (9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 11-5, 7-11, 13-11), a contest in which she held match point in the deciding game. Both […]

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  6. Hopes Selection Camp marks beginning of Hopes 2.0 pathway

    by Dora Jeler, High Performance & Development Operations Manager Six girls and six boys along with their coaches participated in the week-long training camp, which featured two table tennis sessions per day, delivered in close cooperation with the CTTC’s coaches and players, including regular fitness and warm-up sessions led by Zhen Chaoying. During this week of […]

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  7. Pressure mounts in Minsk, shocks abound

    by Ian Marshall, Editor Direct entries to the third round for the top 16 names; Mattias Falck was the biggest name to fall in a tournament that is very different to all others, the pressure is immense, a place for the top three names in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is the reward. Mattias Falck […]

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  8. 2019 World Championships: Budapest revisited

    by Simon Daish The Dragon strikes for a third time Winner in 2015 and 2017, Ma Long ‘The Dragon’ secured an astonishing third men’s singles title on the World Championships stage in Budapest following a dazzling campaign from the Chinese legend. Starting his journey with back-to-back victories over Aleksandar Karakasevic and Kanak Jha, Ma Long […]

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  9. Returning from injury, again Kou Lei upsets the order

    by Ian Marshall, Editor Presently Kou Lei is listed at no.88 on the men’s world rankings; Ovidiu Ionescu is named at no. 50. However that is not salient factor; Kou Lei has been sidelined in recent times suffering from tennis elbow; his best result in the past 18 months being a quarter-final finish at the […]

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  10. Shenzhen ready, Zhou Jianguo savouring the occasion

    by Ian Marshall, Editor Born in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, the home of the Qoros 2015 World Championships; by profession Zhou Jianguo is real estate manager, notably in 2012 he was involved in a 4.5 billion yuan project. Successful but the lure of table tennis was too great. “There is a popular saying in China; “the […]

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