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  1. Preview Day Six: New heights and first trophy up for grabs

    by Simon Daish Join the action from 10.00am local time as Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen face off in the first women’s singles semi-final encounter. A repeat of the 2015 final – on that occasion the “Queen of Hearts” came out on top in a full distance affair but who will take the plaudits this […]

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  2. 5 Things we learnt from Day Five in Budapest

    by Simon Daish Spain and Portugal will be added to history books Two new countries will be added to the list of World Championships medal winners with Spain and Portugal guaranteeing their places on the men’s doubles podium. Spanish competitor Alvaro Robles and Romanian partner Ovidiu Ionescu ran out 4-0 winners in their encounter against […]

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  3. Timo Boll withdraws from World Championships

    ITTF Germany’s Timo Boll, the no.5 seed withdrew from the men’s singles event on the morning of Thursday 25th April It had been hoped he would be well enough to partner Patrick Franziska in the men’s doubles. Unfortunately that was not to prove possible; the outcome was that in the men’s singles event, Korea Republic’s […]

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  4. Updates from Budapest: Day Five

    Defending champions reach final Mixed Doubles: Semi-Final Defending champions Japan’s Maharu Yoshimura and Kasumi Ishikawa, the no.2 seeds, beat Germany’s Patrick Franziska and Petrissa Solja, the no.12 seeds (11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6) to book their place in the mixed doubles final. In the title deciding contest they meet China’s Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen, […]

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  5. Shocked. Stunned. Speechless. History is made on Day 4 at the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships!

    ONE OF THE ALL-TIME GREAT UPSETS Day 4 revealed one of the major shocks in recent World Table Tennis Championships history, as world no. 34 Simon GAUZY (FRA) produced an outstanding performance to stun world no. 2 XU Xin (CHN), winning in six games (11-8, 6-11, 11-13, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9). The swashbuckling style of both […]

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  6. Preview Day Five: Further drama awaits as tensions rise

    by Simon Daish The day begins with the last 16 of the men’s singles tournament and we’ve got some absolute cracking matches on the way. At 10.00am local time Fan Zhendong will face his toughest challenger so far in Budapest as fellow compatriot Liang Jingkun awaits on table 1. The latter player was on the […]

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  7. 5 Things we learnt from Day Four in Budapest

    by Simon Daish China won’t lockout final For the first time in 16 years the World Championships men’s singles final won’t be an all-Chinese contest after second seed Xu Xin suffered a shock round three elimination. In a thrilling match filled with twists and turns at every corner it was Frenchman Simon Gauzy who emerged […]

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  8. ITTF Foundation aiming at setting examples

    by Wiebke Scheffler, ITTF Foundation – Head of Operations Leandro Olvech, ITTF Foundation Director, presented six programmes, selected as prime examples to develop the sport in the best interests of mankind. “We will launch multiple projects but in the long term but we do not see ourselves just as a factory of projects. We want […]

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  9. Budapest, a learning field for Indian teenager

    by Olalekan Okusan, ITTF-Africa Press Officer After winning the boys’ singles title at the 2018 Australian Junior and Cadet Open, since that time Manav Vikash Thakkar has become an integral member of the Indian team. “I now realise that playing at top level is a bit more difficult than being a junior player. It is […]

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  10. Education at the heart

    Dora Jeler, High Performance and Development Operations Manager The workshop commenced with a welcome by Thomas Weikert, ITTF President, who then passed the floor to Ryu Seungmin. In his keynote speech on the “Secrets behind a successful Dual Career”, he shared his own journey from athlete to current IOC member. Speaking about training as a […]

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