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  1. Truls Moregard, the name now etched indelibly

    by Ian Marshall, Editor One year ago at the final hurdle, he beat Meng Fanbo in a full distance contest (4-11, 11-2, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 13-15, 11-5), this year he overcame another German to seal the title but without the need for a seventh game. He accounted for Kay Stumper, the no.3 seed, in five […]

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  2. Japan in control, all three steps of the podium reserved

    by Ian Marshall, Editor After, at the quarter-final stage beating Darya Kisel of Belarus, the no.4 seed (11-2, 11-7, 11-9, 11-2) and Sakura Yokoi, who had been required to compete in the qualification group stage (13-15, 12-10, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8), Kaho Akae maintained her form. She overcame Yukari Sugasawa, the no.3 seed, (11-8, 6-11, 11-7, […]

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  3. Guaynabo disappointment but Lily Zhang focusing on positives

    by Simon Daish Negotiating groups stage fixtures against Chile’s Judith Morales and Guatemala’s Mabelyn Enriquez with little difficulty all appeared to be going according to plan for Lily Zhang but awaiting the USA star in the last eight was a much tougher challenge with top seed Zhang Mo providing the opposition. Fighting back from a 1-3 […]

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  4. Outstanding in both disciplines, Dr. Peter von Pierer passes away

    by Deutscher Tischtennis-Bund (translated by Ebby Schöler) Born in Vienna 0n Monday 17th March 1930, Peter settled down in Bavaria; he engaged himself as member of the DTTB Presidency and at the same time as team captain of the DTB. Between 1975 and 1981 he was a sport official and later, until 1985, Vice-President of […]

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  5. January Pongcast: New year, new season

    by Simon Daish Leading the headlines for January was the Seamaster 2019 Hungarian Open as the new ITTF World Tour season kicked off in the capital city of Budapest. An event featuring plenty of drama from start to finish, China emerged with both singles titles: Chen Meng took home an impressive 13th Women’s Singles trophy […]

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  6. Ma Long withdraws from Marvellous 12

    by Simon Daish Included on the list of entries for stage two of the Marvellous 12 competition but Ma Long won’t contest China’s internal qualification tournament as he aims to improve his recovery chances ahead of the all-important Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships in April. Ma Long hasn’t been involved in singles action […]

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  7. Melissa Tapper named Victorian Female Athlete of the Year

    by Ian Marshall, Editor Success in the Gold Coast, immediately following it was a flight to Halmstad to compete in the Liebherr 2018 World Team Championships for the player who just under two years earlier had represented Australia at both the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and then the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games; the task now […]

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  8. Invitation to umpire at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

    by Ian Marshall, Editor A national association may submit a maximum of two nominations of whom one must be female. It is an open invitation, thus many umpires nominated may not be selected. Selection will be based on past performance (the number of Meets with a minimum of 80 per cent ratio of Meets in […]

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  9. Stronger from defeat, Semen Shevnin and Fabio Rakotoarimanana cause opening day shocks

    by Ian Marshall, Editor Somewhat as expected Semen Shevin was beaten by Sweden’s Jonathan Thimon, the highest rated player in the group (11-9, 3-11, 11-4, 11-7). Rather surprisingly, Fabio Rakotoarimanana, the favourite for top spot, suffered in straight games against Sergey Ryzhov, like Semen Shevin from Russia (11-9, 11-9, 12-10). Direct entries to the second […]

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  10. Ami Shirayama again impressive as Russians progress in numbers

    by Ian Marshall, Editor Imposing from Ami Shirayama; however if there was one nation to attract the attention it was Russia; Svetlana Dmitrenko, Karina Korzunova and Alina Zavarykina all secured first places in their respective groups contrary to expectations, before recording opening round wins. Determination evident, Svetlana Dmitrenko and Alina Zavarykina both damped the aspirations […]

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