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2021 World Table Tennis Championships: Champions Named in Houston

(by Steve Hopkins) The World Table Tennis Championships has now concluded.  A great event and a true positive for Houston (and the USA) as host. Fan Zhendong was the clear favorite and he didn’t disappoint.  4-0, 4-0, 4-2, 4-1, 4-1, and 4-0 is a dominant performance for any event.  Fan also topped three teammates (Wang […]

Coaching Tip of the week: How to Get Lucky

(By Larry Hodges) Few things are more frustrating than losing a match because the other guy got a bunch of “lucky” nets and edges. And yes, each of those nets and edges were lucky – individually. But in the long run, certain styles or tactics lead to such “luck.” So, how can you get lucky? […]

2021 World Table Tennis Championships: Day 6 Update

(by Steve Hopkins) The penultimate day has come to an end, and all that is left of the World Table Tennis Championships is four Finals which will begin on Monday at 1p local time.  Here is the Day 6 Update: Fan Zhendong continued to live up to his billing as the tournament’s top seed (and […]

WAB CLUB FEATURE: Alameda Ping Pong Gym

(by Steve Hopkins) The Alameda Ping Pong Gym is a new club in the Bay Area.  It offers 10 tables and lots of space with newly-renovated lighting and flooring.. With its location on Lincoln Avenue, the Alameda Ping Pong Gym is conveniently located for players on the East side of San Francisco Bay.  Alameda is […]

2021 World Table Tennis Championships – Day 5 Update

(by Steve Hopkins) The World Table Tennis Championships  (livestream) has now progressed to the Semifinals in all five events.  There was a lot of great action today in the Quarterfinals.  Here is the Day 5 Update: Kanak Jha’s great run ended today.  He played brilliantly throughout the tournament — perhaps the best tournament of his […]

2021 World Table Tennis Championships – Day 5 Doubles

(By Amy Karpinski, President of Cape Fear Table Tennis Club/Photo by Tony Murnahan) Semi-Finals Pairings Finalized! Pair of USA’s Lily Zhang/China’s Lin Gaoyuan Advance!!! Mixed Doubles The most exciting news of the morning for US fans is that the ping pong diplomacy team of USA’s Lily Zhang and China’s Lin Gaoyuan continue to cruise their […]

World Championships Focus: Kanak Jha

(by Steve Hopkins) When was the last time that Timo Boll, one of the world’s most popular players, faced a crowd dominated by cheers for his opponent.  That was the case today in Houston as USA’s Kanak Jha.  Boll, currently World No. 11, has consistently been one of the top players in the World, and […]

2021 World Table Tennis Championships – Day 4 Update

(by Steve Hopkins) Wow.  Just freaking WOW. If you aren’t watching the World Table Tennis Championships, you should tune in to the livestream and catch the action on Saturday.  Here’s what you missed today: USA’s Kanak Jha is through to the Final 16.  Jha faced off against a very tough defensive player, Germany’s Ruwen Filus, […]

2021 World Table Tennis Championships- Day 4 – Doubles Round of 16

(By Amy Karpinski, President of Cape Fear Table Tennis Club/Photo by Tony Murnahan) Doubles Quarterfinals Cemented! Mixed Doubles Taipei’s powerful team of Cheng I-Ching/Lin Yun-Ju crushed Singapore’s team of Pang Yew En Koan/Lin Ye. Cheng/Lin defeated the young team from Singapore 3-0 and will face the tough Hong Kong team of Ho Kwan Kit/Lee Ho […]

LATTA Black Friday Giant Round Robin Nov. 26 & LATTA Butterfly Open Dec. 4! Register now!

Big Congrats to our Champions from LATTA Open Nov. 20, 2021!!! Picture at bottom right corner: Trophy awarded at next LATTA Butterfly Open, Dec. 4 Big Congrats to our Champions from LATTA Butterfly Open Oct.30, 2021!!! Hello Table Tennis Enthusiasts, Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  I’m very thankful to you all for playing at LATTA.  The support […]

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