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2021 World Table Tennis Championships – Day 3 Update

(by Steve Hopkins) The events in Houston have now been narrowed from a field of 128 to the top 16.  Thanksgiving Day was Day 3 of the World Table Tennis Championships and there was action in all five events. In Men’s Singles, Fan Zhendong and Wang Chuqin both pressed forward with 4-0 wins and now […]

World Championships Focus: Lily Zhang

(by Steve Hopkins) Thanksgiving Day had hardly started, and Lily Zhang had yet another reason to give thanks –  a Mixed Doubles win with partner Lin Gaoyuan that launched the pair into the Round of 16.  Zhang and Gaoyuan are one of the two China/USA pairings honoring the 50th Anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy, and […]

2021 World Table Tennis Championships – Day 3 Doubles

(By Amy Karpinski, President of Cape Fear Table Tennis Club/Photo by Tony Murnahan) USA + China = Winning Combination Mixed Doubles The Ping Pong Diplomacy mixed doubles matchups are proving to be a winning combination. USA’s Lily Zhang and China’s Lin Gaoyuan, paired together for the first time, defeated the strong German pair of Dang […]

World Championships Day Final 64 Results: Jha Advances, Harimoto falls

(by Steve Hopkins) Day 2 Highlights: USA’s Kanak Jha dominated Andrej Gacina to win his second match and advance to the Final 32.  Jha was the only American to make the Round of 64.  Jha may benefit from an upset today, as Korea’s Lee Sangsu fell to Belgium’s Martin Allegro – meaning Jha’s next match […]

2021 World Table Tennis Championships – Day 2

(By Amy Karpinski, President of Cape Fear Table Tennis Club/Photo by Tony Murnahan) BREAKING NEWS FROM DAY 2 DOUBLES ACTION Women’s Doubles The big news of today’s doubles action was the young USA Team of the Sung sisters. Joanna and Rachel Sung (ranked 455th in the world) defeated Russia’s Sibel Altinkaya and Ozge Yilmaz 3-2. […]

2021 World Table Tennis Championships – Day 1

(By Amy Karpinski, President of Cape Fear Table Tennis Club/Photo by Tony Murnahan) The first day of the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships sported 128 players in both the men’s and women’s single events. While many of the matches ended as expected, there were still plenty of upsets. Men’s Singles The top eight players had […]

World Championships Opening Day Update: Kanak Jha and Three US Women Advance

(by Steve Hopkins) The opening day in Houston saw Round of 128 action in both Men’s and Women’s Singles. In Men’s Singles, Kanak Jha was the lone US player to advance (Nikhil Kumar fell 3-4 to Monteiro, and Kai Zhang fell 0-4 to Alto).  Jha topped  Korea’s World No. 43 An Jaehyun in a tight […]

Coaching Tip of the Week – How to Fix a Weakness in Your Game

(By Larry Hodges) Do you have weaknesses in your game, ones that often cost you a match? Of course you do! Everyone does, since weaknesses are relative to your level, and so the weakest parts of your game are the weaknesses in your game. (If you improve a weakness to the point where it is […]

World Championships Houston: The Draw

(by Steve Hopkins) In a ceremony today in Houston, officials pulled names to set up the draw for the World Championships.  Fan Zhendong is the top seed in Men’s Singles, and he should have smooth sailing to the Round of 16.  However, from that point forward, things get interesting – Wang Chuqin could be on […]

WAB Club Feature: Gold Coast Table Tennis Club

(by Steve Hopkins) With their location on Main Street in Port Washington, the Gold Coast Table Tennis Club is easily accessible to Long Island, Queens, and the Bronx in New York.  The club is just a block from the Port Washington LIRR rail station, and easily accessible by other public transportation.   The club is 3500 […]

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