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2022 Classic Hardbat World Championships

(By Larry Hodges) August 5-7, in Missouri City, TX, just outside Houston. It’s time for some serious Hardbat Table Tennis! Y’know, the way the game was played in classic times, by Barna, Vana, Bergmann and Leach, and Americans Miles, Reisman, Schiff and McClure. Then modern table tennis was invented, with sponge and super spins, and […]


(by Steve Hopkins) PongPlanet is a full-time table tennis club with a variety of programs for adults and juniors of all levels. The club is located in San Carlos, California, about half way between San Francisco and San Jose, just off the 101 on the West side of bay. The facility is 9600 square feet with […]

WTT Feeder Otocec: Woojin and Hirano Finish on Top

(by Steve Hopkins) When Xiang Peng, a highly ranked 19 year old Chinese player, defeated China’s 17 year old phenom Lin Shidong, it looked like he might ride his momentum all the way to the title.  But the highest ranked player remaining, had a different idea.  Korea’s Jang Woojin dominated Benedek Olah 4-0 in the […]

WTT Feeder Otocec: Young Chinese Join Top Seeds in Semis

Otocec Slovenia is the host of the WTT Feeder event this week and the top four seeds are already out before the Semifinals even start on Sunday.   If the tournament had gone by seed, Andrej Gacina and Marcos Freitas might have faced off in the Final.  But with Marek Badowski topping Gacina in the Round […]

ITTF Rankings: Fan on Top, Qiu and Lin-Ju Move Up

(by Steve Hopkins) Dang Qiu (World No. 10)is in the World Top 10 for the first time and Lin Yun-Ju jumps up two spots to World No. 6.  The rest of the Top 10 remains stable with Jorgic dropping to No. 8 and Quadri Aruna falling from just out of the top 10 to eleventh. […]

Coaching Tips of the Week: 1% Hesitation = 100% Miss

(By Larry Hodges) In practice, it often seems easy. There’s no pressure, no worries, just you hitting the ball over and over. It’s easy to get into a consistent rhythm. Then you play in a tournament, and while you are perhaps a little nervous, you don’t think it’ll affect you too much. Maybe you’ll hesitate […]

Qiu Wins in Lima

(by Steve Hopkins) If there was any question, Dimitrij Ovtcharov has let the world know that he is fully recovered from injury.  He pulled away in each of the first three games against Dang Qiu winning 11-6, and 11-8, largely using careful play and then dominating with big backhands.  But towards the end of the […]

Lin Yun-Ju and Mima Ito Win in Zagreb

(by Steve Hopkins) Lin Yun-Ju entered the tournament in Zagreb as the fourth seed.  His path became easier when Truls Moregard fell to Patrick Franziska – Lin Yun-Ju was able to beat the No. 12 ranked Fraziska (instead of the No. 5 ranked Moregard).  The biggest story of the tournamnent was Chinese World Junior’s Champ […]

Ovtcharov, Qiu Shine in Lima

(by Steve Hopkins) Saturday morning, Dimitrij Ovtcharov topped Simon Gauzy 3-1 in the Quarterfinals before defeating Anton Kallberg 4-2 in the Semifinals.  As the second seed, Dima’s run was not unexpected.  The unexpected story of the event is the rise of the other Finalist, Dan Qiu also capped off an impressive run winning twice on […]

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