Lui Shiwen Wins in Tokyo, Third Runners Up Spot for Ding Ning
Site Products
Lui Shiwen Wins in Tokyo Photo courtesy of ITTF / by: Hideyuki Imai Studio Aupa

Lui Shiwen Wins in Tokyo, Third Runners Up Spot for Ding Ning

Lui Shiwen Wins in Tokyo, Third Runners Up Spot for Ding Ning

Runner up in Kuwait earlier in the year in March when beaten by colleague, Li Xiaoxia, the same fate the following week in Qatar when losing to a second compatriot in the guise of Liu Shiwen; in Tokyo on Sunday June 19th at the 2016 ITTF World Tour Laox Japan Open, it was the same fate for Ding Ning, the reigning World champion.

Once again, Liu Shiwen proved to be her nemesis.

Occupying the top seeded position in the competition, Liu Shiwen accounted for Ding Ning, the no.2 seed, in six games (17-19, 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7).

Appreciate Support
“I am very happy to be the champion, it is always tough to defeat Ding Ning, so every time I am able to so I am very proud”, said Liu Shiwen. “Every time I play in Japan the atmosphere is very good for us; l the players appreciate all the support in Japan.”

Successful in Tokyo, everyone ese, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is very much at the forefront of the mind.

Looking Forward to Playing Japan
“In Rio, I am not playing in the singles event but I will do my best to contribute in the team event and help China win the gold medal”, added Liu Shiwen. “I am looking forward to playing against the Japanese team in Rio, we have played many times; the three Japanese players are very high level, each of them is different, we will formulate a plan for all of them.”

In Rio de Janeiro, Japan will be represented by Kasumi Ishikawa, Ai Fukuhara and Mima Ito in the Women’s Team event.

“Ding Ning and I always encourage and cheer up each other”, continued Liu Shiwen. “We started table tennis when we were small, we learn from each other, we are very good friends and very good rivals; when the time comes to retire we will miss each other!”

Pleased with Performance
A positive response from Liu Shiwen; it was very much the same from Ding Ning.

“Overall I played well here in Japan, the final was a fantastic match, I am glad we put on a good show for all the Japanese fans”, said Ding Ning. “Hopefully next week in Korea I can reverse the result and become the champion.”

Previous Meetings
Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning have now met on no less than 21 occasions on the international scene; the advantage is notably in favor of Liu Shiwen, she had won 14 of the contests.

However, in what could be argued to be their most important meetings of all, the verdict has gone the way of Ding Ning; results that were to eventually result in the top step of the podium being secured and a supreme accolade gained.

Rotterdam and Suzhou
Ding Ning beat Liu Shiwen at the semi-final stage of the Women’s Singles event at the GAC Group 2011 World Championships in Rotterdam before overcoming colleague Li Xiaoxia to arrest the title.

More recently, at the Qoros 2015 World Championships, in a memorable contest, Ding Ning after suffering an ankle injury early in the seventh game in the final in Suzhou eventual overcame Liu Shiwen to regain her title.

ITTF World Tour
Conversely, on the ITTF World Tour Liu Shiwen has now won 10 of their 15 meetings plus two wins at the Grand Finals.

She beat Ding Ning in London in 2011 and at the 2013 Grand Finals staged in Dubai in January 2014.

It was for Liu Shiwen her 26th appearance in an ITTF World Tour Women’s Singles final, her 14th success; for Ding Ning in her 23rd such contest it was her 13th defeat.

Notably it was the 148th time the China has provided the Women’s Singles winner on the ITTF World Tour, the 110th time the final has been an all Chinese contest.

2016 Japan Open Highlights: Liu Shiwen vs Ding Ning (Final)

Latest News

The Amount Of Perseverance & Hard Work That Goes Into Table Tennis…

June 29, 2022
(By: Shivkumar Jha) Table Tennis. Also known as ping pong to the lay people. I recall as a child… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips With Shigang Yang – Looping Half – Long Push

June 28, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports) In this Butterfly Training Tips Shigang Yang he is focusing on his student looping a… Read More


June 28, 2022
(By: Vlad Farcas) Saturday June 25th, the National Team Trials started in Fort Worth, TX at the Texas… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips With Anav Gupta – Forehand & Backhand Loop Stroke Management

June 28, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports) In this Butterfly Training Tips with Anav Gupta is focusing on Forehand Backhand Stroke Management.… Read More

Steven Moreno First In The World For 25 Consecutive Weeks In The U-13 Category Of The International Table Tennis Federation

June 27, 2022
Congratulations STEVEN MORENO for been 25 consecutive weeks in the U-13 Category of the International Table Tennis Federation… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips With Yu Di – Backhand Loop Training

June 27, 2022
In this Butterfly Training Tips Yu Di is focusing on Backhand Loop Training. Yu Di, is a coach… Read More

Coaching Tips of the Week: What Is the Playing Style You Are Trying to Develop?

June 27, 2022
(By Larry Hodges) If you don’t know where you are going, it’s tough to get there. This is… Read More

2022 Classic Hardbat World Championships

June 27, 2022
(By Larry Hodges) August 5-7, in Missouri City, TX, just outside Houston. It’s time for some serious Hardbat… Read More
View All News

Get the latest from Butterfly

Stay “In The Loop” with Butterfly professional table tennis equipment, table tennis news, table tennis technology, tournament results, and We Are Butterfly players, coaches, clubs and more.