(by Wade Townsend/USATT)
The Magnificent Seven, the Dirty Dozen, and now the Marvellous 12; the China trials for the Liebherr 2017 World Table Tennis Championships are here.
The Marvellous 12 are ready to brace the China trials and find a place on the plane to the Liebherr 2017 World Table Tennis Championships.
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ITTF will be bringing the blockbuster event live from Shenzhen straight to your Facebook feed.
It’s going to be a digital crowd that no stadium could hold. Get your emojis out in full support and hit those like and love buttons.
The first stage of the trials and will feature the Marvellous 12 in a round robin. The last man and woman standing will have a ticket to Dusseldorf.
But there’s a catch. Liu Guoliang is up to his usual tricks and it’s best of three games. No slow starts, no nerves, it’s make or break. Expect surprises.
Five days of high octane table tennis are ahead of us. Jiayou!
Stage one gets underway tomorrow 3rd of March at 19:40 (GMT+8) local time. Look out for the little red Facebook notification to know when we’re going live from Shenzhen.