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Legends of the Liebherr 2017 World Championships

(by Wade Townsend) They came, they saw, they conquered. Let’s step back in time and see how legends were made in Düsseldorf. Do you find there is a void in your life since the Liebherr 2017 World Table Tennis Championships came to its conclusion? When you’re feeling a little low, do you ever think about […]

A new status for once ever present event

(by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor) Mixed Doubles in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, quite simply “hats off” to all who made it possible; not only is it an extra medal for table tennis, it gives the event a new status. Many moons ago when the International Table Tennis Federation did not have the maximum […]

Ma Long retains title, most dramatic final ever?

(by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor) Defending champion, Ma Long repeated the success experienced two years earlier in Suzhou when, on the afternoon of Monday 5th June, he won the Men’s Singles title at the Liebherr 2017 World Championships in Düsseldorf. The top seed, he beat Chinese national team colleague, Fan Zhendong, the no.2 seed, […]

Life of a player in Düsseldorf

Life of a player in Düsseldorf (By Neha Aggarwal) Life of a player in Düsseldorf You see them on court in action, but what do the players do before a match?We take you through the journey of the athletes here in Düsseldorf, as they prepare for the biggest battles of their lives. Live the life of […]

Cruising in to the last 16

(by Wade Townsend) The last 32 of the Men’s Singles kicked off with the victors emerging with barely a scratch. Timo Boll kept the German fans entertained with a 4-1 victory over Jang Woojin (KOR).  The crowds were enthralled as the hometown hero was in cruise control the entire match. Lubomir Pistej (SVK) could be […]

Victorious day for Lily Zhang

(By Neha Aggarwal) USA’s Lily Zhang caused one of the biggest upsets on the third day of the Liebherr 2017 World Championships knocking down Germany’s Sabina Winter in the Women’s Singles round of 64. Moreover, she also made it to the round of 16 in the Women’s Doubles partnering Olympian Wu Yue. Lily Zhang stunned […]

Chinese Table Tennis Association suspends Kong Linghui

Chinese Table Tennis Association suspends Kong Linghui (by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor) Chinese Table Tennis Association suspends Kong Linghui Winner of all the major titles the sport has to offer, currently the head coach of the Chinese Women’s Team; Kong Linghui has been sent home from the current Liebherr World Championships which commenced on […]

Major contender: Jun Mizutani set for mighty title effort in Düsseldorf

Jun Mizutani set for mighty title effort in Düsseldorf (by Simon Daish) Jun Mizutani set for mighty title effort in Düsseldorf Less than a week to wait before the German city of Düsseldorf hosts one of the biggest sporting events of the year, as the Liebherr 2017 World Championships commence on Monday 29th May; one […]

Major contender: Zhang Jike ready to prove doubters wrong

(by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor) Two years ago when we met in the Chinese city of Suzhou for the Qoros 2015 World Championships, Zhang Jike was not only the reigning World champion; also, he was the Olympic champion. Now at forthcoming Liebherr 2017 World Championships which commence in the German city of Düsseldorf on […]

Ma Long and Ding Ning once again head seeding

Ma Long and Ding Ning once again head seeding (by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor) Ma Long and Ding Ning once again head seeding Following the issue of the World Rankings for May; top seeds two years ago in Suzhou and the eventual winners, China’s Ma Long and Ding Ning head the seeding for the […]

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