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ITTF February Rankings: Xu Xin Back On Top

ITTF February Rankings: Xu Xin Back On Top (by Steve Hopkins/Photo by ITTF) There were two changes in the Top 10 this week when the ITTF released their World Rankings List for February.  The first is a change at the top, where Xu Xin and Fan Zhendong switched places yet again.  Xu Xin, who just […]

Xu Xin Tops the July Rankings

(by Steve Hopkins/Photo by ITTF) After fifteen consecutive months with Fan Zhendong on top, the July rankings have revealed a new World’s Number 1.  Xu Xin is on top of the rankings this month.  Lin Gaoyuan maintains the second position, and Fan falls to third.  Only 275 points separate the top three, so there may […]

Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum, Japan Open Recap

(by Steve Hopkins/Photo courtesy of ITTF) The Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum, LION Japan Open concluded on Sunday in Sapporo.  As a Platinum event on the World Tour, this tournament featured nearly all of the top players.  The top half of the Men’s draw had Fan Zhendong (World No.1) as the top seed and […]

2019 World Tour Qatar Open Recap

(by Steve Hopkins / Photo by ITTF) Doha, Qatar was host this week to the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum Qatar Open.  The only player in the top 16 in the world that did not attend was Fan Zhendong (World No.1).  Xu Xin (World No. 2) was the top seed of the tournament and […]

Timo Boll off to promising start while Chinese trio take the plaudits

(by Simon Daish) Timo Boll promising start while Chinese trio take the plaudits The start of the Men’s Singles event signalled the final action of the opening day at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Astana, Kazakhstan as four Round of 16 encounters took place on the afternoon of Thursday 14th December. […]

Reversal of Fortune for the Chinese: (Fortune Kooky ??!?)

Reversal of Fortune for the Chinese: (Fortune Kooky ??!?) (By Steve Hopkins / Photo credit to ITTF) SWEDISH OPEN:  After a two tournament absent from the podium, the Chinese were back with a vengeance at the Seamaster 2017 World Tour Swedish Open in Stockholm this weekend.  The Chinese took five of the eight spots in […]

Once again lightning strikes, once again Japanese teenagers beat World champions

(by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor) Once again Japanese teenagers beat World champions Lightning does not strike twice or say they say; at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Platinum German Open in the city of Magdeburg on Friday 10 November it struck again. The electrical storm in question was that of Japan’s 14 year […]

ITTF Decides on Sanctions for Chinese Trio for China Open Forfeits

(Courtesy of ITTF) ITTF Decides on Sanctions for Chinese Trio for China Open Forfeits During the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Platinum China Open held in Chengdu, China in June 2017, the top three table tennis players in the world: MA Long, FAN Zhendong and XU Xin, did not turn up for their round of […]

Top spot yet again, milestone for Ma Long

Top spot yet again, milestone for Ma Long (by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor) Top spot yet again, milestone for Ma Long A milestone for Ma Long, listed in top spot on the Men’s World Rankings issued on Wednesday 2nd August, it is the 30th consecutive month that he has held the exalted position, the […]

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 […]

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