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WTTC Interviews: Fan Zhendong


What is this world table tennis championship like to you this time?


I always think that the world championship is one of the tournaments with the highest levels. This one is particularly special. I have participated 5 times and finally got the men’s singles champion this time. I am extremely happy and I hope that after this tournament I can get more confident and achieve better results as well as improving every aspect of my games.


How did you feel when you got 3 strong opponents from China consecutively in your singles matches?


At first, I felt that I got really hard draws after the draws were done. No matter playing them in internal matches or international ones, I feel that our levels are so close. I felt that it was going to be really difficult, but I didn’t overthink whom I had to play. I just prepared one match after another and tried to do well in each of them.


Can you comment on the final?



I had a lot of pressure for the final. First of all, I have never played Möregårdh. The first time we had to play, it was the final of such an important tournament. So I had some pressure and there were things I was worried about. But I got into the court and started playing, I gradually got into the zone. I started getting more and more relaxed and less nervous. I didn’t expect to win 4:0 but instead prepared to have a very tough match and I was very happy that I could win.


What are your thoughts on the first US-held world championship?


This is the first time that the world championship was held in the US. I am honored to participate in this tournament. I think in general, both the setting up and the atmosphere made it a very enjoyable experience. I was able to enjoy the whole tournament a lot. I hope the success of this tournament can help more people become fond of table tennis.

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