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TABLE TENNIS: China sweeps four of five titles in Qatar Open Platinum tournament

One Olympic champ won and another lost, but China showed itself as the sport’s powerhouse, winning four of five titles in the first ITTF...

TABLE TENNIS Preview: Powerful field ready for Platinum-level Qatar Open in Doha

The most popular city on the ITTF World Tour is Doha (QAT), hosting more events than any other venue, and host this week to...

TABLE TENNIS: Kumar and Zhang earn Pan Am spots at U.S. Trials

USA Table Tennis chose its entries for the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru via a Trials tournament at Santa Monica College last weekend,...

TABLE TENNIS: Calderano defends, Zhang upset by Diaz in Pan American Cup

For a while, it looked like defending Pan America Cup champs Hugo Calderano of Brazil and Mo Zhang of Canada were going to repeat...

TABLE TENNIS Preview: Pan America Cup underway in Guaynabo

The Puerto Rican city of Guaynabo is the host for the Pan America Cup, now underway at the Coliseo Quijote Morales. Competition will be...

SPEED READ: Headlines from The Sports Examiner for Monday, 21 January 2019

Welcome to The Sports Examiner SPEED READ, a 100 mph (44.7 m/s) review of what happened over the last 72 hours in Olympic sport: LANE ONE: Monday: Part two of our early-on look at what a Congressional commission reviewing the status of the United States Olympic Committee and the U.S. National Governing Bodies might turn […]
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TABLE TENNIS: China sweeps all five Hungarian Open titles

The 2019 world championships for table tennis will be held in Budapest (HUN in late April, so the Hungarian Open – in Budapest –...

TABLE TENNIS Preview: China favored to dominate Hungarian Open

The ITTF World Tour is in Budapest (HUN), the site of the 2019 World Championships in April, so many of the top players have...

TABLE TENNIS: Harimoto, 15, wins World Tour Grand Finals!

The ITTF World Tour Grand Finals saw history in Incheon (KOR) as 15-year-old Tomokazu Harimoto became the youngest player to ever win the men’s...

TABLE TENNIS Preview: World Tour Grand Finals sails into Incheon

The ITTF World Tour Grand Finals start on Thursday in Incheon (KOR), with the top 16 Singles players and eight teams in the Doubles...

TABLE TENNIS Preview: Pan American Champs start in Santiago

The Pan American Championships started Tuesday in Santiago (CHI) with large fields contesting all five events. The top seeds: ∙ Men’s Singles: 1. Kanak Jha (USA,...

TABLE TENNIS: China wins 3, Japan 2, at Austrian Open

True, the Austrian Open was played in Linz, but the finals were all between Asian competitors, with China winning the men’s and women’s Singles and the Mixed Doubles, while Japanese teams won both Doubles events. This was not totally unexpected, as Japan’s Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima are ranked no. 1 in the world and […]
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TABLE TENNIS Preview: Fan looks for fourth tour win at Austrian Open

One of the six ITTF World Tour Platinum events, the Austrian Open is getting ready at the TipsArena Linz. The top seeds: ∙ Men’s Singles: 1....

TABLE TENNIS: Fan and Ito impress with Swedish Open titles

China has been the gold standard in table tennis for a long time and the next star is obviously Zhendong Fan, who won his...

TABLE TENNIS Preview: No. 1-ranked Fan and Zhu top Swedish Open

One of the top fields on the ITTF World Tour this season is in the Swedish Open, at the Eriksdalshallen in Stockholm, with both...

TABLE TENNIS: Fan wins second World Cup title in three years in Paris

The Liebherr Men’s World Cup pits the world’s top players against each other in a short tournament, highlighting the cream of the crop in table tennis. For the most part, that means China will win. And that was the case in 2018, as Zhendong Fan (pictured), a four-time World Champion in Doubles or Team Events, […]
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TABLE TENNIS Preview: Men’s World Cup starts in Paris

The Liebherr ITTF Men’s World Cup comes to the Disney Event Arena in Paris (FRA) with 20 players, including the top four in the current ITTF World Rankings and eight of the top 10: 1. Zhendong Fan (CHN) ~ 2017 World Championships silver medalist 2. Timo Boll (GER) ~ 2002-05 World Cup winner; 2011 World […]
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TABLE TENNIS: Third Women’s World Cup title for Ning Ding

Two-time Olympic champion and three-time World Champion Ning Ding of China won her third World Cup title with a straight-set sweep of teammate Yuling Zhu in the Uncle Pop Women’s World Cup in Chengdu (CHN). Ding played four matches and won 4-0, 4-1, 4-0 and 4-0 for a 16-1 sets record during the event; she […]
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TABLE TENNIS Preview: Women’s World Cup showcases the elite

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has a special World Cup competition which invites the best players from each regional confederation, the top players from the world-ranking list and the current World Champion and the last World Cup winner. That means the entire tournament includes just 20 players; the top entries: ∙ Yuling Zhu (CHN: […]
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TABLE TENNIS: Franziska/Groth and Ishikawa defend titles at Czech Open

The German-Dutch combo of Patrick Franziska and Jonathan Groth and Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa defended their Czech Open titles from 2017 with impressive wins in Olomuoc on Sunday. Franziska and Groth were top-seeded in the men’s Doubles and swept aside the finals challenge from Swedes Mattias Falck and Kristian Karlsson, 3-1, while Ishikawa, now ranked no. […]
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