Friday, September 30, 2011

Ma Long vs World Champ Zhang Jike - Thrilling video of the finals at Austrian Open 15-13 decider

Sathiyan, Reeth, and Ankita star for India B

Reeth Tennison and G Sathiyan
G Sathiyan won both his matches as India B beat formidable India A in both the Boys and Girls section of the ONGC 2011 Indian Junior & Cadet Open - ITTF Premium Junior Circuit at Dehradun India.

The boys had to toil while winning 3-2 but it was smooth sailing for the girls as they beat the A team 3-0. 

Sathiyan beat Harmeet Desai and then Soumyajit Ghosh. Sourav Saha pulled off an unexpected 3-1 victory over Harmeet Desai in the deciding rubber.

Ankita Das and Reeth Tennison won both their singles against Mallika Bhandarkar and in-form Manika Batra and then combined to clinch the doubles and the prestigious trophy.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Table Tennis Event Updates

Ma Long recently won the Austrian Open beating current World Champion Zhang Jike by the thinnest of margins 11-3,5-11,11-8,6-11,11-9,4-11,15-13. Ding Ning won the Women's title.
Ankita Das
India dominating the show at the ONGC 2011 Indian Junior & Cadet Open Table Tennis Tournament - ITTF Premium Junior Circuit,28 Sep 2011 - 02 Oct 2011, Dehradun, India.

India A and B teams are set to clash in the finals of both the Boy's and Girls section. Soumyajit Ghosh, Harmeet Desai, Mallika Bhandarkar, Ankita Das, Reeth Tennison spearhead India's challenge. 

Boy's Semi finals:
India A bt Thailand 3-0
SRIRAM Sushmit bt KUNPRASERT Peerapol 3-1
DESAI Harmeet  bt POUNGSRI Max
DESAI Harmeet and GHOSH Soumyajit  bt  KUNPRASERT Peerapol POUNGSRI Max 3-0

India B bt Chinese Taipei 3-1

Girls Semi finals

India A bt Chinese Taipei 3-1
India B bt Thailand 3-1


Monday, September 26, 2011

Table Tennis Rule Change?

Li Jia Wei serving
There is a lot of buzz on the international Table Tennis forums about the proposed new rules.

How about this?
The loser of the previous point gets a chance to serve, even if the opponent has not served twice!
So, if this rule is approved, there will no longer be 2 serves per player and one each after 10-10.

Let us know your opinion on this.

There is also a controversy and outrage over a proposed increase of the size of the ball further. Thankfully, it is just around a milimeter more. Another proposal under serious consideration is to remove the seam of the ball and ban celluloid.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Chaudhari and Shweta win titles University Pavilion Maharashtra State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament

Rohit Chaudhari and Shweta Parte won the Men's and Women's titles at the Maharashtra State Ranking TT tournament at Mumbai's University pavilion.

While Rohit beat young Ravindra Kotiyan quite easily, Shweta beat Prajakta Tipale of Thane in a close encounter.

Cadet Girls:
Payal Bohra(MSD)Bt Srushti Haleangadi(MSD) 6/11,12/10,11/9,11/6           
Cadet Boys
Shaurya Pednekar bt S Ashwin 11/8,11/8,5/11,8/11,11/6


Advait Brahme(PNA)  [Seed - 6] Bt Jignesh Rahatwal(MSD)
[Seed - 16]         11/5,5/11,11/2,12/10,11/5           
Shruti Amrute(THN)  [Seed - 2] Bt Dyuti Patki(MSD) [Seed -4]         11/7,11/8,11/5,8/11,7/11,11/3

Devika Bhide(PNA)  [Seed - 2] Bt Rutuja Khopkar(THN) [Seed - 1]         11/9,11/8,11/6,6/11,11/6


Ravindra Kotiyan(MSD) Bt Devdatta Fadnavis(NGP)        13/11,11/8,8/11,11/9,8/11,11/5


Shubhankar Renavikar(PNA)  Bt Ravindra Kotiyan(MSD) 10/12,10/12,14/12,11/9,11/9,5/11,11/4

Vedika Garg(THN)  [Seed - 3] Bt Shweta Parte(MCD) [Seed -1]         11/8,14/12,11/7,11/7

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Marine Lines Maharashtra Table Tennis State Ranking Tournament

The State Ranking Table Tennis tourney at Marine lines has started on the 19th and will go on up to the 23rd at the University Pavilion.

We will publish the results as soon as we start receving updates.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ma Lin's multi ball practice session

Watch Ma Lin's multi ball practice. He is known to be a beast in training and never tires even though he is almost nearing a decade and a half of World Class competitive play!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Ai Fukuhara, a hugeTable Tennis Star

Ai is a huge star not only in Table Tennis in her country, but is a celebrity overall. She is an Olympian and a contender at major championships.

She has featured in two Table Tennis video games - Ikuze! Onsen Takkyū!! (Do it! Hot Spring Table Tennis!!) and Fukuhara Ai No Takkyū Icchokusen (Ai Fukuhara's Table Tennis) for Play Station 2.

She has carried the Olympic flame in Tokyo in 2004 and in 2008 at Beijing (where she was the nation's flag bearer).

Ai speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. Such is her popularity, that she has featured in events with Chinese Premier Hu Jintao and Jackie Chan.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Panjim Gymkhana Major Ranking Table Tennis Tournament

An old photo of a program at Panjim Gymkhana
The Panjim Gymkhana Major Ranking Table Tennis tournament for Junior boys and girls and Senior boys and girls will be held from September 13-18 at Panjim Gymkhana premises, Campal, Panaji.

The event is recognized by Goa Table Tennis Association and is expected to attract good participation.

Panjim Gymkhana phone number - (0832) 2225818.

British Premier League Table Tennis matches

Ryan Jenkins
Fixtures for this weekend (17-18 September 2011)

Match                                                   Venue              Day and Time

Barrow I v Wymondham Grantham         BATTS TTC    Sat 17/12/2011    11:00   
Drumchapel Glasgow I v Fusion I            BATTS TTC    Sat 17/12/2011    11:00   
Sycamore I v London Progress I             BATTS TTC    Sat 17/12/2011    11:00   
Westfield I v B-BATT Pavilion I             BATTS TTC    Sat 17/12/2011    11:00   
Fusion I v Barrow I                                BATTS TTC    Sat 17/12/2011    03:00   
Drumchapel Glasgow I v Westfield I        BATTS TTC    Sat 17/12/2011    03:00   
Wymondham Grantham v Sycamore I            BATTS TTC    Sat 17/12/2011    03:00   
London Progress I v B-BATT Pavilion I        BATTS TTC    Sat 17/12/2011    03:00   
Barrow I v Drumchapel Glasgow I            BATTS TTC    Sun 18/12/2011    10:00   
Sycamore I v Fusion I                BATTS TTC    Sun 18/12/2011    10:00   
B-BATT Pavilion I v Wymondham Grantham        BATTS TTC    Sun 18/12/2011    10:00   
Westfield I v London Progress I            BATTS TTC    Sun 18/12/2011    10:00   
Westfield I v Barrow I                BATTS TTC    Sun 18/12/2011    02:00   
Sycamore I v Drumchapel Glasgow I        BATTS TTC    Sun 18/12/2011    02:00   
B-BATT Pavilion I v Fusion I            BATTS TTC    Sun 18/12/2011    02:00   
London Progress I v Wymondham Grantham        BATTS TTC    Sun 18/12/2011    02:00    

Wang Liqin gifts his girlfriend Liu Yanchi a car?

Liu Yanchi, Wang Liqin's girlfriend
There were rumours that Wang Liqin gifted a car to his gorgeous girlfriend of two years, Liu Yanchi. Yanchi denied the rumours but said that she and Liqin were planning to get married after he gets time away from his career, Table Tennis.

Yanchi also said that she and Liqin attended a party were he had a few drinks and so she decided to drive him back home. She said the car was Liqin's and is three years old.

Liu Yanchi is a famous anchor in Shanghai.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Zhejiang wins Chinese Super League 2011 and duly thanks Timo Boll

Team mates Timo Boll and Ma Lin played for Zhejiang
Zhejiang won the 2011 version of the Chinese Table Tennis Super League - the toughest team Table Tennis tournament on the planet.

There were 3 legs and the two finalists were tied 1-1 after the first two (Zhejian beat Bazhou at home 3-2, Bazhou bt Zhejiang 3-1 at home). Zhejiang clinched the decider of the decider 3-2. Ma Lin was the star member of Zhejiang throughout and was assisted by Timo Boll in the initial phases.

It is interesting to note that Zhejiang profusely thanked Timo Boll for his contribution to the team's victory. Timo was unable to play in the finals as he was already back in Germany to play for his home club.

Monday, September 12, 2011

September India tournaments - Will be updated

Tournaments coming up. Please write to if you a tournament near you.You can also write to us if you want more details.

Fifth State Ranking
19th to 23rd September 2011
University Pavilion
Marine Lines
Mumbai City

Tamil Nadu
The seventh State-ranking Table Tennis tournament will be organised by the Coimbatore District TTA, at G.R. Damodaran College, Coimbatore, on Sep. 17th and 18th.

DATE : 10th to 13th September, 2011
SPONSORED BY : Sports and recreation club, GNFC

West Bengal
September 13th - 17th
Baisakhi Sangha TT Championships
Baisakhi Sangha

Aman Balgu beat Noel Pinto in the Amit Rathi Memorial All Mumbai tournament

Aman Balgu
Third seed but favourite, Aman Balgu, beat top seed Noel Pinto in the Amit Rathi Memorial tournament at Mumbai. Aman prevailed 11-3, 14-12, 11-8, 11-4.

This is an impressive performance considering that Noel has been in sterling form this season winning multiple titles at the State level and has performed at a very high level even at the National level.


Women's singles: Charvi Kawle bt Joanne D'Souza
Youth Boys: Noel Pinto bt Rhys Albuquerque
Youth Girls: Charvi Kawle bt Joanne D'Souza
Junior Boys: Ravindra Kotian bt Jay Shroff
Junior Girls: Dyuti Patki bt Ashlesha Trehan
Sub Jr Boys: Anay Dave bt Shubham Ambre
Sub Jr Girls: Ashlesha Trehan bt Dyuti Patki

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Shahid Kapur plays Table Tennis with Pankaj Kapur

Shahid and Pankaj Kapur playing Table Tennis
Shahid Kapur and Pankaj Kapur are finding some relief from controversies in the form of Table Tennis.

They were recently found bonding over a game of Ping Pong. From the photograph, Shahid seems to be confident and has good serve technique.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Delhi State Table Tennis Ranking tournament

Delhi top players from top left: Utkarsh Gupta, Manika Batra, and Neha Aggarwal
The Delhi State TT tournament will be held from September 10-13 at Hansraj Model School, Punjabi Bagh.

Please write to for any details that you require.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

More tournaments in the East Zone of the USA

New England Open (3 star)     Shelton, CT     9/10-11/11         Roman Tinyszin

2011 Butterfly MDTTC September Open     Gaithersburg, MD     9/10-11/11         Lixin Lang

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Table Tennis Tournaments - US September 2nd week

Upcoming Ping Pong tournaments:

Tournament              City and State     Date              Contact 

Labor Day Open     Chaumburg, IL     9/10/11         Spenser Lam

Atlanta Fall Open     Norcross, GA     9/10/11         Wendell Dillon

Maryland Circuit     Eldersburg, MD     9/10/11           Yvonne Kronlage

Contact if you need more information.

2nd AMDT San Francisco Open Table Tennis Tournament

The 2011 edition of the San Francisco Open Table Tennis tournament was scheduled for Sep 4-5.

The tournament was a 2 star event and sanctioned by the USATT.

We are yet to receive the results. If anyone has any leads or links, please let us know.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Leader board of the German Table Tennis league

Jan Ove Waldner
Leading performers at the Bundesliga (German Table Tennis League) so far:

Kim Jung Hoon and Kenji Matsudaira have won two matches while the others listed have won one each. Sharath Kamal has one loss so far from his only appearance.
Note that the old war horse, Jan Ove Waldner won his match after being 0-2 and match points down!

Kim, Jung Hoon             TTC Ruhrstadt Herne    
Matsudaira, Kenji         TTC matec Frickenhausen
Waldner, Jan-Ove         TTC RS Fulda-Maberzell
Boll, Timo             Borussia Düsseldorf
Steger, Bastian         1. FC Saarbrücken TT
Wang, Xi             TTC RS Fulda-Maberzell
Jakab, János             Borussia Düsseldorf
Baum, Patrick             Borussia Düsseldorf
Lundquist, Jens         SV Werder Bremen
Svensson, Robert         TTC RS Fulda-Maberzell
Kosowski, Jacub         TTC matec Frickenhausen
Monteiro, Joao              1. FC Saarbrücken TT
Tokic, Bojan             1. FC Saarbrücken TT
Apolonia, Tiago         TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen

Ma Lin leads Zhejiang to victory

Ma Lin about to unleash his deadly serve
The toughest competition in Table Tennis on the planet is on.

Zhejiang, led by Olympic Champion, Ma Lin won against Bazhou in the first leg of the Chinese Table Tennis Super League Finals.

Ma Lin lost against the super talented Xu Xin, but Zhejiang scraped through 3-2 by winning the decider when Xu Hui beat Li Ping.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Los Angeles Open Ping Pong tournament 2011

If anyone has any information on the LA Open Table Tennis tournament results, please let us know!

We are planning to call Masaru Hashimoto Phone:  +1(818) 384-7408 today evening. Any advance information is welcome.


Ping pong ball size to increase?

In an interview during the Harmony China Open Table Tennis tournament, the ITTF President, Adham Sharara made some interesting comments:
  • The ball will now be celluloid free and will be seam-free.
  • The ball size is likely to be increased. To 44mm?
  • Sharara is keen to have the World Championships 2015 at Suzhou.

Friday, September 2, 2011

News bits - Timo Boll, Segun Toriola

Timo chooses to stay with Borussia Dusseldorf. He signed a contract to be with them until 2014. Sergei Ivanov, President of Orenburg, had offered him a contract after the end of ECL's last season.

The September World rankings have been released for 2011 and the big mover is Ma Long from No. 5 to No. 2. Wang Hao continues to lead the rankings. Guo Yan moves up from No. 4 to No. 2 while Li Xiaoxia stays at the top in the Women's category.

Segun Toriola is the favourite at the 2011 All African games. He will be trying to win the title for the 5th consecutive time.