Friday, October 28, 2011

2011 Maharashtra State Championship Table Tennis at Buldhana

Picture of a resort near at Shegaon near Buldhana
The State Championship TT tournament starts at Buldhana tomorrow. Many stars are participating this time. They include international players such as Sanil Shetty, Aman Balgu, Madhurika Patkar, Divya Deshpande, Pooja Sahasrabuddhe, and many others.

The tournament is expected to provide a lot of excitement to the players and fans in the state and even outside.

Even the junior sections evoke a lot of interested as some talented players prepare to face each other.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Swedish Legend Kjell Johansson passes away

Kjell Johansson, who laid the foundation for the successes that Sweden enjoyed for decades, passed away recently in his native Sweden. 

He was a world champion of Table Tennis, who ended the Chinese monopoly in the early 70s and arguably was one of the main reasons for the birth of a new generation of stars such as Appelgren, Erik Lindh, Jan Ove Waldner, Jorgen Persson and many others.

Johansson was called Hammaren, which means the hammer in Swedish, because of his hard forehand.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Neiman Marcus Table Tennis limited edition table designed by Tom Burr

Neiman Marcus is selling a luxury, limited edition Table Tennis Table for $ 45 000 (Approx Indian Rupees 22 LAKH)

Neiman Marcus, formerly Neiman-Marcus, is a luxury specialty retail department store operated by the Neiman Marcus Group in the United States. The Table is designed by noted artist Tom Burr.

Did someone say how many Adidas, Donic, Joola, tables can be bought instead? Well, what can we say about taste!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Table Tennis News bits - European Championships, Chinese Nationals and more

Germany, led by Timo Boll won the fifth European Championship in a row. Germany beat Sweden for the first time in an European final.
Ma Long won the Chinese national Championship. This was his fourth title in a row. Ma Lin was his victim in the finals.
The Beijing team won the team event.
Liam Pitchford beat legend Vladimir Samsonov in the team events and then Alexei Smirnov in the European Championships.

World Table Tennis and Ping Pong Calendar of Tournament and Events



Stiga 2* Junior Open
Halton TTC
Lowerhouse Lane, Cheshire, WA8 7DZ

Milton Keynes Under 13, 15, 17 'Triple Group' 2*

Suffolk Senior 1*
Britannia TTC
193 Defoe Road, Suffolk, IP1 6SG

Suffolk top 32 Senior GP
Britannia TTC
193 Defoe Road, Suffolk, IP1 6SG

Stiga Blackpool Junior 2*
Blackpool TTC
St Anne's Rd, Lancs, FY4 2AP

Stockton-on-Tees Junior 4*

Greenhouse Bevin Junior 2*


Maryland Giant RR     Eldersburg, MD     10/15/11           Yvonne Kronlage
LilY Yip Table Tennis Center October Open     Dunellen, NJ     10/15-16/11         Lily Yip
2011 Butterfly MDTTC October Open     Gaithersburg, MD     10/15-16/11         Lixin Lang
2011 DSP Cup/NYTTF Open Series     New York, NY     10/16/11         Robert Chen
2011 Millcreek Open     Erie, PA     10/22-23/11         Sam Steiner
NJTTC 2011 October Open     Westfield, NJ     10/22-23/11         NJTTC
Trolley Car TT Club Philly Open October 2011     Philadelphia, PA     10/29-30/11         Ken Weinstein
11th Everbright Cup Open Table Tennis Championship     Edison, NJ     10/29/11         Jean Sze
2011 New Hampshire RR Open     Manchester, NH     10/30/11           Robert Neidorff


Commonwealth Championships

[ October 19th, 2011 - October 23rd, 2011 ]

National Ranking Table Tennis Championships-2011 (Central Zone)

[ November 22nd, 2011 - November 27th, 2011 ]

Gandhidham, Kachchh

Cadet & Sub Junior National,

[ December 05th, 2011 - December 11th, 2011 ]

Cochi, Kerala

World Junior Championships,

[ December 10th, 2011 - December 17th, 2011 ]


73rd Youth and Junior Nationals,

[ December 19th, 2011 - December 25th, 2011 ]

North Bengal, Siliguri

Olympic Qualification Event

[ December 20th, 2011 - December 26th, 2011 ]

73rd Senior Nationals,

[ January 23rd, 2012 - January 29th, 2012 ]



Bennelong Cup Test Match 14th and 15th of October.

Oct 15-23 Adelaide, Australia Paul Pinkewich
Australian Open Veterans


Oct 3-7 St. George (Utah), USA
*) Huntsman World Senior Games

Oct 7-11 Istanbul, Turkey
12th Veterans Table Tennis

Oct 8 Jaromer, Czech Republic Zdenek Lhotka
Open Veterans Tournament

Oct 8-9 Wolverhampton, England Roy Norton
Vetts Midlands Masters

Oct 15-23 Adelaide, Australia Paul Pinkewich
Australian Open Veterans

Nov 4-6 Gothenburg, Sweden
32nd Ifo Veteran Open

Nov 17-27 Marawila, Sri Lanka Kai Globig
Masters Games Table Tennis

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Humanoid Robots play Table Tennis for the first time

The first Table Tennis playing robots that resemble human beings made their debut in China. They have been fitted with cameras and can sense motion.

Plan for the first world championships for robots are already in the works.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Best Table Tennis Equipment: Timo Boll ZLF blade with Rakza 7 and Hexer Duro

Butterfly ZLF with Yasaka Rakza 7 and Andro Hexer Duro - A terrific Combo

By popular demand, we are putting up our favourite combinations of Blades and Rubbers.

Here's the first one - Timo Boll ZLF with Rakza 7 on Forehand and Hexer Duro on Backhand.

ZLF is a fast and furious blade with high quality Spin and Control.

Timo Boll ZLF 9 8.0 Medium OFF 5W/2ZLF 84 157 150 5.4 FL X X 100x24 X X

Speed -9.0
Control - 8.0
Feel - Yellow (Good)
OFF - Offensive (Great for attacking players)
5W/2ZLF - 5 Wood 2 Zylon Fibre blade
Other dimensions are Width, thickness, flange measurement and so on.

Rakza 7 is a rubber that is a vast improvement over Yasaka's well known rubbers. It is comparable to Tenergy and provides excellent looping capabilities with speed and spin.
Hexer Duro is one of the most long lasting rubbers among premier rubbers. It too offers excellent control and control.

Do let us know what you use.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

October 2011 Texas Wesleyan Open Ping Pong tournament

October 8, 2011
Texas Wesleyan Open Table Tennis tournament
Sid Richardson Center
1100 S. Collard Street,
Fort Worth,
TX 76105.

2011 Westchester Table Tennis Open

Westchester Table Tennis Center

The Westchester Ping Pong tournament runs 8-9 Oct 2011.

Westchester Table Tennis Open

Sat.-Sun., October 8-9, 2011
Under 1100 (starts Sunday at 2pm)
Under 1250 (Sun., 10am)
Under 1400 (Sun., Noon)
Under 1550 (Sun., 4pm)
Under 1700 (Sat, 10am)
Under 1850 (Sat., 2pm)
Under 2000 (Sat., Noon)
Under 2150 (Sun. 4pm)
Under 2300 (Sun., Noon)
Under 2450 (Sun., 10am)
Open (Sun., 2pm)
40 years and over (Sat., 1pm)
50 and over (Sat., 4pm)
60 and over (Sat., 2pm)
Unrated (Sat. 10am)

Westchester Table Tennis Center
175 Tompkins Ave.
Pleasantville, NY 10570

West Zone National Table Tennis Championships, Thane

The 2011 edition of the West Zone TT tourney starts today. Top players in the country are expected to participate. The tournament will go on from 8th to 13th October 2011.

The venue for the tournament is Dadoji Konndev Stadium, Near Fire Brigade Office, Station Road, Thane West.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Two World Class Blades

Here are two blades that are used by World class players - Timo Boll ZLF and Tibhar H 3 9. One is a fast one with excellent control, while the other is a bit more fast but with comparable control. If you want any information on these, please let us know. - Editor

Timo Boll ZLF and Tibhar H-3-9

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Chinese National Table Tennis Championships 2011 at Jiangsu

The 2011 Chinese Nationals will be held at Jiangsu from 5th to 13th October. Many of the top players, including the world's No. 1 will be participating in it.

The National Championship will assume a lot of significance since the London Olympics is just around the corner.


1. Wang Hao - People's Liberation Army
2. Zhang Jike - Shandong Luneng
3. Ma Long - Beijing
4. Ma Lin - Guangdong
5. Wang Liqin - Shanghai
6. Xu Xin - Shanghai
7. Chen Qi - People's Liberation Army
8. Hao Shuai - Tianjin


1. Li Xiaoxia - Shandong
2. Guo Yan - Beijing
3. Ding Ning - Beijing
4. Guo Yue - Liaoning
5. Liu Shiwen - Guangdong
6. Wu Yang - Shanxi
7. Fan Ying - Jiangsu
8. Cao Zhen - People's Liberation Army

Monday, October 3, 2011

M Y Choi and A Du win Australian Junior titles

M Y Choi and A Du won the Boys and Girls U 18 titles at the Australian Junior Table Tennis Championships.

Both the top seeds in the respective sections could not stop Choi and Du from winning the prestigious titles. Incidentally, Boy's top seed, Heming Hu just recently won the Michael Szabados Award for being the Junior Player of the year.

Other winners:

U 15 E Tsao
U 13 D Huang

U 15 Y N Lim
U 13 A G Zhan

India dominates Table Tennis competition at Dehradun

Soumyajit Ghosh aka Royal Bengal Tiger
India stole the limelight at the ONGC 2011 Indian Junior & Cadet Open - ITTF Premium Junior Circuit Table Tennis tournament,28 Sep 2011 - 02 Oct 2011, Dehradun, India.

Soumyajit aka Royal Bengal Tiger was the star of the show. He claimed the Junior Boys Singles and Doubles titles. 
India's only major loss was the Junior Girls title, where pint-sized Thailand's Pannak Piyaporn beat India's formidable Mallika Bhandarkar and Ankita Das to win the title.

Results (finals - Countries mentioned, otherwise India):

Junior Boys Singles
Soumyajit Ghosh beat Harmeet Desai 4-11,11-5,11-6,14-16,9-11,11-3,11-5 
Junior Girls Singles
Pannak Piyaporn (THA) beat Ankita Das 8-11,11-7,11-6,11-6,14-12
Cadet Boys Singles
Abhishek Yadav beat Utkarsh Gupta 6-11,11-8,11-8,5-11,11-6
Cadet Girls Singles
Anuska Dutta beat Ayhika Mukherjee 9-11, 8-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-4