Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Zhang Jike tattoo Persistence

Zhang Jike personifies the word persistence, which he has tattooed prominently on his back. He was out of the China team for disciplinary reasons, but came back with a vengence to claim the World and Olympic championship Table Tennis titles.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Michael Maze beats Sharath Kamal

Sharath Kamal keeps India's stamp in the Professional Table Tennis world. He recently faced Michael Maze of Denmark in the Euro Asia all stars tournament at Vendée, France. Although Sharath lost 7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9, he put up a good fight and had chances to equal it at 2-2.

Asia emerged the overall winners in the contest held over 2 days (11-9).


Saturday 27th October 2012:  
Michael Maze v Sharath Kamal Achanta 7-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9
Adrian Crisan v Kazuhiro Chan 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4
Dimitrij Ovtcharov v Jiang Tianyi 11-8, 9-11, 11-2, 11-5
Vladimir Samsonov v Ryu Seungmin 11-6, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7
Adrien Mattenet v Li Ping 4-11, 5-11, 9-11

Sunday 28th October 2012:  
Michael Maze v Li Ping 6-11, 10-12, 6-11
Adrien Mattenet v Kazuhiro Chan 12-10, 9-11, 9-11, 5-11
Vladimir Samsonov v Jiang Tianyi 8-11, 7-11, 11-13
Dimitrij Ovtcharov v Ryu Seungmin 11-8, 11-7, 11-6
Adrian Crisan v Sharath Kamal Achanta 11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Now Zhang Jike wants to learn English!

We all know that the all time great Table Tennis player Zhang Yining enrolled for English lessons in the United states last year. Now it's Zhang Jike's turn to learn the language. Is he inspired by Zhang Yining? Unlikely but possible. After all, he is one of the very few to have won the Grand Slam of Table Tennis, Zhang Yining is one of them. Liu Guoliang, Kong Linghui, Wang Nan are others who've done it.

Wang Hao latest update

Wang Hao is still playing as much as he can in the Chinese premier TT league even after losing out on a gold medal on his third attempt. Zhang Jike praised big brother Hao right after he won the Gold. Liu Guoliang too showered praise. 

If anything, Wang Hao's won more fans even after losing. Evidence - the Chinese media going ga-ga over a hit of a streak of golden hair!

Table Tennis Girl Stina Kallberg, a prodigy

This girl was born in 2000 and is a huge Table Tennis prodigy from Sweden. 

Stina Kallberg, for her young age, she is terrific. She has a rare gift of exquisite stroke selection. If you see her lobbing, you immediately understand that her anticipation and attacking attitude belie her age!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cocktail Table Tennis anyone?

Ping Pong bars are the new craze everywhere in the Western world with celebrities taking to the Table like never before. It's party time, with a twist - Table Tennis.

One of the recent big waves to hit America has now spread to the United Kingdom. Susan Sarandon, Mike Myers, Elle Macpherson and Scarlett Johansson are some popular names patronizing the sport. Susan even owns a chain of Table Tennis cum entertainment spots in North America which go by the name SPiN.

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NEW YORK, NY  10010


SPiN GALACTIC (Go figure!)

Bounce, London

Zhang Jike back in form?

Zhang Jike's rough patch on the Table has probably ended. He lost in the Chinese Nationals recently to Zhou Yu. But in the Chinese league, in the very next encounter against Zhou Yu, Jike scored a comprehensive victory and is playing a leading role for his Table Tennis team Shandong.

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Zhang Jike jumps the arena blocks and runs to kiss the Gold medal podium at the London Olympics.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pavlovich retains European Women's Table Tennis Title

Viktoria Pavlovich retained the Women's title at the European Championships.

In the finals, she beat Xian Yifang 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 13-11 in a long match between two defensive players.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Timo Boll adds another European Championship title

Timo Boll wins another European Championship title beating Tanrui Wu. He does not fail to mention that he would readily swap the prestigious title for an Olympic medal!

Bastian Steger, Tan Ruiwu upset Samsonov and Ovtcharov at the European Championships

Bastian Steger
German Steger and Croatia's Tan Ruiwu took off the big names from the Men's singles draw of the European Table Tennis Championships. They beat the world's elite players, Samsonov and Ovtcharov.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cai Zhenhua former Table Tennis great, now top Football official

Cai Zhenhua, the former World Class player and Coach of the Chinese National Table Tennis Team is also a top official of China Football now!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

China to set up Table Tennis Center in Europe

The no. 1 force in World Table Tennis, China, will set up a Table Tennis training center in Europe to help in developing the sport.
England's national coach for over 20 years, Liu Jiayi, expressed hope that they will set up the center in England and said that they were in advanced talks with the Chinese Table Tennis Association (CTTA).

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Noel Pinto, Madhurikaa Patkar win State Ranking Table Tennis titles at Khar Gymkhana

Noel Pinto won the Men's title at the Maharashtra State Ranking tournament conducted by MSTTA and Khar Gymkhana. In the final, he beat the formidable Aman Balgu in a closely fought encounter.

In the women's final, Madhurikaa Paatkar beat Prajakta Tipale.
Earlier, in the men's semi-final, Noel faced a scare against Chaitanya Udare, before he wriggled out of the tight situation.

Zhang Jike reaping rewards of becoming Olympic and World Champion

Zhang Jike hardly trained after he won the Olympic Gold medal at London Olympics. He lost to veteran Wang Liqin. He is obviously enjoying the attention and is busy attending functions and taking time to enjoy life. Have a look at him in a luxury yacht.

Ping Pong Charity fundraiser

A Ping Pong (officially called Table Tennis) fundraising event held at Byward Market, Ottawa, was a roaring success. The organizers of the Ottawa Charity Ping Pong Tournament aimed to raise $10,000 but they exceeded the goal by $16, 000. The venue was SpinBin.

Michael Kirkpatrick's team donated $ 5,000 to each charity.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ma Long spearheads Beijing to Chinese Team Championship Title

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Newly crowned World Cup Champion, Ma Long won two rubbers, to lead Beijing to a win over Shanghai in the finals of the Chinese National Team Championships.

Shanghai were a force to reckon with in-form Wang Liqin and the always dangerous Xu Xin. However, Ma Long wriggled out of a tight situation against Liqin to take his team to victory. Hou Yingchao won the other point for Beijing.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Kong Linghui' s partner

Good morning from former World and Olympic Table Tennis Champion, Kong Linghui's partner. Captured in a HD photo shoot.

Liaoning braves win Chinese National Women's Table Tennis Title

The World's toughest Table tennis tournament is on. The fearless rookies from Liaoning won the Chinese Women's Table tennis title beating mighty Beijing, that had Olympic and World Championship medallists. 

Chang Chen Chen was the heroine for Liaoning. Beijing had seasoned Ding Ning and Guo Yan on their team!
We bring you fresh news from China. The Men's team event finals has started. Individual events start from tomorrow.

Chinese National Championships 2012

China Table Tennis. Photo Courtesy Reuters.
The Chinese National Table Tennis Championships are currently on and the Team event finals is actually being played at this time between Shanghai and Beijing in the Men's section.

After the team events, the Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles events will be played. There were a few surprising results in the team events. Zhang Jike's team lost. Zhang himself, just recently crowned Olympic Champion, lost to Wang Liqin quite tamely.

Seedings for the Individual (Men's and Women's Singles events)

Men's Singles

1, Zhang Jike (Shandong)

2, Wang Hao (PLA)

3, Ma Long (Beijing)

4, Xu Xin (Shanghai)

5, Ma Lin (Guangdong)

6, Wang Liqin (Shanghai)

7, Hao Shuai (Tianjin)

8, Chen Qi (PLA)

Women's Singles

1 Li Xiaoxia (Shandong)

2 Ding Ning (Beijing)

3 Liu Shiwen (Guangdong)

4 Guo Yan (Beijing)

5 Guo Yue (Liaoning)

6 Wu Yang (Shanxi Xingrui)

7. Meng (Shandong)

8 Feng Yalan (Hubei) 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Jignesh, Ashlesha, Regan, Manushree win Maharashtra State Table Tennis Titles

Jignesh Rahatwal, Ashlesha Trehan, Regan Alburquerque, and Manushree Patil won the Sub Jr Boys, Girls, Cadet Boys and Girls titles at the Khar Gymkhana State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament.


G Sathiyan, Divya Deshpande win prizes at Egypt Open Table Tennis tournament

G Sathiyan won the Boys  Under 21 title and Divya Deshpande was the finalist at the Egypt Open Table Tennis tournament at Cairo.

Sathiyan beat Mohamed Shouman 4-2 while Divya lost to the seasoned Sara Ramirez of Spain in the finals.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Vasily Lakeev and Sara Ramirez win Egypt Open Table Tennis 2012

Vasily upset the top two players in the semi finals and finals to win the title at Cairo. Sara dominated the Women's singles and beat India's surprise finalist, Divya Deshpande in the finals.

He beat Russian compatriot, Mikhail Paykov, the no.2 seed, at the semi-final stage (11-4, 12-10, 11-9, 11-3), before accounting for top seed, the host nation’s Ahmed Saleh in the final (3-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 4-11, 11-5)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Ping Pong in The Amazing Race

The game of Ping Pong features prominently in the new season of The Amazing Race.

The competitors will line up at Yuanchen Sports Center in Shanghai and each member takes on a Chinese kid at Ping Pong. If they lose the point, they must wait until the kid finishes all the tables and comes back. The kid proceeds to trade the Ping Pong paddle for a clipboard, a frying pan, and a tambourine in successive rounds!

Indian Paddlers for Egypt Open - TTFI news

Soumyajit, Poulomi lead Indian challenge at Cairo

Olympian Soumyajit Ghosh, fresh from his double-crown winning performance at the recdently-concluded National Ranking (Central Zone) Table Tennis Championships at Jodhpur, will spearhead the Indian challenge at the Egypt Open, beginning in Cairo from tomorrow.
He will have for company in the men’s section, Soumyadeep Roy, Jubin Kumar, Sanil Shetty, Harmeet Desai and G.Sathiyan while it will be Poulomi Ghatak who will lead the women’s team at Cairo along with K. Shamini, Olympian Ankita Das, Divya Deshpande, Mousumi Paul and Mamata Prabhu.
They were picked to represent the country after their consistent performances at the Inter-Institutional TT championships in Kolkata in August, the season opener, and the two zonals—the South Zone meet at Bangalore early last month and Central Zone event at Jodhpur last week.
The national selectors, who were at Jodhpur to pick the squad for the December World Junior Championships to be held in Hyderabad, decided that before the Junior Worlds the Egypt Open, which is a Euro-Africa circuit event, which is between October 4 and 7, will serve as a good exposure to the Indians.
“This is one event where paddlers from both Europe and African and Asian nations will compete and will be a good experience for our paddlers,” said TTFI secretary-general Dhanraj Choudhary.  
The team is accompanied by coaches S. Raman and Vijayasarathi Seshadri, who is attached with the Sports Authority of India.
On the eve of the departure, the team members exuded confidence of a good performance. And coach Raman said the “Egypt Open has proved to be lucky hunting ground our paddles in the past and I hope they do put their best foot forward in the event.”   
The team: Men: Soumyajit Ghosh, Soumyadeep Roy, Jubin Kumar, Sanil Shetty, Harmeet Desai and G. Sathiyan.
Women: Poulomi Ghatak, K. Shamini, Ankita Das, Divya Deshpande, Mousmi Paul and Mamata Prabhu.
Coaches: S. Raman and Vijayasarathi Seshadri.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Regan Alberqueque and S Ashwin win Zonal National Table Tennis Titles

Regan Alberqueque and S Ashwin created sensations at the South Zone and the Central Zone Table Tennis National Championships by winning the Cadet Boys titles at Jodhpur and Bengaluru respectively. It is a great achievement and one that makes the Maharashtra Table Tennis community proud.

Ma Long wins World Cup Table Tennis title

Ma Long service
Ma Long won the World Cup Table Tennis tournament at Liverpool by beating Timo Boll convincingly with a score of 11-4, 11-3, 11-8, 11-9.

In the semi finals, Ma Long beat Xu Xin and Timo Boll beat veteran Vladimir Samsonov. 

Incidentally, Ma Long had faced a straight games defeat in his first group match against Chuang Chih-Yuan. Ma was lucky not to face Chuang in the main draw as Samsonov beat Chuang in a thrilling match. Ma Long beat Michael Maze, Xu Xin, and Timo Boll all in straight games in the main draw.