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Preview Day Two (Qualification): Main draw places and Under 21 trophies up for grabs

by Simon Daish Mihai Bobocica and Thiago Monteiro enjoyed positive outings on the first day of qualification action with both the Italian and Brazilian earning comfortable victories in...

Prestigious role for Ryu Seungmin at Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games

Winner of the Men’s Singles title at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games as well as being a vital member of the Korean Team...

Review Day One (Qualification): Play underway in Budapest

by Simon Daish 129 players are competing in the Women’s Singles qualification group stage with the winners of the 43 groups advancing through to the preliminary qualification rounds. Solomiya...

Host nation duo responds, semi-final places booked

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager In the former, Bence Majoros, the no.14 seed, caused a major upset by beating the Czech Republic’s Tomas Polansky, the top seed,...

Top places secured, advice from Fan Zhendong works to perfection

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager Listed at no.311 on the current Men’s World Rankings and with Fan Zhendong allocated the duty of being the coach sitting courtside,...

Leading quartet asserts authority but future of other notable names in balance

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager Tiago Apolonia beat Poland’s Marek Badowski (11-8, 11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9), Cédric Nuytinck accounted for the host nation’s Kristian Nagy (12-10, 9-11,...

Contrary to status, first places secured

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager Listed at no.393 on the current Women’s World Rankings, Sun Jiayi, having beaten Poland’s Natalia Bajor (9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6), concluded...

Positive start for Hungary, with a little help from national hero

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager Notable performances but did Daniel Kriston, a young man with no current world ranking just have an advantage in his win over...

Winner in Almeria and Schwechat, opening defeat in Budapest

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager Li Fen, crowned European champion in Schwechat in 2013, is presently listed at no.59 on current World Rankings, He Zhuojia has no...

Notable names heading to London, player roster unveiled

by Simon Daish Paul Drinkhall, Liam Pitchford and Samuel Walker pulled off an amazing achievement at the Perfect 2016 World Team Championships, defying the odds to finish in the bronze medal position in Kuala Lumpur. The trio, joined by David...

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