Fan Zhendong wins the ITTF Men’s World Cup for the second time

STIGA player and current world number one Fan Zhendong has won the ITTF Men’s World Cup for the second time in his career, making him the youngest two-time World Cup champion ever.
Fan Zhendong beat Timo Boll 4-1. Timo Boll has never beaten Fan in any of their meetings. Fan Zhendongs blade is a Stiga Infinity VPS

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Sophie Ackred wins the under 11 Girls at Bishop Auckland

Congratulations to Stiga player Sophie Ackred who won the under 11 Girls at Bishop Auckland this weekend following her 2 Star win at Blackpool the previous weekend. Well done Sophie.

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Stiga player Jamie Liu is awarded the 2017 Male Junior Sports Personality of the Year 2017

 

Stiga player Tin Tin Ho does the hat trick at the senior nationals

Congratulations to Stiga Player Tin Tin Ho who retained her Women’s Singles title and with a hat trick won the under 21’s Women’s and the mixed doubles at the weekend at the senior nationals in London.
 
Here are the details:
 
Another national title for Tin-Tin Ho
Tin-Tin Ho retained her recent stranglehold over the women’s final and opponent Kelly Sibley in a high-class final characterised by plenty of superb exchanges.
 
Meeting in the final for the fourth successive year, it was a third win in a row for the Londoner.
 
Sibley attempted to move Ho around the court and power winners past her, but Ho was at her relentless best for much of the match, getting ball after ball back on the table and forcing errors as well as hitting winners of her own.
 
So quick was she around the court that Sibley lamented afterwards that Ho was like a whippet.
 
Sibley did make a good start, winning the first, and she continued to play well and to go for her shots.
 
Ho feels she has benefited from playing in Austria for the Linz club as she takes a gap year before university,
 
She said: “I’ve been in Austria almost a year and I feel my game is coming on and I’m more confident and relaxed on the table.
 
“I think all the finals have been equally as hard but this time Kelly was setting herself up in rallies and I was missing a few shots. But I started getting more back on the table and I’m really happy with how I played in the end.”
 
Sibley said: “I’d rather lose going for it. I feel I’m playing really well and that showed in the quarter-finals and semis. I felt really strong and I was timing the ball well.
 
“I always knew the final was going to be tough but I went in for the first time in a lot of years feeling that the pressure wasn’t on me in the final.
 
“Hats off to her, she coped really well with that pressure. I’m disappointed, but I’m feeling very positive about my game and that my table tennis is going in the right direction for Gold Coast.”
 
Earlier on the final day, Sibley got off to a flying start in the first semi-final against Maria Tsaptsinos, taking the opening two 11-5 and 11-3 in a match characterised by some dynamic forehand exchanges.
 
When she trailed 3-8 in the third, it seemed as if a battle might develop, but Sibley worked her way back to lead 10-9. Tsaptsinos won the next two to hold a game point, but Sibley saved it with the aid of a net cord and forced her opponent into two mistakes on the next two points.
 
Sibley’s fist pump and ‘Cho’ at the end of the game showed how important it was, but it was not yet won and lost. The fourth was tight as Tsaptsinos, at times frustrated with herself, fought for every ball. She held game points at 10-9 and 11-10 in that one, but again Sibley saved them and two netted returns by Tsaptsinos concluded the match.
 
The other semi-final saw Ho fired up and too powerful for Karina Le Fevre, who battled gamely but just didn’t have the weaponry to land enough blows on a consistent basis.
 
Le Fevre got to 9-9 and 10-10 in the fourth, saving a match point but a backhand drifted long to present Ho with her second chance to win it. We were made to wait as Charles Ho called a time-out to settle any possible nerves, and a netted return by Le Fevre settled the issue.
 
Author: Paul Stimpson
Publish date: March 4, 2018
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Tin Tin Ho retains her title in the women’s singles at the Senior Nationals.

Congratulations to Stiga player Tin Tin Ho who retained her title in the women’s singles yesterday at the Senior Nationals in London.
 
Full report below:
 
Tin-Tin Ho successfully defended her title (photo by Alan Man)
Ho, who has more than 40 national titles through the age groups, said: “I think we just know each other’s games so well and we’ve played in so many finals, there’s a mental aspect too.
 
“She played well – I struggled when I received half-long and she got in. I was under pressure but I managed to turn it around with a bit of luck as well.
 
“Every title has equal value, so I’m really happy to win.”
 
Tsaptsinos’ verdict was: “It was very, very close. I think throughout the day I worked my way up to play near my maximum.
 
“It was quite tactical and strategic but it just slipped away at the end. There were a few opportunities I didn’t take, but she played well.
 
“I’m happy with the way I played, but obviously I’d have liked to win in my last year as an under-21.”
 
Earlier, in the men’s quarters, Sam Mabey came from 2-1 down to upset third seed Josh Bennett in six, while Luke Savill, who had been 3-0 up against Shayan Siraj, saw his younger opponent take the next two before he was able to close it out in the sixth.
 
In fact, none of the quarters were decided in four straight – Adam Jepson took a game off Weerasinghe and Ethan Walsh took one off Jarvis.
 
By contrast, all the women’s quarter-finals were all over after four games – Ho against Mollie Patterson and Emily Bolton against Megan Gidney featuring closer game scores than Charlotte Bardsley’s victory over Sarah Menghistab or Tsaptsinos’ defeat of Bethany Farnworth.
 
Ho continued her record of not dropping a game as she saw off Bardsley in the semi-finals, but Tsaptsinos had to fight past Bolton, who twice levelled the score before the senior England player made sure in six.
 
Author: Paul Stimpson
Publish date: March 1, 2018
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The Chinese men’s team win the ITTF World Cup In London.

The Chinese Women’s team that win the ITTF Team World Cup

Congratulations to the Chinese Women’s team that won the ITTF Team World Cup for a 10th time in London this weekend.

China are the women’s champions of the ITTF Team World Cup for a 10th time.

The trio of Zhu Yuling, Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning dismantled Japan 3-0 at the Copper Box Arena in London today to reach the landmark – astonishingly, China have only failed to win the tournament once since it began in 1990.

Each match saw Japan occasionally threaten but each time China slammed the door shut, to the delight of a partisan crowd.

Indeed, whenever Japan had the temerity to string a few points together, it was a rolling wave of noise from their spectators which roused them.

The doubles saw Liu Shiwen & Ding Ning up against 17-year-olds Hina Hayata & Mima Ito, two right-hand/left-hand combinations.

It was the Japanese who started strongly and, at 7-5 up, they would have entertained thoughts of claiming the first game – until six successive Chinese points put paid to that.

China controlled the next game from 3-3, stretching away to take it to six, but Japan came back in the third as Ito began skilfully manoeuvring the ball around the table, stretching her opponents and allowing the second seeds to build a 5-2 and 9-3 lead which was enough to get them over the line.

But the top seeds were not for shaking and a 10-4 lead in the fourth left them on the brink of getting the first rubber on the board.

Two match points saved prompted a timeout, and two more saved might have prompted the jitters. But China don’t really do the jitters, and the next point was theirs, the first step taken towards the trophy.

It was Zhu Yuling who was charged with taking the second step and she barely allowed Kasumi Ishikawa a look-in, though the Japanese closed from 4-1 down to 4-4 in the first and traded points to the same score in the third.

But that was really as good as it got as the powerful up-close play of Zhu was too much for the world No 4. Ishikawa is ranked only two places behind her opponent but the closeness on paper was a chasm on the court.

The other talking point of the match was a yellow card for Zhu, issued by English umpire Josh Reynolds, for taking too long over a serve. It was something she agreed with – her on court interview response of “too slow” needing no translation for the laughing crowd.

And so to Ding Ning, world and Olympic champion. At 0-4 she resembled a classic car with a slightly temperamental ignition. By 4-4 she was firing nicely and by 8-4, she was revving hard.

And like a classic car, there was a grace to her performance, even in lunging defensive shots to get the ball back on the table as opponent Ito tried to move her around court, there was a unhurried poise about her.

That first game was won 11-7, the second 11-9, aided by a net cord on game point as Ito briefly engineered a decent position.

The third saw Ding open a box of tricks. Going 5-2 up, the first energetic ‘Cho’ came out; there was another at 6-4 after an amazing, high-tempo rally. And at that point, the famous tomahawk serve was dusted down, two quick points moving China to 8-4.

The tomahawk wasn’t quite the final axe for Japan’s hopes – in fact, Ito won the next two Ding serves against the weapon – but after one match point was saved, Ito netted and the title was once again China’s property.

A trophy selfie (picture by Alan Man)

Results

China 3 Japan 0
Liu Shiwen & Ding Ning bt Hina Hayata & Mima Ito 3-1 (11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8)
Zhu Yuling bt Kasumi Ishikawa 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-7)
Ding Ning bt Mima Ito 3-0 (11-7, 11-9, 11-8)

Author: Paul Stimpson

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England host the 2018 Table Tennis Team World Cup – here is the schedule

If you didn’t already know England is hosting the 2018 Table Tennis Team World Cup, this weekend. The event takes place at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 22-25 February.

It will be the first major table tennis-only event to be held in London since Wembley hosted the 1954 World Championships.
If you don’t want to miss a moment of then there is a quick guide and link at the bottom of this newsletter as to where you can watch the proceedings unfold.

Table tennis fans in the United Kingdom can watch the event play out on the BBC Sport website or BBC Sport App with the England matches on table 1 also being featured on the BBC red button.

Below is the schedule for all the games.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/table-tennis
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