Liu Guoliang on whos better: Jan Ove Waldner or Ma Long!

Tue, 30 Apr 2019 06:59:00 -0700

Last weekend saw Ma Long claim gold at the 2019 World Championships. This is the third World Championship title Ma Long has secured in his career, bringing up the question among many fans, does this make Ma Long the greatest table tennis player of all time? Well one person had their say, Liu Guoliang! Liu Guoliang and Ma Long (Photo by ITTF Flickr) USA's Kanak Jha just finished a practice session with Ma Long on the 19th April and asked the question to Liu Guoliang, "who would

The 2019 World Table Tennis Championships Draw Revealed!

Sat, 20 Apr 2019 15:22:00 -0700

The draw for the 2019 World Table Tennis Championships took place this morning revealing some potentially huge showdowns. Ma Long vs Fan Zhendong - Photo via ITTF Flickr The most notable possible showdown is between the number 1 seed Fan Zhendong and number 11 seed Ma Long. The two players met in the Asian Cup final just

China's Rivals at the 2019 World Table Tennis Championships!

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:24:00 -0700

The World Championships are approaching quickly and as always Team China are preparing rigorously for the major tournament starting on April 21st. The Chinese National table tennis team have been taking part in closed training in Shenzhen. In the practice halls where both the women’s and the men’s team train, they have put up a reminder of who their toughest opponents will be in Budapest. Each of the pictures (see below) is separated into 3 tiers and is based on ranking

Ma Long Selected for the 2019 World Table Tennis Championships!

Fri, 08 Mar 2019 13:56:00 -0800

Ma Long is due to make his long awaited return to international table tennis at next month’s World Championships in Budapest. He has been away from international competition for over 6 months. Ma Long with his 2017 World Championships trophy! The Chinese National Table Tennis Association has officially announced his selection alongside Fan Zhendong (the winner of the Marvalous 12 qualification tournament), Xu Xin, Lin Gaoyuan and Liang Jingkun.

Liu Guoliang's New Tough Point System for the China National Team!

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 08:26:00 -0800

Liu Guoliang has thrown down the gauntlet to his coaching team at the Chinese Table Tennis Association by unveiling a new results-based evaluation system to determine their earnings. Piling on the pressure, two time Olympic champion and former Grand Slam winner Liu Guoliang stated that he has agreed to lose his entire salary as chairman should any group fail to meet their requirements. The coaching squad structure has changed with the men’s and women’s teams being split into A and B squads. Each squad

Ma Long's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Dreams At Threat!

Wed, 27 Feb 2019 09:06:00 -0800

With the recent news that Ma Long will not be competing in the upcoming Marvellous 12 competition and with his injury woes continuing, the question of whether Ma Long will be able to defend his Olympic crown in Tokyo 2020 is cropping up. Will Ma Long play at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games? Will Ma Long's injuries prevent the Grand Slam Champion from playing at 2019 World Table Tennis Championships and 2020 Olympic Games. Chinese national team coach Zhang Lei told reporters of his concerns stating

The Marvelous 12 is back... Everything you need to know!

Wed, 30 Jan 2019 21:52:00 -0800

The Chinese national team selection competition dubbed the Marvellous 12 by fans is back. This is the competition used by the Chinese table tennis association to select one of China’s top players to represent the nation at the ITTF World Championships in Budapest this April. One singles entry out of the five available by each association will be awarded to the winner of both the men’s and the women’s round robin competition. Ma Long and Fan Zhendong - World Championship Final 2017 - Photo: ITTF

Liu Guoliang clears the air on Ma Long's current situation

Wed, 30 Jan 2019 03:46:00 -0800

One big name has been missing from the international table tennis circuit over the last 5 months. The current World and Olympic Champion has been absent from the World Tour since his round of 32 defeat to Liam Pitchford at the ITTF World Tour Bulgaria Open on 16 August 2018. Ma Long - Photo by: ITTF Flickr Ma Long vs Liam Pitchford below:

Fang Bo destroys towel box in Chinese Super League Match

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 23:21:00 -0800

Former World Number 8, Fang Bo, has apologised for his actions in his loss to Zhao Zhaoyan whilst competing for his club Tianjin Quanjian in the Chinese Super League on New Year’s Eve. After a dispute with the umpire over a let service, Fang violently kicked the towel box situated next to the assistant umpire. See the incident here: