Tip of the Week
The World Championships finished today, and by today I mean Tokyo time, meaning it's already over. And guess what? It's hard to believe, but once again China came out of NOWHERE to sweep everything . . . again. Okay, that's sarcasm; I figured there was about a 90% chance they'd sweep it all. It would have taken an earthquake to stop them - and there was an earthquake in Tokyo just yesterday, just not enough to stop the unstoppable from being unstoppable.
On the men's side, Germany gave them a good battle in the final, but Ma Long proved to be the Chinese hero. Ma started things off by defeating Timo Boll at 6,9,9. Timo actually led all three games but Ma came back each time. In the second match things got interesting as Dimitrij Ovtcharov upset reigning men's world champion Zhang Jike at 11,8,6. Then Xu Xin dispatched the German #3, Patrick Franziska, at 5,2,8. Then it was Dimitrij against Ma, with the German hoping to find lightning a second time and send things into the fifth and final set - but Ma was way too much, winning at 10,5,2.
Here are videos of the men's matches:
The women's final between China and Japan was taking place as I write this, and I plan on posting this as soon as it's done. In the first match Ding Ning of China defeated Yuka Ishigaki at 5,-8,2,5. In the second match it was Li Xiaoxia over Kasumi Ishikawa, 8,7,7. In the third and final match (which just finished as I write this), it was Liu Shiwen over Sayaka Hirano at 4,2,5.
I'll post video of the women's final tomorrow - it doesn't seem to be up yet at TTCountenance. (I prefer to use them because they take the time out between points. It's possible others do this as well, but I'm not sure.)
China has now won Men's Teams at the Worlds seven consecutive times, and nine of the last ten. Due to a blip in 2010 where they were upset by Singapore, China has won Women's Teams "only" two consecutive times (ending a streak of eight consecutive wins) - but they've won it all but twice since 1975, including ten of the last eleven and 18 of the last 20.
You can get complete results and articles at the ITTF World Championship Page. You can find videos of all the great action at the tt-news page. (TTCountenance has also been putting the videos up, with time between points removed.) Here are Daily Video Reviews. And here are the daily World Championship Newsletters, with one more to come.
And speaking of Chinese domination…
ITTF Introduces Changes. Are They to Reduce Chinese Domination?
USA at the Worlds
Bruce Liu did daily rundowns on the USA Team. Here they are:
Lily Zhang was the women's team star. She went in with a world ranking of #109 from March (but off the list in April due to inactivity), and compiled the following 7-2 record (with special thanks to compiler John Olsen):
- Viktoria Pavlovich, world #11
- Georgina Pota, world #35
- Szandra Pergel, world #90
- Ana-Maria Erdelji, world #101
- Alexandra Privalova, world #102
- Andrea Todorovic, world #157
- Miao Miao, world #224 in February
- Yuka Ishigaki, world #38
- Chen Szu-Yu, world #54
Day 7 Shot of the Day at the Worlds
Here's video (52 sec, shown twice from different angles) of an incredible rally in the Men's Semifinals between Japan's Jun Mizutani and Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov. Here are other Shots and Moments of the Day from the Worlds.
$16,000 Butterfly St. Louis Open
Want more of a USA table tennis fix? Here are all of Barbara Wei's articles on the $16,000 Butterfly St. Louis Open, held this weekend. I linked to the early ones on Friday, but here are all eight articles.
- April 28: St. Louis Open Hopes to Set Example with U.S. Citizens Only "Elite Event"
- April 29: St. Louis Open Stepping Stone to Dream for Joey Cochran
- April 30: St. Louis Open Part of Larger Plan for Top Seed Mark Hazinski
- May 1: Player, Coach, Innovator and Blogger, Samson Dubina Hopes to Steal Top Honors at St. Louis Open
- May 3: Inaugural Butterfly St. Louis Open to Begin Saturday with Highly Anticipated “Elite Event”
- May 4: Joey Cochran – Star of St. Louis Open “Elite Singles” Event
- May 4: Exciting First Day of Play at 2014 Butterfly St. Louis Open
- May 4: Mark Hazinski Avenges Loss in Elite Singles by Winning Open Singles at St. Louis Open
Robots vs. Multiball
Here's the article and video (3:45) from PingSkills.
Meet Penn State's Own Marcus "Pingpong" Jackson
Here's the article on this former MDTTC prodigy!
Ariel Hsing vs. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett
As they do every year, at an annual gathering of gadzillionaires, they brought in Ariel Hsing to play the two she calls "Uncle Bill" and "Uncle Warren." (I think she won.) Here is video (after an irritating 30 sec commercial), and here are ten photos (click on photo to see the next one).
Phoenix - Trying To Be Cool
Here's video of this music video. The link should take you directly to 2:25, where there's several seconds of rather intense table tennis action!
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