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World Title Event Dates Confirmed; Suzhou and the Year a Good Omen for Ma Long?


An odd numbered year and it is favourite hunting ground for one Chinese star; when the city of Suzhou hosts an ITTF World Tour Tournament in an odd numbered year, Ma Long wins the Menís Singles event.

He won in 2009, regained the title in 2011 and won again in 2013. Now is the best possible omen for the 25 year from Anshan City in the province of Liaoning?

In 2015 the city of Suzhou will host the World Championships from Sunday 26th April to Sunday 3rd May.

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Spectacular Climb for Yu Ziyang as New Generation Advances to Greater Heights


Winner of the Menís Singles title at the recent GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Japan Open in Yokohama, Chinaís Yu Ziyang makes a meteoric climb up the Menís World Rankings published by the International Table Tennis Federation on Wednesday 9th July.

The 16 year old moves from no.182 to a career high of no.43 on a list that sees the top names remain the same but several young aspiring players make notable progress, as a result of their international efforts in June.

China continues to dominate the elite names, occupying five of the top six places, the interloper being Germanyís Dimitrij Ovtcharov who remains at no.4. Xu Xin, Ma Long and Fan Zhendong continue to reserve the top three places; Zhang Jike is at no.5 followed by Wang Hao.

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Success in Korea, Han Ying Makes Top Ten Debut


Against expectations crowned Womenís Singles champion at the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Korea Open in June; Han Ying is the name to attract the attention on the Womenís World Rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Wednesday 9th July.

The German moves from no.15 to no.9 and exceeds her previous career high of no.12 earlier this year in April.

Undoubtedly amongst the elite names, the most dramatic progress is that made by Han Ying but there are two further advances of note as a result of fine performances on the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour in June.

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Top Ten Shots: GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Korea Open Revisited

 06/16/2014       ITTF World Tour, Korea Open (Super)

Chinaís Xu Xin and Germanyís Han Ying emerged as the winners of the respective Menís Singles and Womenís Singles events at the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Korea Open in Incheon on the afternoon of Sunday 15th June.

The success recorded by Xu Xin was as predicted, he was the no.1 seed and he was playing in no less than his 14th ITTF World Tour Menís Singles final; conversely Han Ying, the no.7 seed in the Womenís Singles event was competing in her first such final.

En route both displayed their skills to the full; their performances and that of several other leading players on duty in Incheon can be viewed in DHS Top 10 - 2014 Korea Open .

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The Most Followed World Championships in History; Itís Official

 06/13/2014       World Team Table Tennis Championships

Staged from Monday 28th April to Monday 5th May, the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships were officially the most followed World Championships in history.

Across 22 television networks throughout the globe there were 475 combined hours of coverage, including an impressive 50 hours just on China Central Television (CCTV).

The 50 hours on CCTV were watched by a combined total of 188 million people and the women's final had an average viewership of 11.3 million, making it the second most watched sporting programme, not taking into account the Winter Olympics, in China in 2014.

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Agreement Concluded with Rightster Leading Global Video Distribution Company


Partners with a number of prominent sports organisations and bodies; Rightster, a leading global video distribution and monetisation company, has concluded an agreement with the International Table Tennis Federation.

Rightster supports the Australian Football League and SNTV; recognised as the world's leading sports video news agency.

The company will collaborate closely with the International Table Tennis Federation to develop the ITTF YouTube Channel and help maximise exposure and revenue from the channel.

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Support Ibrahim Hamato, Bid on Ebay for Stiga Emerald VPS V - Limited Edition


Away from the glare of the centre court, in the practice hall one man above all was the centre of attention.

In fact the attention he has received since his appearance has excelled that of many who adorned the main arena in the Yoyogi Gymnasium at the ZEN-NOH World Team Championships which concluded on Monday 1st May

Ibrahim Hamato has become a celebrity with the Swedish manufacturer, Stiga, supporting his efforts.

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Major Tournament Dates Ratified and Milestone Reached in Tokyo


The recent ZEN-NOH 2014 World Championships was not only the theatre for the world's best players extol their skills; Tokyo was also the home to allocate the venues and dates for future major tournaments organised under the auspices of the International Table Tennis Federation.

Notably Thailand, with the capital city of Bangkok being the host, secured the bid to stage the most lucrative table tennis event on earth, the GAC Group 2014 World Tour Grand Finals.

An event with a prize fund of US$ 1,000,000 the prestigious tournament will be staged from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th December.

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Media Accreditation, Open for GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Lagos Open


Accreditation for members of the media is open with immediate effect for the forthcoming GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Lagos Open.

A Challenge Series tournament, matters commence on Monday 23rd June and conclude on Thursday 26th June; immediately following the conclusion of the tournament, the Africa Top 16 will be held on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th June.

The closing date for media applications is Sunday 8th June.

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