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New Status for Champions in Spain, Maharu Yoshimura and Jeon Jihee Climb Standings

 03/31/2015      

Success in the respective Menís Singles and Womenís Singles events at the recently concluded GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Spanish Open sees Japanís Maharu Yoshimura and Koreaís Jeon Jihee climb the listings, following the conclusion of proceedings in Almeria.

Maharu Yoshimura enters the order of merit, having on his one previous appearance departed in the qualification stages, when beaten in the concluding preliminary round in Germany by Qatarís Li Ping. He appears at no.10 on the Menís Singles Standings (200 points).

A highly rated position for Maharu Yoshimura, it is even higher for Jeon Jihee; she advances from no.20 to no.8 (300 points).

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Ma Long on Top of the World, Meteoric Rise for Mima Ito

 03/23/2015      

Success in Bremen on Sunday 22nd March means that Chinaís Ma Long not only occupies top spot on the Menís World Ranking, also he occupies top spot on the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Menís Singles Standing.

He climbs one place to head the list (1,000 points), changing positions with Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus, who is now in second spot (625 points).

At the recently concluded GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour German Open, Vladimir Samsonov was beaten narrowly at the quarter-final stage by Chinaís Zhang Jike.

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Media Scholarship Students Named for QOROS 2015 World Championships

 03/10/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

Shuang Li, Christoph Prinz and Anne-Sophie Jean are the three Media Scholarship interns who will attend the forthcoming QOROS 2015 World Championships, to be staged in the Chinese city of Suzhou from Sunday 26th April to Sunday 3rd May.

They will be present throughout the eight days of the tournament working alongside staff of the International Table Tennis Federation, being able to gain a detailed insight into the work necessary to broadcast news in all forms to the world.

It is a quite unique opportunity to work at one of planet earthís most extensive global events.

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One Year in Second Place, Ma Long Returns to Top of World Rankings

 03/05/2015      

Crowned Menís Singles champion at the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Kuwait Open just under three weeks ago, after a period of one year in second place behind Chinese National Team compatriot, Xu Xin, the 26 year old returns to the pinnacle.

He is named in the no.1 spot on the Menís World Rankings issued on Thursday 5th March and thus regains the position he last held in February 2014.

It is the 31st time, since he first secured the prestigious position in January 2010, that Ma Long has occupied the top spot.

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Success in Kuwait Means Progress for Li Xiaoxia but Ding Ning Still Leads Rankings

 03/05/2015      

Winner of the Womenís Singles title at the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Kuwait Open in early February, Li Xiaoxia moves one place closer to securing the position she last held in October 2011; the most recent date when she stood at the pinnacle of the World Rankings.

Previously named at no.3, a position she had held for no less than 19 consecutive weeks, the reigning Olympic and World champion is now at no.2 on the listings published for March 2015.

It is a position she last owned in July 2013.

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Ask a Pro Anything: The Dancing Queen Not Only in the Playing Arena

 02/25/2015      

Need a lesson in footwork, there is nobody better to study than Koreaís Seo Hyowon; she is the Dancing Queen of the table tennis world, a fact she proves in more ways than one in ďAsk a Pro AnythingĒ

The 27 year is the latest to be featured in the series compered by Adam Bobrow, with Joo Saehyuk acting in the role of interpreter.

Light hearted questions are the order of the day for the player who is rather different from those from native country or from the continent of Asia.

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GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour German Open, Media Accreditation Open

 02/18/2015       ITTF World Tour, German Open (Super)

Media accreditation is now open for the forthcoming GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour German Open to be staged in Bremen from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd March.

A Super Series tournament, an overall prize fund of US$ 220,000 is on offer, with the winners of each of the Menís Singles and Womenís Singles events collecting US$ 26,000.

Understandably, as it is an event which has gained a high class reputation over the years, a large and impressive entry has been received.

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Forehand Repetition, Time and Time Again, is Ma Long a Robot?

 02/17/2015      

A forehand that just repeated and repeated and repeated; it was the principal weapon that has brought success for Ma Long over the years and it was the principal weapon that brought success for the 26 year old Chinese star in the Menís Singles event at the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Kuwait Open which concluded on Sunday 15th February.

The forehand was repeated with robotic regularity but does that suggest Ma Long is a robot?

It was one of the questions put to the Chinese star by Adam Bobrow in the new series entitled: Ask A Pro Anything.

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Success in Hungary, New Heights for Misako Wakamiya

 02/08/2015      

Japanís Misako Wakamiya, the winner of the Womenís Singles title at the recently completed GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Hungary Open, is the player to make the most startling rise in the higher echelons of the Womenís World Rankings.

On the listings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Saturday 7th February, which are once again headed by Chinaís Ding Ning, she climbs from no.44 to no.24.

It is the highest status of her career; her previous best being no.29 in August 2014.

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