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Second Step of Podium in Kobe but Zhu Yuling Achieves New High


Runners up spot at the recently concluded GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Japan Open in Kobe but for Chinaís Zhu Yuling it is new heights; she is listed at no.4 on the Womenís World Rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Thursday 2nd July.

She climbs two positions and exceeds her previous best of no.5 which she last held earlier this year in May. Equally there is progress for her compatriot, Chen Meng, the player against whom she experienced defeat in the Kobe final.

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Progress Continues, Higher, Higher and Even Higher for Maharu Yoshimura


One year ago when the Menís World Rankings were issued for June 2014, he stood at no.109; when the New Year dawned he had made significant advancement to no.57; now on the listings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Thursday 2nd July 2015, the name of Japanís Maharu Yoshimura appears at no.20.

Previously ten places lower, he now enjoys the highest rating of his career; the elevation being a direct result of his efforts at the recent GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Japan Open, when he finished in runners up spot in the Menís Singles event, eventually losing to Chinaís Xu Xin.

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Spectacular Qoros 2015 World Championships, Relive the Drama of Suzhou

 06/23/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

The dust has settled but the memories of the Qoros 2015 World Championships will live long in the memory as the host nationís Ma Long closed the curtain on proceedings by winning the Menís Singles title to succeed his compatriot Zhang Jike.

A theatrical setting, as the players entered the arena on stepping stones, was created by state of the art lighting to add a sense of drama to the occasion; drama, there was no shortage, the excitement of the occasion is encapsulated in The Spectacular 2015 World Table Tennis Championships.

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Million Dollar Transfer to Barcelona? Has Josep Anton Valazquez Made it Possible?


Football, freestyle is the skill of Englandís John Farnworth; he is not a player of international renown and is not likely to replace Wayne Rooney from his role as the countryís captain or gain a mega multi dollar transfer to Barcelona.

Now could that be about to change? I doubt Wayne Rooney is about to step aside of if manager Roy Hodgson is about to step aside but could Lionel Messiís place be in doubt?

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Second Title of Year, Maharu Yoshimura Continues to Climb World Rankings


The top step of the medal podium when proceedings concluded at the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Zagreb (Croatia) Open; Japanís Maharu Yoshimura is the player to make the most significant progress on the Menís World Rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Monday 8th June.

Listed at no.43 in April, a career high following his success in Spain, a position he maintained in May; the 21 year old is now at no.30 on a list that sees those who also enjoyed success on the ITTF World Tour in the past month, climb the listings.

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Ask a Pro Anything, Meet Mima Ito, Not the Youngest!


The winner on the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour in Germany and Belarus, Japanís Mima Ito, only 14 years of age, leads the Womenís Singles Standings; it is a quite phenomenal achievement.

Furthermore, leading the list is nothing new for the teenager and emerging successful at a young age is nothing new. She won the Girlsí Singles title at the Chinese Taipei Junior and Cadet Open when only 10 years old and when 13 years of age led the ITTF World Tour Womenís Doubles Standings with her colleague, the six months older Miu Hirano.

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The Spirit of Pong, Fictional Character Travels to Learn Chinese Secrets


Written by Larry Hodges of the United States The Spirit of Pong is a table tennis novel which features an American who travels to China to learn the secrets of table tennis.

The fictional character, Andy ĎShoesí Blue, practises and learns from past champions who have become legendary names.

A comparatively short novel, exactly 100 pages long; a total of 14 chapters, the publication is available at Amazon in print and Kindle versions.

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Lisbon to Host GAC Group 2015 World Tour Grand Finals


Home for the TMS 2014 European Championships, the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon will host the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals.

The tournament will be staged from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th December; furthermore, the event will be organized alongside the third edition of the ITTF Star Awards, a gala dinner to celebrate the achievements of the worldís leading players.

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Ding Ning Retains Top Spot, Mima Ito Becomes Youngest Ever to Reach Top Twelve


Elevated to the no.1 spot in November 2011, a position she regained eight months ago in October 2014, Chinaís Ding Ning once again heads the Womenís World Rankings.

She is listed at no.1, following the conclusion of proceedings in the QOROS 2015 World Championships in Suzhou on Sunday 3rd May; a tournament where she gained the admiration of all by winning the Womenís Singles event, despite suffering an ankle injury as the contest against colleague Liu Shiwen reached its climax.

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