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Let Me Entertain You; Marcos Freitas and Elizabeta Samara Dazzle in Olomouc

 09/05/2014       ITTF World Tour, Czech Open (Major)

Portugal’s Marcos Freitas and Romania’s Elizabeta Samara emerged as the winners of the respective Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events at the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Czech Open in Olomouc on Sunday 31st August.

They emerged successful in an enthralling tournament that witnessed a series of thrilling full distance contests, Elizabeta Samara won against expectations; whilst Marcos Freitas proved the master of the deciding seventh game. Only one of his six matches did not go the full distance!

Such was the intensity of the competition, such was the excitement; it is reflected in the DHS Top Ten Shots .

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One Step Nearer the Inevitable, Fan Zhendong Climbs the World Rankings


Gold medallist in both the Men’s Singles and Team events at the recent Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, China’s Fan Zhendong moves towards what seems to be the inevitable; being the player whose name appears at top of the list.

On the Men’s World Rankings, issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Friday 5th September, the 17 year old changes places with Ma Long and climbs one place to a career high no.2 behind Xu Xin.

He retains his top billing on a list that sees China occupy the top four places.

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Champion in Czech Republic, Dramatic Rise for Elizabeta Samara


Winner of the Women’s Singles title at the GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour Czech Open, Romania’s Elizabeta Samara is the player to make the most dramatic rise amongst the elite names in the Women’s World Rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Friday 5th September.

She climbs from no.22 to enjoy a career best of no.13; her previous highest listing being one place lower at no.14 in January 2013.

A major climb but at the very top of the list, there is no change; China’s Liu Shiwen remains at no.1 for the 13th consecutive week and for the 22nd time in her career.

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Impressive Numbers for YouTube Channel During Nanjing Youth Olympic Games

 08/30/2014       Second Youth Olympic Games

Table Tennis underlined is status as one of the top sports in the Olympic Movement by obtaining the second most views on the YouTube channel of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.

Staged in the Wutaishan Gymnasium from Sunday 17th to Saturday 23rd August, the Table Tennis competition attracted huge attention.

Impressively, the event was watched by over 135,000 enthusiasts, an average of 4,500 views per video.

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Commonwealth Games Effect, Progress for Champion, New Heights for Englishmen


Winner of the Men’s Singles title at the recent Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Singapore’s Zhan Jian is the player to make to greatest progress amongst the leading names on the Men’s World Rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Friday 8th August.

He climbs from no.34 to no.26 and approaches his highest ever listing. In December 2012 he reached no.23, a position he also held in January and February 2013, as well as later in the year in October.

Furthermore, not so marked, there is also progress for Zhan Jian’s colleague, Gao Ning, the player he beat in the Glasgow final. He advances one place to no.11 and approaches his best of no.9 in April 2008.

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Plastic Composite Ball Mandatory for Sanctioned and World Title Events


Commencing on Tuesday 1st July 2014 all International Table Tennis Federation sanctioned and World Title events will be played using plastic composite balls instead of the traditional celluloid ball.

There are no changes to the regulations already in place; plastic balls have been in accordance with regulations since the 1950's.

Table tennis events may still be played using celluloid balls.

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219 Submissions to the ITTF's P5 Plan


We have received over 200 submissions to the ITTF’s P5 Plan.

“Top 5 in All We Do” has become the ITTF’s motto to help us focus on reaching our collective objective.

The design of the DBI (data-base intelligence) databases (4) will start on Wednesday 6 August 2014. So, for those that have their ideas, suggestions, input and objectives, ready but did not have time to send them, you can still do so by e-mail before midnight on Tuesday 5 August 2014 to:

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Success in Korea, Han Ying Makes Top Ten Debut


Against expectations crowned Women’s 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 Women’s 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)

China’s Xu Xin and Germany’s Han Ying emerged as the winners of the respective Men’s Singles and Women’s 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 Men’s Singles final; conversely Han Ying, the no.7 seed in the Women’s 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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