It's no coincidence that someone is at the top of the world ranking at 21, Fan Zhendong achieved this feat. Besides he is a four-time world champion, three times in teams, once in men’s doubles. In 2017 he was very close to the singles crown losing 12:10 the decisive set in the final against Ma Long. Whom he is very often compared to because of their style of play, though he works more on legs. Even short track speed skaters would probably envy his thigh muscles. He has nice memories from Budapest where he won two gold medals at the 2018 ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open.
Ma Long is one of best table tennis players of all time. In 2006 he became a world champion at the age of 17 in the teams. Now “Captain Long” has ten gold medals from the world championships, although in singles he had to wait for the first one until 2015, in 2017 he successfully defended his title. Ma Long had a similar relationship with the Olympics where he won the singles only once (2016), but made the double with the Chinese team in 2012 and 2016. He has held the ranking of number one for a total of 64 months (and 34 consecutive months from March 2015), more than any other male player. His five World Tour victories in a row are also a record. With the 2016 Olympic gold he became only the fifth man in the history of table tennis after Jan-Ove Waldner, Liu Guoliang, Kong Linghui and Zhang Jike who won the Olympics, the World Championships and the World Cup in singles.
The most thundering wonderkid of the last few years. In 2016 he was not even 13 when he won the 2016 U-21Japan Open title, making him the youngest player to achieve this feat. Although if somebody starts playing table tennis at the age of two… In addition, both parents were former professional players, by the way Chinese. The 15-year-old super talent was born as Zhang Zhihe in Japan but only became a Japanese citizen in 2014, when he was named Harimoto. Since then, he has been getting bigger and bigger scales among adults, no wonder he is already ranked sixth in the world rankings.
Bence Majoros is perhaps the most promising member of the emerging Hungarian generation. He started at one of the best Hungarian workshops in Nyírbátor and moved to Germany as a teenager. 2018 was a milestone in Bence's career. In that year he reached the top 100 in the world rankings and left Dortmund’s second league team for the first class Bad Königshofen. He was only 21 years old, but he was already beating players such as Mattias Karlsson, Aleksandar Karakasevic, Joao Monteiro, Quadri Aruna or Tomás Polansky. This impressive list hopefully will be extended at the World Championships in Budapest.
She is currently the best Hungarian female table tennis player. Gina started playing table tennis at the age of five in 1990, enhanced club Statisztika’s reputation between 1994 and 2008, and since then she is the player of TTC Berlin. She celebrated her first adult championship title as a 15-year-old girl, later became European Champion in teams (2007) and women’s doubles (2008). Her old dream, to gather a medal in singles at European championships, has so far failed to come true. Gina was ranked 14th in the world rankings at her best in 2015. In recent years, she has been invited to the T2 Asia-Pacific super league, as well as to the Indian Super League.
Zhu Yuling defeated her compatriot Liu Shiwen in the 2017 Women's World Cup final in a huge battle (4:3), leading her to the top of the world rankings. She was born in 1995 and was already a member of the Chinese national team at the age of 15, since then won the World Championships three times in teams and once in women’s doubles. As an 18-year-old she had a bronze medal in singles from the World Championships and became runner-up in this event in 2017. Zhu Yuling could easily collect the missing gold medal in Budapest. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she was named as a reserve in the Chinese national team that defended its title.
Ding Ning is the best and most successful female player in the 2010s. The left-handed ace won the World Championships three times in singles (2011, 2015, 2017), once in women’s doubles and three times in teams. At the Olympics Ding Ning could have reached the top in 2012, but in the final the umpire deducted three penalty points from her because of service violation, leading her losing the match against compatriot Li Xiaoxia in tears. Four years later at the Rio Olympics nobody could stop her, so now she is a three-time Olympic champion (2 in teams and 1 in singles).
At her primary school graduation, Ishikawa wrote in the yearbook that her dream was playing at the Olympics. At the age of 19, she achieved this goal winning silver medal in London with the Japanese team, while in 2016, in Rio, they finished third. She could not break the Chinese domination for a long time neither at the World Championships, but in 2017 in Düsseldorf Ishikawa stood on the top of the podium on Maharu Yoshimura’s side with whom she won the mixed doubles. In the same year she climbed to third place in the world rankings, and since then it is her best position. One of her coaches is Chinese, so she copes with Mandarin, and she hopes to speak English one day.
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