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21 – 22 APRIL | QUALIFICATIONS
23 – 24 APRIL | MAIN DRAW
25 – 26 APRIL | QUARTERFINALS, SEMIFINALS
27th APRIL | SEMIFINALS, FINALS
28th APRIL | FINALS

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This is your excellent chance to watch the best table tennis players all over the World. Book your seats now. Tickets and season tickets are available. Cheer for your favourite player at the closest point of the World Championships.

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Players to watch out for

Fan Zhendong

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.

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Players to watch out for

Ma Long

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.

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Players to watch out for

Tomokazu Harimoto

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.

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Bence Majoros

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.

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Players to watch out for

Georgina Pota

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.

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Players to watch out for

Zhu Yuling

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.

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Ding Ning

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).

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Players to watch out for

Kasumi Ishikawa

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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Players to watch out for

Timo Boll

The left-handed German maestro has been in the elite of the world since the early 2000s and is a role model for many younger or even older players, by the way one of the few European table tennis players who can cope with the best Chinese players. In 2003 Boll was the first German number one of the world rankings. He regained the top spot in 2011 and 2018. He won one silver and two bronze medals in teams at the Olympics, while he was the best at the European Championships 17 times, seven time in singles. Recently he was back on the continent’s throne in 2018, 16 years after his first single crown. Boll has only one bronze in singles from the World Championships. He has fought with injuries through his career, mostly with his back, but in perfect condition he can do anything in Budapest.

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Players to watch out for

Hugo Calderano

He is the first ever player from Latin America to reach the Top 10 of the ITTF World Rankings – since then Calderano is at the doorstep of the Top 5. As a child he was a talented volleyball player and long jumper but finally chose the small white ball. At the age of 14 he left his home to live and practice in São Caetano do Sul, with the Brazilian team. In 2014 he moved to the German college in Ochsenhausen. The 22-year-old Brazil young man is 100% committed to table tennis, never drinks alcohol and his popularity is growing steadily. He has been dominating America for four years now, but more and more has to reckon with him at the bigger competitions.

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Players to watch out for

Chen Meng

The 25-year-old Chen Meng returned home with gold medals from the last three team World Championships with the Chinese team, but she does not have any WC-medals in singles. She started 2018 as the world No.1 and has not slipped out from the Top 5 since then. She does not sleep well when she has an important competition, but rather her opponents may have sleepless nights. Chen Meng fell in love with table tennis in her early years. Her mother, who was a former table tennis player, usually threatened not to bring her to training if she misbehaves. She was afraid every time she heard it – and probably behaved like an angel.

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Players to watch out for

Mima Ito

Small but strong and particularly speed. We can describe the 150 cm tall Mima Ito briefly, who became the youngest person to win a match at the Japanese senior table tennis championships at the age of ten. Her progress did not break, seven years later, in 2018 she was the world No. 5. She is very strong mentally and she could not have more confidence – as a 15-year-old girl she stated that Chinese players are not so difficult to fight against. True enough, she beats them more and more. Ito won the 2018 Swedish Open by beating Liu Shiwen, Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling, the latter two very easily. She is considered the biggest threat in China with reason.

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