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Last Eight Places Decided, Tang Peng Reverses Kuwait Decision

 05/01/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

Quarter-final places in the Menís Singles event at the QOROS 2015 World Championships in Suzhou at stake; matters progressed as seeding predicted on the afternoon of Friday 1st May.

Chinaís Zhang Jike, the no.3 seed and defending champion, beat Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus, the no.9 seed (16-14, 11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 11-3), whilst Japanís Jun Mizutani, the no.5 seed, accounted for Singaporeís Gao Ning (8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 11-3, 11-3).

Success for China and Japan to conclude the fourth round, immediately preceding it had been mixed fortunes for Hong Kong.

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Differing Fortunes for Defensive Art, Defeat for Europe, Success for Asia

 05/01/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

Defeats for Germanyís Irene Ivancan and for Ukraineís Tetyana Bilenko, as matters progressed in the fourth round of the Womenís Singles event at the QOROS 2015 World Championships in Suzhou on Friday 1st May.

Both European, both principally defensive players, Irene Ivancan, the no.29 seed, experienced the toughest draw of all, she was beaten by Chinaís Ding Ning, the top seed, in four straight games (11-4, 11-7, 11-9, 11-9).

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Drama in Suzhou, Fang Bo Beats Xu Xin to Reach Last Eight

 05/01/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

Crowned World Junior champion in the magnificently situated Colombian city of Cartagena de India in 2009, the host nationís Fang Bo was the player to upset the seeding, as matters commenced in the fourth round of the Menís Singles on Friday 1st May at the QOROS World Championships in Suzhou.

Against expectations, occupying the no.13 seeded position in the draw, he overcame compatriot, Xu Xin, the no.2 seed, in a contest that captivated those fortunate to have been able to purchase seats in the sold out Expo Center.

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Playing Well but a Reality Check in Round Four for Li Jie

 05/01/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

The no.19 seed, a fourth round exit in the Womenís Singles event, the round of the last 16, on the morning of Friday 1st May at the QOROS 2015 World Championships, was a more than a satisfactory conclusion to proceedings for Li Jie of the Netherlands.

She was beaten by Chinaís Zhu Yuling, the no.6 seed, in four straight games (11-5, 11-3, 11-6, 11-2), having one round earlier caused an upset of note by beating Hong Kongís Doo Hoi Kem, the no.12 seed, in a manner that was as convincing as the defeat against Zhu Yuling.

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Let Me Entertain You, Las Vegas Wins Bid to Stage 2018 World Veteran Championships

 05/01/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

The international entertainment capital of the wWorld, the city of Las Vegas has won the right to host the 2018 World Veteran Championships.

At a meeting of the Swaythling Club International staged in Suzhou on Wednesday 13th April at the QOROS World Championships; Las Vegas staved strong competition from the Korean city of Suwon, the Japanese metropolis of Kobe and the western seaboard town of Bordeaux.

Venue for the tournament will be the state-of-the art Las Vegas Convention Center, with the planned dates being Monday 18th to Monday 25th June.

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New Anti-Doping Code Explained at Latest Workshop

 05/01/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

Three workshops successfully organized by the ITTF Sports Science and Medical Committee for players and coaches; next on the agenda, at the fourth seminar on Thursday 30th April, was the Anti-Doping Code and Anti-Doping Activities within the International Table Tennis Federation.

Dr. Shiro Matsuo, head of ITTF Anti-Doping and Takuro Okada were the presenters.

Once again, as with previous seminars, the response from those present was most positive; a valuable insight into a highly topical subject had been afforded.

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Asian Table Tennis Signs Affiliation Agreement in Suzhou

 05/01/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

Discussions over, the Asian Table Tennis Union signed the affiliation agreement with the International Table Tennis Federation at the ITTF Board of Directors Meeting on Thursday 30th April at the QOROS 2015 World Championships in Suzhou.

The affiliation now means that all continental federations have signed similar accords.

Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceania had all signed previously,

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Defending Champions Beaten, Maharu Yoshimura and Kasumi Ishikawa Reach Final

 04/30/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

Crowned national champions earlier this year, Japanís Maharu Yoshimura and Kasumi Ishikawa excelled all expectations on the evening of Thursday 30th April, to reach the final of the Mixed Doubles event at the QOROS 2015 World Championships in Suzhou.

They overcame DPR Koreaís Kim Hyok Bong and Kim Jong, the top seeds and defending champions at the semi-final stage.

The no.20 seeds, they emerged successful in six games (11-8, 5-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-7, 11-4) to become the first Japanese pairing to reach the penultimate round of the Mixed Doubles event at a World Championships, since Tokio Tasaka and Sachiko Yokota achieved the feat in 1977 in Birmingham.

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Germans Progress, Patrick Franziska Causes Upset, Timo Boll Wins Thriller

 04/30/2015       World Table Tennis Championships

Crucial to German silver medal winning success at the ZEN-NOH 2014 World Team Championships in Tokyo but some six months ago having limped out of the TMS 2014 European Championships, departing proceedings with the aid of a crutch, Patrick Franziska was the player to cause the biggest upset in the third round of the Menís Singles event at the QOROS 2015 World Championships in Suzhou on the evening of the Thursday 30th April.

The no.42 seed, he beat Portugalís Marcos Freitas, the no.8 seed, in five games (13-11, 11-7, 12-10, 5-11, 11-6), on what proved to be a successful evening for Germany, the total reverse for Portugal.

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