15 Dec 2016

Success at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, more recently success at the Seamaster Qatar 2016 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals on Sunday 11th December; to say the very least it has been a most successful year yet again for Ma Long.

Undoubtedly, he hopes to run of success will continue in 2017.

by Henry Chen 

The Seamaster Qatar 2016 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals concluded with Ma Long as the winner of the Men’s Singles event. It is the fifth time he has won the title.

Ma Long admitted that he went through a low period after the Rio Olympic Games. However, his condition in last week’s competition was certainly positive.

“I felt that I was getting better in the competition”, Ma Long

Last weekend, Ma Long overcame one of his fiercest competitions in the sport, Fan Zhendong. He sealed a 4-2 victory to seal the title (11-5, 11-4, 11-9, 7-11, 12-14, 11-9).

Ma Long has definitely accomplished a great deal this year. Winning in Rio de Janeiro meant that he held all the major titles the sport has to offer – Olympic Games gold medallist, World champion, World Team World Cup winner.

Ma Long was voted as the Best Male Star in the Seamster Qatar 2016 ITTF Star Awards held in Doha, Qatar last 8th December. (Photo from Victor Fraile)

Additionally, he was voted ITTF Male Star Player.

“This year is indeed a very lucky year for me. I was able to play my level in several important competitions this year; 2016 is a very essential year in my professional career.” Ma Long

Ma Long is 28 years old and he is still at the peak of his career. He believes that he still has a long way to go. He is considered to be the strongest in the new Olympic cycle. He is the leader of the Chinese Team.

Let us all see how Ma Long would perform in year 2017.

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