The Chinese Table Tennis Association has today announced their players for the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships, to be held between 21-28 April in Budapest, Hungary.
Following their triumphs in China’s qualification tournament, the ‘Marvellous 12’, FAN Zhendong and CHEN Meng made sure of their places in China’s Men’s and Women’s Singles teams respectively.
The Men’s World no. 1 will be joined in Budapest by reigning World Champion, MA Long, who has been working towards a return to action following a knee injury.
Meanwhile three more of the nation’s highest ranked players, XU Xin, LIN Gaoyuan and LIANG Jingkun, complete the quintet in the Men’s Singles category. WANG Chuqin will compete in the Men’s Doubles alongside MA Long.
Taking part in the Women’s Singles are reigning World Champion and World no. 1, DING Ning, alongside CHEN Meng, LIU Shiwen, WANG Manyu and SUN Yingsha.
Having finished second at the Marvellous 12, SUN is very much a player in form and selectors of the Chinese Table Tennis Association have preferred her to World no. 2, ZHU Yuling, who finished joint fifth at the Marvellous 12. ZHU is however confirmed for the Women’s Doubles.
Here follows China’s selection in all categories:
Men’s Singles: MA Long, FAN Zhendong, XU Xin, LIN Gaoyuan, LIANG Jingkun
Men’s Doubles: MA Long/ WANG Chuqin, LIANG Jingkun/ LIN Gaoyuan
Women’s Singles: DING Ning, LIU Shiwen, CHEN Meng, WANG Manyu, SUN Yingsha
Women’s Doubles: CHEN Meng/ ZHU Yuling, WANG Manyu/ SUN Yingsha
Mixed Doubles: XU Xin/ LIU Shiwen, FAN Zhendong/ DING Ning