“Strike when the iron is hot…”
Ma Long will show little mercy against his challengers when he takes to the table in Budapest next month as he aims to retain the Men’s Singles title for a third consecutive occasion at the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships.
Born in Anshan, Liaoning province in 1988 Ma Long is regarded by many as one of the lead pace setters in world table tennis and it’s easy to see why when you cast an eye over his impressive collection of accolades.
A winner of 26 Men’s Singles gold medals on the ITTF World Tour Ma Long also has five ITTF World Tour Grand Finals singles titles to his name, two Men’s World Cup trophies and was crowned Olympic Games champion at Rio 2016.
The 30-year-old superstar has also enjoyed much success representing his country in team events, winning six Team World Cups and seven World Team Championships as a key member of Team China.
Have you ever wondered what is going through Ma Long’s head every time he lines up a shot? Well now you can learn the answer to that question with part four of ‘Inside My Mind’:
Spell-binding imagery and audio of the highest production quality will leave you captivated, as the players take you away on an uncharted journey deep into their game plans, all while speaking in their native tongue (supported by English subtitles).
The fourth episode of a seven-part series, ‘Inside My Mind’ is simply not to be missed on the lead-up to the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships in April.
Here is the full programme of ‘Inside My Mind’:
Ding Ning (China) ‘The Queen of Hearts’ combines elegance and dynamism like no other. She is the Women’s World no. 1 and reigning World & Olympic Champion. Watch her signature serve as the key to her strategy of serial success.
Quadri Aruna (Nigeria) Thumping power strokes and terrific topspin are what he’s known for, but there’s a lot more than first meets the eye to the reigning African Champion.
Bernadette Szocs (Romania) Perfection personified, from her very appearance on court to the unmistakable precision of each and every movement that have taken her to European titles. For Bernadette, it’s the details that matter.
Ma Long (China) He’s not called ‘The Dictator’ by accident. Enter the unique mind of a natural-born winner: the reigning Men’s World & Olympic Champion, Ma Long.
Hugo Calderano (Brazil) Athleticism. Energy. Exuberance. That’s all clear, but what is the boy from Brazil actually thinking when he’s meaning business on court? The first ever player from Latin America to break into the top 10 in the world, Hugo gives you special insight into his shot selection. Speed of body. Speed of mind.
Manika Batra (India) The most mystical of all: let Manika cast you under her spell as the Commonwealth Games Champion reveals her masterplan.
Timo Boll (Germany) Seven times a European Champion. Yes, seven times! Not to mention two World Cups. But there’s so much to discover still about Timo Boll. Watch and learn from an undisputed legend of the game.