03 Aug 2020

Teenage ace causes stir in Russia, national teams working together, hiking and more – this week’s Player Watch has it all!

Here’s the latest comings and goings surrounding the table tennis stars of the world:

by Simon Daish

Elizabet Abraamian stars in Russia Top-12 event

Last week we reported Vladimir Sidorenko’s gold medal success at the Russia Top-12 event in St. Petersburg – now we can update you on the women’s singles picture from Moscow.

Another teenager taking the spotlight at the prestigious event, Elizabet Abraamian produced a stellar display to upset the order. The 17-year-old, ranked at no.425 in the world, toppled Yana Noskova, ranked 60th, in a thrilling five-game contest (11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5).


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3 тяжелых дня соревнований позади и думаю , что я их выстояла достойно, было трудно-скажу сразу…🥵 Но я нашла в себе силы , доказать и показать то, на что я способна💪🏻🤪 Хочется сказать СПАСИБО тем, кто за меня болел и переживал , я ценю это, без вас я бы не смогла🙏🏻 Так же Спасибо всем за поздравления, это безумно приятно! ❤️ Мои результаты – это мои упорные тренировки! Тренировки через не хочу, пролитые слёзы от усталости, но оно того стоит💪🏻 Я могу с уверенностью сказать, что я на ВЕРНОМ ПУТИ!🤞🏻 У меня грандиозные цели и задачи , а эта победа даст мне огромной толчок к достижению этих целей👊🏻 To be continued…🔥

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Joining forces – international training camps in full swing

A special training camp was held in the Austrian town of Stockerau over the past week, with the Austrian and Hungarian men’s teams working together to help one another back up to full speed following lockdown. You can read the full story here.

The Hungarian men’s team also partnered up with members of Team Croatia, while the Hungarian women’s squad teamed with the finest Poland and the Czech Republic has to offer:


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A magyar női válogatott a csehek meghívásának eleget téve ezt a hetet Havirovban töltötte

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Players from Sweden and Denmark also combined forces in the week as preparations for the eventual return to international action continue to intensify:

Remembering the good times

Sometimes it’s important to slow down a little and think of good memories from years past and there were a number of players in a reflective mood during the week.

Paul Drinkhall posted a throwback to the moment he and wife Joanna struck mixed doubles gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow:

Casting his mind four years further back from that, Marcos Madrid shared a snap of his 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games title success:

Lily Zhang still can’t comprehend how Kasumi Ishikawa managed to come out on top in these rallies from their head-to-head at the ZEN-NOH 2019 ITTF Team World Cup:

As for Heming Hu, the Australian is considering changing style after recalling this pen-hold grip flashback:


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This flashback and lockdown makes me consider changing to penhold for the thrill

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Bowling, hiking and… handstand walking???

Aside from the return to rigorous training, what else have the stars been preoccupying their time with?

Lim Jonghoon appears to be just as skilful with a bowling ball in his hands as he is his racket:

Ibrahima Diaw enjoyed a spot of group hiking up Pic Saint-Loup mountain in southern France:


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Hiking with my crew!! 😎👍🏾 Altitude:658⛰ #team94 #weekendvibes #hiking #family

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While Sarah De Nutte has been embracing her inner-Hugo Calderano, learning to walk with her hands:


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Banana handstand 🍌😂

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Global celebrations

Four birthdays to report this week with Tiago Apolonia, Kazuhiro Yoshimura, Maharu Yoshimura and Miyuu Kihara entering new years of their lives:


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So grateful to everyone who provided me a fantastic anniversary day ❤️ Thanks a lot for all the birthday wishes 🙌😍

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Send in your best wishes for him 👇🎂🎉🎊

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The ITTF also partook in the Eid Al-Adha celebrations, passing on best wishes to everyone across the globe:


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Happy #EidAlAdha to all our fans around the world!

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General News Lily Zhang Paul Drinkhall Maharu Yoshimura Lim Jonghoon Miyuu Kihara Tiago Apolonia Kazuhiro Yoshimura Elizabet Abraamian Sarah De Nutte Marcos Madrid Ibrahima Diaw Heming Hu