The Latest News by Fremont TTA Owner Shashin Shodhan

15
Nov

2017 German Open: All Chinese Out with an all-German Final!

The End of Chinese Dominance?! The 2017 German Open was enjoyed by the home crowd as their nation’s table-tennis heroes, Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Timo Boll, appeared in their second consecutive major international final after the World Cup in Belgium. Ovtcharov had been something like 0-20 against World #1 Ma Long and World #2 Fan Zhendong …

6
Nov

Quadri Aruna Finalist for Nigerian Sportsman of the Year

Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna is a finalist for the 2017 Nigerian Sportsman of the Year along with Victor Moses of the English Premier League and Ike Diogu who is a former member of the Golden State Warriors. Highlights of my match with him: [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQJ9hAIm7b8[/embedyt]

6
Nov

2017 Men’s World Cup Top 10 Points

At the 2017 Men’s World Cup in Belgium, it was not an all-Chinese final like many major international tournaments are but an all-German final with Dimitrij Ovtcharov defeating Timo Boll in the final. Boll knocked out both Chinese, Asian Cup Champion Lin Gaoyuan and World #1 Ma Long, in the quarters and semis, respectively with …

31
Oct

2017 West Coast Teams 3-Star Tournament in Livermore in November!

There will be a big 3-star USA Table Tennis-sanctioned tournament, the 2017 West Coast Teams, in Livermore from November 24-26 at a 40,000 square foot facility with lots of space. Players have to enter with a team and teams will consist of 2-4 players. Teams will be grouped with other teams of similar level in …

31
Oct

2017 Women’s World Cup in Markham, Canada

The Women’s World Cup took place in North America for the second year in a row, this time in Markham, Canada. Last year, it was held in Philadelphia and the finals were televised live on ESPN. Last year, China did not send any women and the final was won by Japan’s Miu Hirano over Chinese …

31
Oct

PGA Tour Rookie Takes Down Table Tennis Legend Matt Kuchar

Top PGA golfer Matt Kuchar is considered the best table-tennis player among the pro golfers. However, he just lost to a tour rookie, but of course from China. Zecheng “Marty” Dou, who became the first Chinese-born golfer to earn his PGA tour card, won against Matt Kuchar in Shanghai.

25
Oct

China Accused of Mass Doping

China has been accused of mass doping of 10,000 athletes in the 1980s and 1990s according to a former Chinese Olympic doctor, Xue Yinxian, who spoke to German TV. According to the doctor, athletes had to dope or had to leave the team. Table-tennis is one of the sports that is included in the mass doping …

23
Oct

2017 World Series: LA Dodgers, Jose Altuve, and Ping-Pong

The 2017 Major League Baseball World Series starts tomorrow with the ping-pong loving LA Dodgers against the Houston Astros led by avid ping-pong player and MVP favorite Jose Altuve. The LA Dodgers have a healthy ping-pong competition in their clubhouse led by arguably baseball’s best pitcher Clayton Kershaw who hosts an annual ping-pong event to …

23
Oct

Cristiano Ronaldo named Best FIFA Male Player

Portugal’s soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo just won the best male player award from FIFA for the second year in a row. He has stated in interviews and in his autobiography that table-tennis is his second favorite sport after soccer and has congratulated the Portugal table-tennis team when they became European champion. When he was young, he …

23
Oct

2017 World Cup: Timo Boll’s Epic Comebacks against Chinese

Former World #1 Timo Boll of Germany made 2 epic comebacks this weekend at the 2017 World Cup in Liege, Belgium eliminating both Chinese players deuce in the deciding 7th game. He came back from down 10-4 in the 7th against Lin Gaoyuan in the quarterfinals saving 7 match points before winning 13-11. [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4KV7APYUO0[/embedyt] Lin has …

16
Oct

World Champions Waldner and Persson Having Fun!

Pictured with World Champions and legends Jan-Ove Waldner (right) and Jorgen Persson (left) in the 1990s. Jan-Ove Waldner is considered by many to the best server and player of all-time. Someone from Waldner’s home club in Sweden, Angby, told me his wrist is so flexible that he can put his hand flat on his forearm which may be a reason his …

13
Oct

Klay Thompson and Roger Federer Ping-Pong Challenge!

Warriors All-Star Guard Klay Thomspon won the Warriors team ping-pong tournament last year while talking lots of trash according to head coach Steve Kerr. The Warriors were in China recently for exhibition games and met tennis legend Roger Federer in Shanghai. Federer was asked questions by the Warriors and was asked by Klay Thompson how …

12
Oct

NBA Star Andrew Wiggins loves ping-pong

Former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Andrew Wiggins who is on one of the upcoming teams in the NBA, the Minnesota Timberwolves, loves playing ping-pong. He was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and then immediately traded to the Timberwolves. If he was still on the Cavaliers, my guess is our home team, Golden State …

12
Oct

ITTF Sports Science Meeting

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has an annual sports science meeting and just had one in Japan. This is something that I have a lot of interest in hopefully attending one day and my interest has increased even more since taking the ITTF Level 1, 2, and 3 coaching courses. It touched on where …

12
Oct

Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna wins 2017 World Tour Polish Open

Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna just became the first Nigerian player to win a ITTF Challenge Series World Tour  when he won the World Tour Polish Open last weekend. Here are match highlights of the Polish Open final: [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SimFIG36Bg[/embedyt] Here are match highlights of his match with Olympic and World Champion Zhang Jike of China when he became the …

22
Sep

World Table Tennis Wrap-Continental Clashes!

There have been some major international tournaments in the world recently, especially for the continents such as the European Championships, Asian Cup, and the Pan Am Championships. In the European Championships, the German team led by Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Timo Boll, won the men’s team event. Romania won the women’s team event. Both Ovtcharov and Boll are …

22
Sep

Match with Rio Olympic Quarterfinalist Quadri Aruna

I went to the LA Open earlier this month and got to play Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna who sensationally reached the Olympic Men’s Singles quarterfinals at Rio last year. He beat 2012 London Olympic Men’s Singles Semi-finalist and World Doubles Champion Chuan Chih-Yuan and then Rio’s German flagbearer and former World #1 Timo Boll to become …

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