China’s Ma Long the greatest table tennis player. The mainlander finalized his third conventional men’s singles title at the World Championship on Sunday making himself only the second Chinese player that has achieved the massive achievement, and definitely put himself in the discussion. Fans from around the world can purchase Olympic Table Tennis Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
One more mainlander, Zhuang Zedong was crowned the singles world champion three times in the early 1960s. Merely Viktor Barna did better than the two Chinese players in the World. Barna, a Hungarian who would later settle in Britain after World War Two, won five world titles from 1930 to 1935, including a runner-up in 1931.
At Hungexpo in Budapest, Ma, who only returned to action after a distressing knee injury in March led to an eight-month absence from the international stage, traveled to a 4-1 victory over Mattias Falck of Sweden in the final.
“I think the pressure was greater in 2017 than now because I was ranked 11th for this competition and that did not give me more pressure like 2017. I have to put in my best in this final because this might be the last chance for me to win the title.”
At the 2017 World Championships in Düsseldorf, Germany, Ma was the hottest player on the course after settling both the singles and team gold medals at the Rio Olympic Games eight months before.
He managed to defeat teammate Fan Zhendong 4-3 in the exciting final, including a 12-10 victory at deuce in the rubber game. He won his first singles world title in Suzhou, China in 2015 when he beat compatriot Fang Bo 4-2 in the final.
The 30-year-old also won a team gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics after he was surprisingly dropped from the singles event as the world number one. Ma, in fact, has so far held the top spot in the world rankings for a total of 64 months, including 34 succeeding months from March 2015, the greatest ever male player in the history of table tennis.
“As a member of the Chinese team, there is always pressure because of the records set by our predecessors. I want to continue that tradition and that is why I try my best in every tournament”.
With three Olympic gold medals and three singles Worlds titles under his belt, the mainlander is no doubt the best player of his era. But if Ma wants to be considered the best ever player in the sport, he must prove he is at the next in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where he will face an aggressive challenge from his Chinese teammates as well as hosts Japan.
The Budapest champion will occupy one of the two spots for China in the singles event at the Tokyo 2020 Games according to Chinese table tennis rules, excluding unexpected situations.
New Chinese Table Tennis Association chairman Liu Guoliang said in Budapest that Ma could become the first-ever high-pitched champion in a single Olympic 2020 Games with mixed doubles to be introduced for the first time in Tokyo 2020 Olympic.
Ding, the 2012 Olympic team champion and 2016 Rio singles and team champion, lost in the semi-finals to ultimate champion Liu Shiwen in the semi-finals in Budapest and her singles spot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is now in serious doubt.
Liu made no mistake in Budapest after beating teammate Chen Meng 4-2 in the final. The 28-year-old scored an 11-0 game in the semi-finals and final respectively, a feat rarely witnessed on the international stage. Olympic fans can get Olympic Tickets through our trusted online ticketing market place. OlympicTickets2020.com is the most consistent source to book Summer Games Tickets.