World Table Tennis Championship

Where are the next World Table Tennis Championships being held?
Who is the current World Champion? Find out here...

The premier competition for professional table tennis players is the World Table Tennis Championship.

Alongside the Olympic Games, the World Championship is where every table tennis player wants to be ... and perform at their best in order to claim the title of World Champion.

2014 World Champions - China
2014 World Champions - China

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The next world championships

Well, since 2000, the World Table Tennis Championship has been split into two separate competitions.

Team events are now held in even numbered years, whilst individual events (singles and doubles) are held in odd numbered years.

So the next World Championship team event will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 28 February – 6 March 2016, whilst the next individual events will be held in Germany in 2017.


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Men's Singles World Champion

2015 World Championship Men's Singles Winner - Ma Long Men's Singles Champion - Ma Long (China)

Ma Long of China is the current holder of the individual men's title following his victory in Suzhou, China in May 2015 when he beat Fang Bo (China) to win his first men's singles crown (the St Bride Vase).

He will hold the title until the next individual events take place in Germany in May 2017.


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Women's Singles World Champion

2015 World Championship Women's Singles Winner - Ding NingWomen's Singles Champion - Ding Ning (China)

In the 2015 women's singles event, it was Ding Ning of China who took the title of World Champion and The Geist Prize when she beat Liu Shiwen (China).

Ding Ning will hold the title until the next individual events take place in Germany in May 2017.


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Men's Doubles World Champions

2015 World Championship Men's Doubles Champions - Zhang Jike and Xu Xin (China)Men's Doubles Champions - Zhang Jike and Xu Xin (China)

In the 2015 men's doubles event, it was Xu Xin and Zhang Jike of China who took the title of World Champions when they beat Fan Zhendong and Zhou Yu to win The Iran Cup.

Xu Xin and Zhang Jike will hold the title until the next individual events take place in Germany in May 2017.


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Women's Doubles World Champions

2015 World Championship Women's Doubles Champions - Zhu Yuling and Liu ShiwenWomen's Doubles Champions - Zhu Yuling and Liu Shiwen (China)

In the 2015 women's doubles event, it was Liu Shiwen and Zhu Yuling of China who took the title of World Champions when they beat compatriots Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia to win The W.J.Pope Trophy.

Liu Shiwen and Zhu Yuling will hold the title until the next individual events take place in Germany in May 2017.


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Mixed Doubles World Champions

2015 World Championship Mixed Doubles Champions - Yang Haeun (South Korea) and Xu Xin (China)Mixed Doubles Champions - Yang Haeun (South Korea) and Xu Xin (China)

In the 2015 mixed doubles event, it was Xu Xin from China and Yang Haeun from South Korea who took the title of World Champions when they beat Maharu Yoshimura and Kasumi Ishikawa from Japan to win The Heydusek Cup.

Xu Xin and Yang Haeun will hold the title until the next individual events take place in Germany in May 2017.


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Men's Team World Champions

The 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships took place in Tokyo, Japan from 28 April to 5 May 2014.

China were the clear favourites to retain their Men's Team title which they won in 2012 in the city of Dortmund, Germany and they duly obliged, beating Germany 3-1 in a closely contested final to retain The Swaythling Cup.

China will hold the men's team title until the next team events take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in March 2016.

2014 World Champions - China
2014 World Champions - China


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Women's Team World Champions

China were the clear favourites to retain their Women's Team title, and they duly obliged, beating Japan 3-0 in Tokyo, Japan to win the Corbillon Cup in 2014.

China will hold the women's team title until the next team events take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in March 2016.

2014 World Champions - China
2014 World Champions - China


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The first World Championship...

The history of table tennis goes back to the late 1800s, but it was in 1926 that the modern game of table tennis began and the inaugural World Championship took place that year in London, England.

Hungarian Roland Jacobi took the men's singles title in that first year, beating another Hungarian (Zoltan Mechlovits) in the final as European players dominated the championship.

However, the frequency and format of the world championship has changed through the years.


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A short break

Although the World Championship went from strength to strength - being held annually until 1939 - the second world war prevented it from being played in 1940 ... and for the following six years.

However, by 1947 the time was right to recommence, and it once again became an annual event.


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The rise of the East

The Hungarian and English players dominated the World Championship for the first 25 years and it wasn't until 1952 that the European stranglehold was finally broken.

Japan's Hiroji Satoh astonished the world with his unexpected victory in the men's singles that year - in part due to the unique sponge-covered racket he used to bamboozle his opponents.

1952 World Champion - Hiroji Satoh
1952 World Champion - Hiroji Satoh

 

World Table Tennis Championship 1953

But it wasn't until 1953 in Bucharest, Romania that China first entered the World Championships as they became full members of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

World Table Tennis Championship 1953

But it wasn't until 1953 in Bucharest, Romania that China first entered the World Championships as they became full members of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).


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From annual to biennial

At the World Championship's Annual General Meeting in Tokyo, Japan in 1956, the ITTF voted in favour of changing it to a biennial event.

By starting this change with effect from the 1957 event in Stockholm, Sweden, they also ensured that it wouldn't clash with the Olympic Games held in the even numbered years.


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China and Japan dominate

World Table Tennis Champion 1971 - Stellan Bengtsson

The 1959 World Table Tennis Championships were held in Dortmund, West Germany and that year also saw the first Chinese winner of the men's singles title as Jung Kuo-Tuan beat Hungarian Ferenc Sido in the final.

From that point on, China and Japan started to dominate world table tennis, consistently taking the men's singles title.

It was only Stellan Bengtsson (pictured right) of Sweden in 1971, and Istvan Jonyer of Hungary in 1975 who stopped the men's singles title from going to the Far East between 1959 and 1987.


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Europe on top of the World again

However, during the 1990s, the European players once again dominated the world game with Jan-Ove Waldner, Jorgen Persson and Jean-Philippe Gatien becoming World Champions in 1989, 1991 and 1993, and Jan-Ove Waldner winning his second title in 1997.

1997 World Champion - Jan-Ove Waldner


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Further changes to the Championship

Starting in Kuala Lumpur in 2000, the World Table Tennis Championship was split into two separate competitions.

The team events are now held in even numbered years, whilst the individual events (singles and doubles) are held in odd numbered years.

So the next World Championship team event will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 28 February – 6 March 2016, whilst the next individual events will be held in Germany in 2017.


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