World Cup 2008

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The table tennis World Cup 2008 is for 16 of the world's top players only.
But who qualified for this prestigious table tennis event in 2008?

 By Martin Hughes
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World Cup winner - Wang Hao by courtesy of the ITTF

The table tennis World Cup first took place in Hong Kong in August 1980 as an experimental event, but it proved so successful that it's been contested every year since.

2008 saw Liege, Belgium stage the tournament from 26 to 28 September.

This was the first tournament to take place after the ban on the use of speed glue.


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The World Cup

The table tennis World Cup is for 16 selected players only.

Not more than two players from any Association can participate unless a third is invited as a "wild card" selection.

So, with one representative from each of the six continents, plus the top six eligible players in the world rankings, a home association player, the current title holder and two wild card entries, the table tennis World Cup is indeed for a very select group of players.

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Men's World Cup 2008

The following players were invited to take part in the 2008 Men's World Cup...

BOLL, Timo (Germany) European representative
GAO, Ning (Singapore) Asian representative
TORIOLA, Segun (Nigeria) African representative
CARTER, Trent (Australia) Oceania representative
PETER-PAUL, Pradeeban (Canada) N. American representative
MONTEIRO, Thiago (Brazil) S. American representative
MAZE, Michael (Denmark) Replacement for Monteiro
WANG, Hao (China) World Cup holder
MA, Long (China) World ranking
RYU, Seung Min (Korea) World ranking
JOO, Se Hyuk (Korea) World ranking
CHUAN, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei) World ranking
LI, Ching (Hong Kong) World ranking
KREANGA, Kalinikos (Greece) World ranking
SAIVE, Jean-Michel (Belgium) Host Association
OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany) Wild card
SCHLAGER, Werner (Austria) Wild card

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The World Cup prize money

The prize money for the men's table tennis World Cup was US$ 135,000

This was divided up as follows:

Winner US$ 44,000
Runner-up US$ 22,000
3rd Place US$ 15,000
4th Place US$ 10,000
Places 5-8 US$ 6,000
Places 9-12 US$ 3,500
Places 13-16 US$ 1,500

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The Group Stage

The 16 players in the men's table tennis World Cup are first seeded into four groups.

Each player competes against the other three players in his group and matches are the best of seven sets.

The winner and runner-up of each group then advance to the quarter finals whereupon the competition will be a straight knock-out, best of seven sets.

So the World Cup groups were...

Group A

  • WANG, Hao (China)
  • CHUAN, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei)
  • SCHLAGER, Werner (Austria)
  • PETER-PAUL, Pradeeban (Canada)

Group B

  • MA, Long (China)
  • JOO, Se Hyuk (Korea)
  • MAZE, Michael (Denmark)
  • CARTER, Trent (Australia)

Group C

  • BOLL, Timo (Germany)
  • GAO, Ning (Singapore)
  • KREANGA, Kalinikos (Greece)
  • TORIOLA, Segun (Nigeria)

Group D

  • RYU, Seung Min (Korea)
  • LI, Ching (Hong Kong)
  • OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany)
  • SAIVE, Jean-Michel (Belgium)

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Results for World Cup 2008

2008 World Cup logo

26/27 September 2008

Group A

WANG, Hao 4-2 SCHLAGER, Werner
CHUAN, Chih-Yuan 4-2 PETER-PAUL, Pradeeban
WANG, Hao 4-0 CHUAN, Chih-Yuan
SCHLAGER, Werner 4-0 PETER-PAUL, Pradeeban
WANG, Hao 4-0 PETER-PAUL, Pradeeban
SCHLAGER, Werner 4-2 CHUAN, Chih-Yuan
  • Group A winner = WANG, Hao
  • Group A runner-up = SCHLAGER, Werner


Group B

MA, Long 4-0 MAZE, Michael
JOO, Se Hyuk 4-0 CARTER, Trent
MA, Long 4-3 JOO, Se Hyuk
MAZE, Michael 4-0 CARTER, Trent
MA, Long 4-0 CARTER, Trent
JOO, Se Hyuk 4-0 MAZE, Michael
  • Group B winner = MA, Long

  • Group B runner-up = JOO, Se Hyuk


Group C

KREANGA, Kalinikos 4-2 BOLL, Timo
TORIOLA, Segun 4-3 GAO, Ning
BOLL, Timo 4-1 GAO, Ning
KREANGA, Kalinikos 4-3 TORIOLA, Segun
BOLL, Timo 4-0 TORIOLA, Segun
KREANGA, Kalinikos 4-0 GAO, Ning
  • Group C winner = KREANGA, Kalinikos

  • Group C runner-up = BOLL, Timo


Group D

RYU, Seung Min 4-0 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij
LI, Ching 4-0 SAIVE, Jean-Michel
RYU, Seung Min 4-3 LI, Ching
OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij 4-3 SAIVE, Jean-Michel
RYU, Seung Min 4-0 SAIVE, Jean-Michel
OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij 4-3 LI, Ching
  • Group D winner = RYU, Seung Min

  • Group D runner-up = OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij


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Knock-out stage

Saturday 27 September 2008

Quarter Finals

WANG, Hao 4-1 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij
KREANGA, Kalinikos 4-2 JOO, Se Hyuk
BOLL, Timo 4-0 RYU, Seung Min
MA, Long 4-1 SCHLAGER, Werner


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Sunday 28 September 2008

Semi Finals

WANG, Hao 4-2 KREANGA, Kalinikos
BOLL, Timo 4-3 MA, Long


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Sunday 28 September 2008

Bronze Medal match

MA, Long 4-1 KREANGA, Kalinikos
7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6, 11-8


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Sunday 28 September 2008


WANG, Hao 4-1 BOLL, Timo
11-8, 11-3, 14-16, 11-7, 11-9    


World Cup medallists 2008

2008 Medal Winners

Timo Boll,   Wang Hao,   Ma Long

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