World Cup 2010

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The table tennis Men's World Cup 2010 took place in Magdeburg, Germany from 29-31 October. But who qualified for this prestigious event?

 By Martin Hughes
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The World Cup is an invitational event for 19 of the World's top players.

The men and women have separate events, so let's take a look at the 2010 events.


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2010 World Cups

World Cup 2010 logo

Germany was the host country for the 2010 LIEBHERR Men's World Cup and it was held in Magdeburg from 29 to 31 October, 2010.

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The 2010 Volkswagen Women's World Cup was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 24-26 September 2010.

I'll be looking at the men's event here.

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The World Cup

The table tennis World Cup was originally for 16 invited players only, but a new format was introduced in 2009.

The number of players was increased from 16 to 19 ... so for World Cup 2010, invitations were sent to ...

  • the holder of the World Cup
  • the World champion
  • the champion player or the strongest current player from each of the 6 continents
  • the top 9 players from the World Ranking List and
  • 2 "wild card" selections


The rules state that not more than two players from any Association can participate unless a third is invited as a "wild card" selection.

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Men's World Cup 2010

The following players took part in the Men's World Cup 2010...

WR as at
1 Sept
Player Capacity
7 SAMSONOV Vladimir (BLR) World Cup title holder
5 WANG Hao (CHN) World Champion
3 ZHANG, Jike (CHN) Asian representative
11 MAZE Michael (DEN) European representative
82 LIU Song (ARG) Latin American representative
276 SAKA Suraju (CGO) African representative
255 PETER-PAUL Pradeeban (CAN) North American representative
424 DAVIS Kyle (AUS) Oceania representative
2 BOLL Timo (GER) WR 1
9 JOO Se Hyuk (KOR) WR 2
13 OVTCHAROV Dimitrij (GER) WR 4
14 OH Sang Eun (KOR) WR 5
16 CHUANG Chih-Yuan (TPE) WR 6
17 GAO Ning (SIN) WR 7
18 TANG Peng (HKG) WR 8
20 LI Ching (HKG) WR 9
22 KREANGA Kalinikos (GRE) ITTF wild card 1
22 SCHLAGER Werner (AUT) ITTF wild card 2
24 SMIRNOV Alexey (RUS) Reserve player 1



Michael Maze declined his invitation due to injury and his place was taken by the first reserve, Alexey Smirnov.

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The World Cup prize money

The prize money for the men's table tennis World Cup was US$ 150,000

This was divided up as follows:

World Cup
Winner US$ 45,000
Runner-up US$ 25,000
3rd Place US$ 15,000
4th Place US$ 10,000
Places 5-8 US$ 6,000
Places 9-12 US$ 4,000
Places 13-16 US$ 2,000
Intercontinental Cup
IC Cup Winner US$ 2,500
IC Cup 2nd Place US$ 2,000
IC Cup 3rd Place US$ 1,500
IC Cup 4th Place US$ 1,000

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The Intercontinental Cup

The competition started with the "Intercontinental Cup" - a pre-qualification round.

So, four continental representatives - from Africa, Latin America, North America and Oceania - competed in one group, with the winner of the "Intercontinental Cup" qualifing for the next stage of the event, joining the other 15 players.


Intercontinental Cup
PETER-PAUL Pradeeban CAN 4-3 SAKA Suraju CGO
LIU Song ARG 4-2 SAKA Suraju CGO
LIU Song ARG 4-1 PETER-PAUL Pradeeban CAN
SAKA Suraju CGO 4-3 DAVIS Kyle AUS


Intercontinental Cup
IC Cup Winner LIU Song ARG
IC Cup 2nd Place PETER-PAUL Pradeeban CAN
IC Cup 3rd Place SAKA Suraju CGO
IC Cup 4th Place DAVIS Kyle AUS


The remaining 16 players are then 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 1

  • BOLL, Timo (Germany)
  • MIZUTANI, Jun (Japan)
  • GAO, Ning (Singapore)
  • LIU Song (Argentina)

Group 2

  • ZHANG Jike (China)
  • JOO, Se Hyuk (Korea)
  • CHUAN, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei)
  • LI Ching (Hong Kong)

Group 3

  • WANG, Hao (China)
  • OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany)
  • TANG Peng (Hong Kong)
  • KREANGA, Kalinikos (Greece)

Group 4

  • SAMSONOV, Vladimir (Belarus)
  • OH, Sang Eun (Korea)
  • SCHLAGER, Werner (Austria)
  • SMIRNOV, Alexey (Russia)

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Results for World Cup 2010

29/30 October 2010

Group 1

BOLL, Timo 4-0 GAO, Ning
MIZUTANI, Jun 4-1 LIU Song
BOLL, Timo 4-1 MIZUTANI, Jun
GAO, Ning 4-0 LIU Song
BOLL, Timo 4-0 LIU Song
MIZUTANI, Jun 4-0 GAO, Ning
  • Group 1 winner = BOLL, Timo

  • Group 1 runner-up = MIZUTANI, Jun

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Group 2

CHUAN, Chih-Yuan 4-2 ZHANG, Jike
JOO, Se Hyuk 4-1 LI, Ching
ZHANG, Jike 4-0 JOO, Se Hyuk
CHUAN, Chih-Yuan 4-0 LI, Ching
ZHANG, Jike 4-0 LI Ching
JOO, Se Hyuk 4-1 CHUAN, Chih-Yuan
  • Group 2 winner = ZHANG, Jike

  • Group 2 runner-up = CHUAN, Chih-Yuan

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Group 3

WANG, Hao 4-0 TANG, Peng
OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij 4-3 KREANGA, Kalinikos
WANG, Hao 4-1 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij
TANG, Peng 4-1 KREANGA, Kalinikos
WANG, Hao 4-1 KREANGA, Kalinikos
OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij 4-1 TANG, Peng
  • Group 3 winner = WANG, Hao

  • Group 3 runner-up = OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij

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Group 4

SAMSONOV, Vladimir 4-2 SCHLAGER, Werner
OH, Sang Eun 4-0 SMIRNOV, Alexey
SAMSONOV, Vladimir 4-2 OH, Sang Eun
SCHLAGER, Werner 4-3 SMIRNOV, Alexey
SMIRNOV, Alexey 4-1 SAMSONOV, Vladimir
OH, Sang Eun 4-3 SCHLAGER, Werner

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Knock-out stage

Saturday 30 October 2010

Quarter Finals

BOLL, Timo 4-3 CHUAN, Chih-Yuan
WANG, Hao 4-0 OH, Sang Eun
MIZUTANI, Jun 4-3 SAMSONOV, Vladimir
ZHANG, Jike 4-2 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij

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Sunday 31 October 2010

Semi Finals

WANG, Hao 4-1 BOLL, Timo

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Sunday 31 October 2010

Bronze Medal match

BOLL, Timo 4-3 MIZUTANI, Jun
11-7. 11-7, 8-11, 10-12
11-9, 9-11, 11-7

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Sunday 31 October 2010


WANG, Hao 4-1 ZHANG, Jike
8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9, 11-9


2010 World Cup winner - Wang Hao


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