Kasumi Ishikawa

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Kasumi Ishikawa
Nationality  Japan
Born (1993-02-23) February 23, 1993 (age 21)[1]
Yamaguchi[2]
Playing style Left-handed, Shakehand grip, Looper
Equipment(s) Clipper CR WRB, FastArc G-1, Tenergy 64
Highest ranking 5 (June 2012)[3]
Club ZEN-NOH, Japan
Height 158 cm (5 ft 2 in)[4]
Weight 49 kg (108 lb; 7.7 st)

Kasumi Ishikawa (石川 佳純 Ishikawa Kasumi?) (born 23 February 1993) is a female Japanese table tennis player.[1] Her entire family, which consists of her father, mother, and younger sister, play or used to play competitive table tennis. She has a younger sister, Rira, who is also a professional table tennis player, while her mother Kumi Ishikawa is her current coach. She is a left-handed shakehand holder who primarily uses speedy top-spins and loops in offensive play.

Biography[edit]

Her ambition has been to play in the Olympics. This dream of hers began when she was a girl, and revealed upon graduation from Hirakawa Primary School in Yamaguchi. She wrote in the yearbook of her dream to play in the Olympics.[5] She first got public attention when she managed to defeat high school and even university students much older than her in her first ever All Japan Table Tennis Championships. Since 2007, she has won the All Japan Table Tennis Championships - female junior division; four years in a row.[6] She was also nicknamed Ai-Chan II, a comparison to fellow athlete Ai Fukuhara, who also started playing table tennis at a young age. She models her underspin serve after her.

Kasumi Ishikawa speaks Mandarin besides Japanese, as one of her coaches is from China. She also states that she hopes to learn English in time.[7]

Her talent for table tennis was due partly to her parents, both former table tennis players, who gave Ishikawa special training since she was young. Her mother, Kumi Ishikawa, had also played on the national level. In the autumn of her first year of primary school, a special practice area in their house was erected to help her train more seriously. After graduating from primary school, Ishikawa decided to live away from home and devote herself to table tennis. She entered Shitennoji Habikigaoka Middle School, and then Shitennoji High School in Osaka Prefecture. She practiced with all-Japan-Class players until late at night including holidays. Her aggressive attacking style coupled with formidable speed were developed there. She began working towards the Olympics and played in international tournaments representing her club; ZEN-NOH, Japan.

She competed at the 2009 World Table Tennis Championships, reaching the quarter final of the singles competition. In 2011, she won the national singles title at the age of 17.[8] She quickly rose through the world rankings in recent years and managed to secure a place to compete at the London 2012 Olympics. She is currently ranked 6th in the ITTF women's world ranking as of July 2012 but has achieved ranking as high as 5th.[3] She is now the best female table tennis player in Japan after managing to overtake Ai Fukuhara in rankings.

She reached the semi-finals of the Women's Singles at the London 2012 Olympics but lost out to eventual gold medal winner; Li Xiaoxia of China. In the bronze medal play-off, she lost out to eventual winner; Feng Tianwei of Singapore. She finished an overall 4th position. This was her first ever Olympics participation and despite her young age of 19, she was seeded no. 4 at the Women's Singles Event. She is also the first ever Japanese to have reached the semi-finals of the tournament.

At the Women's Team Event semi-finals, Kasumi Ishikawa helped Japan to overcome Singapore by defeating her quarter-finals opponent in the Single's, Wang Yuegu in three straight games. In the third Double's game, she paired up with Sayaka Hirano to overcome Wang Yuegu and Li Jiawei in three straight games as well. The wins together with Ai Fukuhara overcoming Feng Tianwei in the first game brought Japan to their first table tennis finals in the Olympics in three straight matches.[9][10] However, Japan failed to beat China in the finals but got their first ever silver medal in table tennis.[11]

Career records[edit]

Singles (as of March 6, 2012)[12]

Women's Doubles

  • World Championships: round of 16 (2011).
  • Pro Tour winner (5): Morocco Open 2009; German, Morocco, Hungarian Open 2010; Chile Open 2011.
  • Pro Tour Grand Finals: runner-up (2011).
  • Asian Games: SF (2010).

Mixed Doubles

  • World Championships: round of 16 (2011).
  • Asian Games: SF (2010).
  • Asian Championships: QF (2009).

Team

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ITTF players' profiles". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved August 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ "ISHIKAWA Kasumi - Profile". kasumiishikawa.com. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "ITTF world ranking". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Japanese Medalists in London 2012 Olympics". joc.or.jp. Japanese Olympic Committee. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/sports/T120802005462.htm
  6. ^ "Winners at the All Japan Table Tennis Championships – Junior Division" (in Japanese). Japan Table Tennis Association. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Table Tennis 2010 Interview Of Ishikawa Kasumi(JPN) At Bratislava". Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Schoolgirl wins women's national table tennis crown". Kyodo News. January 23, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Women's Team Event semi-finals 1 results". Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Japanese women make it through". Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Women's team finals results accessdate=8 August 2012". 
  12. ^ "ITTF Statistics". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 

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