Ma Long (table tennis)

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Ma Long
Mondial Ping - Men's Singles - Round 4 - Ma Long-Koki Niwa - 11.jpg
Personal information
Native name 马龙
Nationality  China
Born (1988-10-20) October 20, 1988 (age 25)[1]
Liaoning, China
Playing style Right-handed, shakehand grip
Equipment(s) DHS Hurricane Long 3, DHS Hurricane 3 Neo blue sponge(FH, Black) Butterfly Tenergy 05(BH, Red)
Highest ranking 1 (September 2013)
Current ranking 2
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[2]
Weight 70 kg (150 lb; 11 st)[2]
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ma (Chinese: ).

Ma Long (simplified Chinese: 马龙; traditional Chinese: 馬龍; pinyin: Mǎ Lóng; born 20 October 1988) is a Chinese male table tennis player.[1] He is now ranked number 1 as of May, 2014 in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).[3] Ma was born in Anshan City, Liaoning Province, China. He has won a record 5 ITTF Pro Tour tournaments in a row. In this streak he has won 35 sets in a row.

Equipment/playing style[edit]

Ma currently uses a DHS Hurricane Long 5 blade, DHS Hurricane 3 NEO National blue sponge (black) on forehand and Tenergy 05 (red) for his backhand as of May 2014.

Ma is arguably the best two-winged looper in table tennis history. It is rare for him to be on the defensive as his table strategies are invariably strong and he is notorious for his ability to detect weaknesses immediately in his opponents. Ma's serves appear to be traditional pendulum serves, but are some of the most visually deceptive in the world. Ma's playing style is that of the modern strategy of close-range third ball play, as his range of attack is nearly unparalleled. His play strategy is primarily forehand-oriented, choosing to dominate play with powerful forehand loops, reserving the backhand for controlled returns and to set up the forehand. Ma became the youngest world champion at 18 years old after he participated in the 2006 Bremen World Team Championship. Ma developed his foundations under the tutelage of Wang Hao and former Chinese National Team coach Ma Kai Xuan before studying under Qin Zhi Jian.

Despite being the #1 player in the world for much of 2010–2012 stretch he was not chosen to represent China at the 2012 Olympics due to his temporary dip in ratings following a 560-day win streak on the ITTF pro tour when he dropped two matches in upsets by lower rated players. Players were selected based on the ITTF World rankings list. As a result he has not been given an opportunity to win an Olympic medal in singles at the time when he was widely accepted as the best table tennis player in the world. Chinese National Team coach Liu Guoliang remarked that Ma has all the tools necessary to be the best, yet at major tournaments, he has so far lacked sufficient mental toughness to play to his full ability when under pressure.

Career records[edit]

Singles (as of September 10, 2013)[4]

  • World Championships: SF (2009, 11, 13).
  • World Cup appearances: 3. Record: 1st (2012), 3rd (2008, 09).
  • ITTF World Tour winner (15): Kuwait, German Open 2007; Korea, Singapore Open 2008; Danish, Kuwait, China (Suzhou), English Open 2009; German Open 2010; China (Suzhou), Austrian, Swedish Open 2011; Hungarian Open 2012; Qatar, China Open 2013.
    Runner-up (9): German Open 2005; Japan, Swedish Open 2007; UAE, China (Shenzen) Open 2011; Slovenian Open 2012, China Open 2012; Kuwait, Korea Open 2013, China Open 2014.
  • ITTF World Tour Grand Finals appearances: 5. Record: winner (2008, 2009, 2011); SF (2007).
  • Asian Games: winner (2010).
  • Asian Championships: winner (2009, 12, 13); runner-up (2007).
  • Asian Cup: winner (2008, 09, 11, 14).
  • China National Games: winner (2013), runner-up (2009).
  • World Junior Championships: winner (2004).

Men's Doubles

  • World Championships: winner (2011); runner-up (2009).
  • World Tour winner (14): China (Harbin) Open 2005; Slovenian Open 2006; Swedish Open 2007; Danish, Qatar, English Open 2009; Kuwait, German Open 2010; China (Shenzen), Austrian Open 2011; Slovenian, Korea, China Open 2012; China Open 2013.
    Runner-up (10): China (Shenzhen) Open 2005; Singapore Open 2006; China (Shenzhen) Open 2007; Qatar, Korea Open 2008; Kuwait Open 2009; China (Suzhou) Open 2011; Kuwait, Qatar, Korea Open 2013, China Open 2014.
  • Pro Tour Grand Finals appearances: 3. Record: winner (2006); runner-up (2011); SF (2007).
  • Asian Games: SF (2006).
  • Asian Championships: winner (2007, 09, 13); SF (2012).

Mixed Doubles

  • Asian Games: QF (2006).
  • Asian Championships: winner (2009); SF (2005).
  • China National Games: winner (2013).

Team

  • Olympics: 1st (2012)
  • World Championships: 1st (2006, 08, 10, 12, 14).
  • World Team Cup: 1st (2009, 10, 11, 13).
  • Asian Games: 1st (2006, 10).
  • Asian Championships: 1st (2005, 07, 09, 12, 13).

Other

  • Winning Streak: He went unbeaten for 40 single matches by December 2011.[5]
  • Did not drop a set in two tournaments: the Swedish Open 2011 and WTTTC 2012.
  • Because of the number of ITTF Pro Tour events he has won, he is nicknamed to be the "ITTF Pro Tour King."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MA Long – Biography". gz2010.cn. Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "MA Long – Biography". gz2010.cn. Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ "ITTF world ranking". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "ITTF Statistics". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ma Long Extends Amazing Run, World Champion Beaten in London Final". ITTF. Retrieved December 19, 2011.