Table Tennis World Cup

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The Table Tennis World Cup has been held annually since 1980. There had been only men's singles until the inauguration of women's singles in 1996 and team competitions in 1990. The team competitions, the World Team Cup, were canceled until the relaunch in 2007, and now held in odd-numbered years. The competitions are sanctioned by International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and classified as R1 in rating weightings, B2 in bonus weightings in the ITTF world ranking.[1]

Composition[edit]

Men's and Women's World Cups[edit]

Participants of the competition are composed of:[2]

  • The current holder of the World Cup.
  • The World Champion.
  • The champion player or the strongest current player from each of the 6 continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceania).
  • 1 player from the host association.
  • The top 8 players from the world ranking list.
  • 2 wild card selections.
    • No more than 2 players from an association unless a third is invited as a wild card.
    • If the World Champion and the World Cup title holder is the same player, or the host association has a player qualified as title holder or from the world ranking, the vacancy goes to the next highest eligible player on the world ranking list.

World Team Cup[edit]

  • Top 7 associations at the preceding World Team Championships.
  • If the team of the host association is not on the top 7 list, the team of the host association and 4 teams from continental federations would be represented at the event.

Current Playing System[edit]

Men's and Women's World Cups[edit]

The playing system is determined by the Executive Committee on recommendation by the Competition Department.[2] The 2009 World Cup was divided into 3 stages. All matches were the best of 7 games.[3]

  1. The Preliminary Stage- Intercontinental Cup: The 4 continental representatives from Africa, Latin America, North America and Oceania compete on a group basis with all the members of the group. The winner of this group joins the remaining 15 players in the 1st stage.
  2. The 1st Stage- Group Stage: The 16 players are divided into 4 equal groups, with all the members of a group playing each other, and the group winners and runners-up advance towards the 2nd stage.
    1. The highest-ranked player is placed in Group A, the 2nd highest in Group B, the 3rd highest in Group C and the 4th highest in Group D. The remaining players are drawn into the 4 groups at a time in ranking order.
    2. If there are 2 players from the same association, they will be drawn into separate groups but the 3rd player from the same association may be drawn into any group.
  3. The 2nd Stage- Knockout:
    1. Quarter Finals: 4 quarter finals (Q1-Q4) are arranged according to both the groups and the rankings in the 1st Stage. Q1-Q4 are as follows: A1 vs. B2, C1 vs. D2, D1 vs. C2, and B1 vs. A2.
    2. Semi-finals: the matches are winner of Q1 vs. winner of Q2, and winner of Q3 vs. winner of Q4.
    3. Winners of semi-finals enter the final, with the losers of the semi-finals competing for the third place.

World Team Cup[edit]

All team matches are played on the Olympic System with a maximum of 4 singles and 1 doubles. And all individual matches of a team match are the best of 5 games.[2][4]

  1. Intercontinental Cup: The 4 teams from continental federations not qualified by their ranking at the preceding World Team Championships shall compete in an Intercontinental Cup played on round-robin. Only one team survives.
  2. Knockout: 7 teams qualified from World Team Championships and the host are seeded based on latest ITTF World Team Ranking. The winner of the Intercontinental Cup play a match against the lowest seeded of the other 8 teams, other than the host association's team. The winner of this match shall promote to final knockout. The top 4 seeds are separated in different matches in quarter-finals.

Winners[edit]

Men's singles[edit]

Year Host City Gold Silver Bronze
1980 Hong Kong China Guo Yuehua China Li Zhenshi Czechoslovakia Josef Dvoracek
1981 Kuala Lumpur Hungary Tibor Klampár China Xie Saike China Guo Yuehua
1982 Hong Kong China Guo Yuehua Sweden Mikael Appelgren China Xie Saike
1983 Barbados Sweden Mikael Appelgren Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner Sweden Erik Lindh
1984 Kuala Lumpur China Jiang Jialiang South Korea Kim Wan Sweden Ulf Bengtsson
1985 Foshan China Chen Xinhua Poland Andrzej Grubba China Jiang Jialiang
1986 Port of Spain China Chen Longcan China Jiang Jialiang South Korea Kim Wan
1987 Macao China Teng Yi China Jiang Jialiang Poland Andrzej Grubba
1988 Guangzhou & Wuhan Poland Andrzej Grubba China Chen Longcan China Jiang Jialiang
1989 Nairobi China Ma Wenge Poland Andrzej Grubba Sweden Mikael Appelgren
1990 Chiba City Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner China Ma Wenge China Chen Longcan
1991 Kuala Lumpur Sweden Jörgen Persson France Jean-Philippe Gatien Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner
1992 Ho Chi Minh City China Ma Wenge South Korea Kim Taek-Soo South Korea Yoo Nam Kyu
1993 Guangzhou Croatia Zoran Primorac China Wang Tao Canada Wenguan Johnny Huang
1994 Taipei France Jean-Philippe Gatien Belgium Jean-Michel Saive Croatia Zoran Primorac
1995 Nimes China Kong Linghui Germany Jörg Roßkopf China Liu Guoliang
1996 Nimes China Liu Guoliang Sweden Jan-Ove Waldner Belarus Vladimir Samsonov
1997 Nimes Croatia Zoran Primorac China Kong Linghui Belarus Vladimir Samsonov
1998 Shantou Germany Jörg Roßkopf South Korea Kim Taek-Soo Croatia Zoran Primorac
1999 Xiaolan Belarus Vladimir Samsonov Austria Werner Schlager Croatia Zoran Primorac
2000 Yangzhou China Ma Lin South Korea Kim Taek-Soo China Wang Liqin
2001 Courmayeur Belarus Vladimir Samsonov China Wang Liqin Germany Jörg Roßkopf
2002 Jinan Germany Timo Boll China Kong Linghui Croatia Zoran Primorac
2003 Jiangyin China Ma Lin Greece Kalinikos Kreanga China Wang Liqin
2004 Hangzhou China Ma Lin Greece Kalinikos Kreanga China Wang Hao
2005 Liege Germany Timo Boll China Wang Hao China Ma Lin
2006 Paris China Ma Lin China Wang Hao China Wang Liqin
2007 Barcelona China Wang Hao South Korea Ryu Seung Min China Wang Liqin
2008 Liege China Wang Hao Germany Timo Boll China Ma Long
2009 Moscow Belarus Vladimir Samsonov China Chen Qi China Ma Long
2010 Magdeburg China Wang Hao China Zhang Jike Germany Timo Boll
2011 Paris China Zhang Jike China Wang Hao South Korea Joo Se-Hyuk
2012 Liverpool China Ma Long Germany Timo Boll Belarus Vladimir Samsonov
2013 Verviers China Xu Xin Belarus Vladimir Samsonov Germany Dimitrij Ovtcharov
2014 Düsseldorf China Zhang Jike China Ma Long Germany Timo Boll

Women's singles[edit]

Year Host City Gold Silver Bronze
1996 Hong Kong China Deng Yaping China Yang Ying China Wang Chen
1997 Shanghai China Wang Nan China Li Ju New Zealand Li Chunli
1998 Taipei China Wang Nan China Li Ju Chinese Taipei Chen-Tong Fei-Ming
2000 Phnom Penh China Li Ju China Wang Nan China Sun Jin
2001 Wuhu China Zhang Yining North Korea Kim Hyon Hui Romania Mihaela Steff
2002 Singapore China Zhang Yining China Li Nan Hong Kong Tie Yana
2003 Hong Kong China Wang Nan China Niu Jianfeng China Zhang Yining
2004 Hangzhou China Zhang Yining China Wang Nan Hong Kong Tie Yana
2005 Guangzhou China Zhang Yining China Guo Yan Japan Ai Fukuhara
2006 Urumqi China Guo Yan China Zhang Yining Singapore Li Jiawei
2007 Chengdu China Wang Nan China Zhang Yining China Guo Yue
2008 Kuala Lumpur China Li Xiaoxia Hong Kong Tie Yana Singapore Feng Tianwei
2009 Guangzhou China Liu Shiwen China Guo Yue China Li Xiaoxia
2010 Kuala Lumpur China Guo Yan Hong Kong Jiang Huajun China Guo Yue
2011 Singapore China Ding Ning China Li Xiaoxia Hong Kong Tie Yana
2012 Huangshi China Liu Shiwen Romania Elizabeta Samara Spain Shen Yanfei
2013 Kobe China Liu Shiwen China Wu Yang Singapore Feng Tianwei
2014 Linz China Ding Ning China Li Xiaoxia Japan Kasumi Ishikawa

Men's doubles[edit]

Year Host City Gold Silver Bronze
1990 Seoul South Korea Kim Taek-Soo
South Korea Yoo Nam-Kyu
Germany Steffen Fetzner
Germany Jörg Roßkopf
Poland Andrzej Grubba
Poland Leszek Kucharski
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ilija Lupulesku
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zoran Primorac
1992 Las Vegas South Korea Kim Taek-Soo
South Korea Yoo Nam-Kyu
Russia Andrei Mazunov
Russia Dmitrij Mazunov
Germany Steffen Fetzner
Germany Jörg Roßkopf
South Korea Kang Hee-Chan
South Korea Lee Chul-Seung

Women's doubles[edit]

Year Host City Gold Silver Bronze
1990 Seoul South Korea Hong Cha-Ok
South Korea Hyun Jung-Hwa
Hong Kong Chai Po Wa
Hong Kong Chan Tan Lui
China Deng Yaping
China Hu Xiaoxin
South Korea Hong Soon-Hwa
South Korea Lee Tae-Joo
1992 Las Vegas China Deng Yaping
China Qiao Hong
South Korea Hong Cha-Ok
South Korea Hyun Jung-Hwa
Hong Kong Chai Po Wa
Hong Kong Chan Tan Lui
China Chen Zihe
China Gao Jun

Men's team[edit]

Year Host City Gold Silver Bronze
1990 Chiba City Sweden Sweden China China England England
North Korea North Korea
1991 Barcelona China China Sweden Sweden France France
North Korea North Korea
1994 Nimes China China Sweden Sweden Belgium Belgium
France France
1995 Atlanta South Korea South Korea Germany Germany Japan Japan
United States United States
2007 Magdeburg China China Hong Kong Hong Kong Austria Austria
South Korea South Korea
2009 Linz China China South Korea South Korea Germany Germany
Hong Kong Hong Kong
2010 Dubai China China South Korea South Korea Austria Austria
Germany Germany
2011 Magdeburg China China South Korea South Korea Germany Germany
Japan Japan
2013 Guangzhou China China Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Egypt Egypt
Japan Japan

Women's team[edit]

Year Host City Gold Silver Bronze
1990 Chiba City China China North Korea North Korea Japan Japan
South Korea South Korea
1991 Barcelona China China South Korea South Korea Japan Japan
North Korea North Korea
1994 Nimes Russia Russia Germany Germany China China
Netherlands Netherlands
1995 Atlanta China China Romania Romania Hungary Hungary
South Korea South Korea
2007 Magdeburg China China South Korea South Korea Hong Kong Hong Kong
Hungary Hungary
2009 Linz China China Singapore Singapore Hong Kong Hong Kong
Japan Japan
2010 Dubai China China Singapore Singapore South Korea South Korea
Japan Japan
2011 Magdeburg China China Japan Japan Hong Kong Hong Kong
Singapore Singapore
2013 Guangzhou China China Japan Japan Hong Kong Hong Kong
Singapore Singapore

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