Wang Hao (table tennis)

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Wang Hao (table tennis)
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Nationality  China

Wáng Hào (Chinese: 王皓; pinyin: Wáng Hào; born 15 December 1983) is a Chinese table tennis player.[1][2] He became the World Champion in Men's Singles in Yokohama, Japan in May 2009, defeating 3-time World Champion Wang Liqin 4–0.[3] Other notable accomplishments include being a 3-time World Cup Champion in 2007, 2008 and 2010, a Singles Silver medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics Games.[4] In January 2010, he was replaced by Ma Long as the #1 rank on the official ITTF world rankings.[5] He was previously ranked #1 on the official ITTF world rankings for 27 consecutive months, from October 2007 to December 2009.[6] In April 2011, he was again the top ranked male player in the world. He is known to execute the Reverse Penhold Backhand (RPB) with exceptional skill.

During his career, he has appeared twelve times in major world competition finals, which is a record in this aspect. In men's singles, he has won the Asian Championship, Asian Cup, Asian Games, and Chinese National Games at least once.

Also, Wang Hao is the only person in the history of Table Tennis to have gone through 3 Olympic games, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, and London 2012, and to have won three silver medals respectively.

Equipment[edit]

Wang Hao currently uses a DHS Hurricane Hao blade with a DHS Skyline III Blue Sponge and Butterfly Sriver topsheet on Bryce sponge for his backhand.

Playing style[edit]

Wang uses a penhold grip. He is representative of a new wave of penhold players, having good attacking and defensive skills off both wings of the table. The greater freedom of the wrist involved in a penhold grip allows Wang Hao to generate large amounts of spin on the forehand side. As a result he is capable of high percentage attacking play well within the range of the table.

His reverse-sided backhand, popularly known as Reverse Penhold Backhand (RPB), is a standout stroke because he does not need to step around the table to use his forehand, unlike most penhold players who need to step around to cover up a relatively weaker backhand. The use of the reverse-side of the racquet was originally pioneered by former champion Liu Guoliang, but was largely unknown before Wang's domination since it was considered to be unorthodox and was rarely used by players in the professional scene. Moreover, Wang Hao is the player who best executes it without fail. He makes the RPB seems as if it is a normal shakehand backhand.

Compared to most pen-hold players on the professional circuit, Wang Hao uses the reverse-side for almost all shots on the backhand side, with the small exception of balls placed very slow and deep within the table during serves. This style of using the reverse-side exclusively for the backhand was considered to be improper, and when he first joined the national team most players did not think highly of him.[7] Regardless of Wang Hao's future performance, his rise to the top of the world table tennis rankings has convincingly demonstrated the viability of this new style, and his contribution to the table tennis community will forever cement his place in table tennis history.

Achievements[edit]

  • 1996: joined Jilin Provincial Table Tennis Team
  • 1998: joined National Team and turned pro
  • 1999 World Club Championships: Med 1.png Champion, team
  • 1999 Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships: Med 1.png Champion, team; Med 2.png runner-up, men's singles and men's doubles
  • 2000 World Club Championship: Med 2.png Runner-up, men's team
  • 2001 Ninth National Games: Med 1.png Champion, men's team
  • 2002 ITTF Pro Tour, Netherlands: Med 1.png Champion, men's singles; Med 3.png third, men's doubles
  • 2002 ITTF Pro Tour, Egypt: Med 1.png Champion, men's singles; Med 3.png third, men's doubles
  • 2003 47th World Table Tennis Championships: Med 2.png Runner-up, men's doubles : Med 3.png third, mixed doubles
  • 2003 ITTF Pro Tour, Croatia: Med 1.png Champion, men's singles
  • 2003 ITTF Pro Tour, China: Med 2.png Runner-up, men's singles and men's doubles
  • 2003 ITTF Pro Tour, Denmark: Med 1.png Champion, men's doubles
  • 2003 ITTF Pro Tour, Sweden: Med 1.png Champion, men's doubles
  • 2003 Asian Table Tennis Championships: Med 1.png Champion, men's team and men's singles; Med 3.png third, men's doubles
  • 2004 47th World Team Table Tennis Championships: Med 1.png Champion, men's team
  • 2004 Olympics: Med 2.png Silver medal, men's singles
  • 2004 World Cup: Med 3.png Third, men's singles
  • 2004 ITTF Pro Tour, Greece: Med 1.png Champion, men's singles; Med 2.png runner-up, men's doubles
  • 2004 ITTF Pro Tour, South Korea: Med 1.png Champion, men's doubles; Med 2.png runner-up, men's singles
  • 2004 ITTF Pro Tour, Changchun: Med 1.png Champion, men's doubles; Med 2.png runner-up, men's singles
  • 2004 World Cup: Med 1.png Champion, men's singles
  • 2005 48th World Table Tennis Championships: Med 1.png Champion, men's doubles
  • 2005 Asia Cup: Med 1.png Champion, men's singles
  • 2005 Asian Table Tennis Championships: Champion, men's team
  • 2005 Qatar Open: Med 1.png Champion, men's doubles
  • 2005 China Open: Med 2.png Runner-up, men's doubles (Harbin); Med 2.png Runner-up, men's singles (Shenzhen)
  • 2006 48th World Team Table Tennis Championships: Med 1.png Champion, men's team
  • 2006 World Cup: Med 2.png Runner-up, men's singles
  • 2006 ITTF Pro Tour, Slovenia: Med 1.png Champion, men's singles
  • 2006 ITTF Pro Tour, Croatia: Med 1.png Champion, men's doubles
  • 2006 ITTF Pro Tour, Qatar: Med 1.png Champion, men's doubles
  • 2006 ITTF Pro Tour, Japan: Med 1.png Champion, men's doubles; Med 2.png runner-up, men's singles
  • 2006 Asian Games: Med 1.png Champion, men's singles and team
  • 2007 World Table Tennis Championships: Med 2.png Runner-up, men's doubles; Med 3.png third, men's singles
  • 2007 World Cup: Med 1.png Champion, men's team and men's singles
  • 2007 ITTF Pro Tour, Slovenia: Med 1.png Champion, men's singles
  • 2007 ITTF Pro Tour, Croatia: Med 1.png Champion, men's doubles
  • 2007 ITTF Pro Tour, Shenzhen: Med 1.png Champion, men's singles and men's doubles
  • 2007 ITTF Pro Tour, Nanjing: Med 1.png Champion, men's doubles; Med 2.png runner-up, men's singles
  • 2007 ITTF Pro Tour, Japan: Med 1.png Champion, men's singles; Med 2.png runner-up, men's doubles
  • 2007 Asian Table Tennis Championships: Med 1.png Champion, men's team and men's singles; Med 2.png runner-up, men's doubles
  • 2008 Olympics: Med 1.png Champion, men's team
  • 2008 Olympics: Med 2.png Silver medal, men's singles
  • 2008 World Team Table Tennis Championships: Med 1.png Champion, men's team
  • 2009 World Table Tennis Championships: Med 1.png Champion, men's singles and men's double with Chen Qi
  • 2009 Eleventh National Games: Med 1.png Champion, men's singles and mixed doubles and men's team
  • 2010 World Team Table Tennis Championships: Med 1.png Champion, men's team
  • 2010 World Cup: Med 1.png Champion, men's singles
  • 2010 Asian Games: Med 2.png Silver Medal, men's singles
  • 2011 World Table Tennis Championships: Med 2.png Runner-up, men's singles; Med 3.png third, men's doubles
  • 2012 Olympics: Med 2.png Silver medal, men's singles
  • 2012 Olympics: Med 1.png Champion, men's Team.
  • 2013 World Table Tennis Championships: Med 2.png Runner-up, men's singles

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WANG Hao". ittf.com. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Wang Hao". 163.com (in Chinese). Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ "2009 WTTC (Men's Singles)". ittf.com. 
  4. ^ "WANG Hao (CHN)". ittf.com. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ Ian Marshall (January 3, 2010). "Summit Reached at the End of a Long Hard Road". ittf.com. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "World ranking Record for WANG Hao (CHN)". ittf.com. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Wang Hao Interview". 

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