Werner Schlager

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Werner Schlager
Schlager Werner 2006.jpg
Personal information
Full name Werner Schlager
Nationality  Austria
Born (1972-09-28) September 28, 1972 (age 42)[1]
Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Playing style Shake hands grip
Highest ranking 1 (June 2003)[2]
Club SVS Niederösterreich
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb; 11 st)

Werner Schlager (born September 28, 1972 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria) is a former world champion table tennis player from Austria.[1]

Career[edit]

Schlager began playing table tennis when he was six years old, learning from his father and brother who were also top Austrian players, making them ideal training partners. After placing top in numerous singles and doubles tournaments, he won the 2003 Singles World Championship held in Paris beating South Korean Joo Se-Hyuk in the finals to clinch the top spot.[3]

He is therefore the first Austrian since Richard Bergmann in 1937 to win the World Championship Singles.[4] That year, he was voted Austrian Sportsman of the Year and selected in China as "The most popular foreign sportsman".

In 2009, Schlager founded the Werner Schlager Academy in Schwechat close to Vienna, a training centre which is also home to clubs SVS Niederösterreich and SVS Ströck.[5]

Tournament history and credentials[edit]

Singles (as of August 25, 2010)[6]

  • Olympics: QF (2000).[7]
  • World Championships: winner (2003); SF (1999).
  • World Cup appearances: 10. Record: runner-up (1999).
  • Pro Tour winner (×4): 1996 Austrian Open; 2002 Brazil, Korea Open; 2004 Croatian Open.
    Runner-up (×7): 1999 Croatian Open; 2000 Danish Open; 2001 German Open; 2002 Polish Open; 2004 Egypt, Brazil Open; 2005 Croatian Open.
  • Pro Tour Grand Finals appearances: 11. Record: SF (1999).
  • European Championships: runner-up (2009); SF (2002, 08).
  • Europe Top-12: 1st (2000, 08); 2nd (2004, 06); 3rd (2003).

Men's Doubles

  • Olympics: QF (2000).
  • World Championships: QF (1997, 99, 2003).
  • Pro Tour winner (×11): 1996 English, USA, Australia Open; 1997 Polish Open; 1998 Croatian Open; 1999 Australia, Czech Open; 2000 Danish Open; 2001 Brazil Open; 2002 Brazil Open; 2005 Russian Open; 2006 German Open.
    Runner-up (×7): 1997 Australia Open; 1999 Brazil Open; 2000 Polish Open; 2003 Qatar, German Open; 2004 Croatian, Egypt Open.
  • Pro Tour Grand Finals appearances: 10. Record: SF (1999).
  • European Championships: winner (2005); runner-up (2008); SF (1998, 2000, 03, 07).

Mixed Doubles

  • World Championships: QF (2005).
  • European Championships: winner (2003); SF (2002, 05).

Team

  • Olympics: 4th (2008).
  • World Championships: 5th (2001).
  • World Team Cup: 3rd (2007).
  • European Championships: 2nd (2005).

Honours and awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ITTF player's profile". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  2. ^ "ITTF world ranking". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  3. ^ Marshall, Ian (May 25, 2003). "SCHLAGER is Number One". ITTF. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  4. ^ "List of World Championships finalists in Men's Singles". ITTF Statistics. ITTF. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  5. ^ http://www.wsa-tt.com/
  6. ^ "ITTF Statistics". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  7. ^ "Olympic results". http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
Awards
Preceded by
Stephan Eberharter
Austrian Sportsman of the year
2003
Succeeded by
Markus Rogan
Sporting positions
Preceded by
China Wang Liqin
World Table Tennis Champion
2003
Succeeded by
China Wang Liqin