Bernadette Szőcs

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Bernadette Szőcs
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Szőcs at Europe Top-16 Antibes 2017
Personal information
Full name Bernadette-Cynthia Szőcs
Nickname(s) Bernie
Nationality Romanian
Residence Bistrița, Romania[1]
Born (1995-03-05) March 5, 1995 (age 23)
Târgu Mureş, Romania
Playing style Right-handed, shakehand grip[2]
Equipment(s) Tibhar
Height 1.59 m (5 ft 3 in)[2]
Weight 48 kg (106 lb)[2]

Bernadette-Cynthia Szőcs (Hungarian: [ˈbɛrnɒdɛtt ˈsøːt͡ʃ]; born March 5, 1995 in Târgu Mureş)[3] is a Romanian professional table tennis player of Hungarian descent. In February 2010, due to the lack of financial support in Romania, Szőcs was about to move to and compete for Norway. According to her parents, they invested a big amount of money to ensure that Bernadette has the best possible competition program. However, at the other end, they did not receive any support from the national association or the sponsors.[4] Szőcs finally remained in Romania, although the financial problems were not solved. In September 2011, she traveled to Argentina for the World Junior Circuit event at her own expense, as the Romanian Table Tennis Federation refused to pay the trip due to lack of funds. This, however, did not pull back Bernadette, who went on to win the tournament, and by doing so she overtook Kasumi Ishikawa to reach the top spot in the competition series.[5]

In July 2012, she was ranked 5th in the ITTF World Junior Circuit.[6]


Szőcs comes from the Hungarian minority in Romania.[7] She has an older brother, Hunor, who is also a table tennis player. Their father and manager, János Szőcs, plays on keyboard in the rock band Autostop MS.[5]


  1. ^ "Szőcs Bernadett" (in Hungarian). 3szé 12 December 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "T2 APAC". Retrieved August 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on February 3, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Szőcs Bernadette Norvégiát képviseli majd?" (in Hungarian). Szé 22 February 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Szőcs Bernadette az ifjúsági világsorozat ranglistájának élén" (in Hungarian). Szé 23 September 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Under 18 World ranking". International Table Tennis Federation. 4 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Magyarokat vertek Bernadették és továbbjutottak" (in Hungarian). Transindex. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2012. The Hungarian girl from Târgu Mureş faced Petra Lovas in the second meeting held in Buzău and won 3–1. ("A marosvásárhelyi magyar lány Lovas Petrával mérte össze erejét a Buzăuban rendezett találkozó második mérkőzésén és 3–1-re győzött.) 
    "Szőcs Bernadette vezényletével aranyérmes Románia" (in Hungarian). 20 July 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2012. The national team tried to conquer the Turkish metropolis with Transylvanian Hungarians in their line-up, beside the Szőcs siblings from Târgu Mureş the Târgu Secuiesc-born Bernadett Bálint was also member of the squad. ("A válogatott erdélyi magyarokkal felszerelkezve kísérelte meghódítani a törökországi metropoliszt, a marosvásárhelyi Szőcs-testvérek mellett a Kézdivásárhelyen született Bálint Bernadett is tagja volt a keretnek.) 

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