Ding Ning

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Ding Ning
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Ding Ning in 2013
Personal information
Nationality Chinese
Born (1990-06-20) 20 June 1990 (age 27)[1]
Daqing, Heilongjiang, China
Playing style Left-handed, shakehand grip
Highest ranking 1
Current ranking 1 (June 2017)
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Weight 63 kg (139 lb) [2]

Ding Ning (simplified Chinese: 丁宁; traditional Chinese: 丁寧; pinyin: Dīng Níng; born 20 June 1990) is a Chinese table tennis player.[1] She was the winner of women's singles in the 2011 World Table Tennis Championships. At the 2015 World Table Tennis Championships, Ding Ning won her second world title in women's singles by defeating her compatriot Liu Shiwen 4-3 in the final. Ding Ning at the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships in Düsseldorf defeated  Zhu Yuling 4-2 in the final and became the World Championship for the third time. She won the women's table tennis singles gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Rio Olympics where she beat compatriot  Li Xiaoxia in the women's singles final.

Ding Ning at the 2016 Summer Olympics

London 2012 Controversy[edit]

In the Olympic Singles final against compatriot Li Xiaoxia, Italian umpire Paola Bongelli controversially and repeatedly cautioned Ding Ning for her backhand tomahawk serve. Bongelli deducted 3 penalty points from Ding Ning leading her to break down in tears in the fourth set. The controversial decisions from Bongelli hugely affected the game and caused her to lose the final. After the game Ding Ning stated, "I had an obstacle today, and not only from the opponent but from the judge as well," said Ning."I was affected by the judge. After the first one (point penalty), I tried to keep cool but could not hold it after the second. The judge was too strict. I always serve the ball like this. I have done that for the last two years and, even from the first game of the Olympics, I have served like this. I do not know what to say. As soon as I raised my hand to serve, she sentenced me with a service violation."

Career records[edit]

Singles (as of 2016)[3]
  • World Championships: Winner (2011,15,17)
  • World Cup: Winner (2011,14).
  • Pro Tour Winner (11): Kuwait Open (2009); English, UAE, Austrian Open (2011); Slovenian, Polish Open (2012); Austrian, Qatar, Russian Open (2013); China Open (2014); Korea, China Open (2016); China Open (2017)
    Runner-up (4): German Open (2010); Qatar, Harmony China <Suzhou> Open (2011); KRA Korea Open (2012); Kuwait, China, Polish Open (2015); Kuwait, Qatar, Japan Open (2016).
  • Pro Tour Grand Finals Winner (1): Lisbon, Portugal (2015)
    appearances: 4. Record: runner-up (2009, 11,12,13).
  • Asian Championships: winner (2009).
  • Asian Cup: Winner (2014); 2nd (2010); 3rd (2009).
  • World Junior Championships: winner (2005).
  • Olympics : Silver Medal (2012), Gold Medal (2016)
Women's Doubles
  • World Championships: runner-up (2009, 11,13,15,17).
  • Pro Tour Winner (18): Danish, China (Tianjin) Open (2009); Qatar Open (2010); Austrian Open (2011); Hungarian, Slovenian, KRA Korea Open (2012); Austrian, Kuwait, Qatar, Russian Open (2013); China Open (2014); Kuwait, Polish Open (2015); Kuwait, Qatar, Japan, Korean Open (2016); China Open (2017)
    Runner-up (8): China (Nanjing) Open 2007; Qatar Open (2009); Kuwait, German, China Open (2010); English, Qatar, Harmony China <Suzhou> Open (2011); China Open (2012,16)
  • Pro Tour Grand Finals appearances: 3. Record: winner (2009,2013,2015).
  • Asian Games: runner-up (2010).
  • Asian Championships: winner (2009).
Mixed Doubles
  • World Championships: round of 16 (2007).
  • Asian Games: quarterfinal (2010)
  • Asian Championships: runner-up (2009).
  • Chinese National Games: Winner (2013)
Team
  • World Championships: 1st (2012,2014,2016) ; 2nd (2010).
  • World Team Cup: 1st (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015).
  • Asian Games: 1st (2010,2014).
  • Asian Championships: 1st (2009, 2012, 2013,2015).
Olympic 2012
Olympic 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ITTF players' profiles". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Athlete's Profile". 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee. Archived from the original on 3 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "ITTF Statistics". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 4 August 2011.