ITTF World Tour 2017 German Open, Magdeburg, Germany
6 August 1991 |
|Highest ranking||26th (April 2016)|
|Current ranking||27th (August 2016)|
|Club||AS Pontoise-Cergy TT|
Born in Trollhättan, Västra Götaland, Karlsson started to play table tennis in his hometown club at the age of 8. He remained in Trollhättan until he was 16, subsequently he moved away from home to go to high school. During his high school years Karlsson had 10 training sessions a week.
In 2011 he signed to Halmstad BTK and began to rose through the ranks quickly. Ranked outside the top 400 in October 2010, Karlsson finished 2011 in the 233th position, and at the end of 2012 he ranked 129. The year 2012 also marked his first senior success, winning the silver medal at the 2012 Table Tennis European Championships in men's doubles.
His performances also attracted French top division side AS Pontoise-Cergy TT and Karlsson eventually signed to the club in September 2013. He won the Champions League with AS Pontoise-Cergy in 2014.
- "Kristian Karlsson Profile" (in Swedish). Swedish Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "Kristian Karlsson Ranking History". International Table Tennis Federation. Archived from the original on 2 April 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "Rapid Table Tennis Development – with Kristian Karlsson". Expert Table Tennis. 20 January 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "EM-silver för svensk duo i bordtennis" [EC-silver for Swedish duo in table tennis] (in Swedish). Sportbladet. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "Tennis de table: Kristian Karlsson, nouvelle recrue de Pontoise-Cergy" [Kristian Karlsson, new recruitment of Pontoise-Cergy] (in French). La Gazette de Val d'Oise. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2014.