Ma Long (table tennis)
October 20, 1988 |
|Playing style||Right-handed, shakehand grip|
|Equipment(s)||DHS Hurricane Long 5 National, DHS Hurricane 3 NEO National (FH, Black), DHS Hurricane 3 NEO National (BH, Red)|
|Highest ranking||1 (January 2010)|
|Current ranking||1 (September 2015)|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (150 lb; 11 st)|
Ma Long (simplified Chinese: 马龙; traditional Chinese: 馬龍; pinyin: Mǎ Lóng; born 20 October 1988) is a Chinese male table tennis player. As of September 2015, he is ranked number 1 in the world, in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). Ma was born in Anshan, Liaoning, China. He has won a record 5 ITTF Pro Tour tournaments in a row. In this streak he has won 35 sets in a row. At the 2015 World Table Tennis Championships, Ma Long won the men's singles title against his compatriot Fang Bo 4 sets to 2.
Ma is arguably the best two-winged looper in table tennis history. His serves appear to be traditional pendulum serves, but are some of the most visually deceptive in the world. Ma's playing style is that of the modern strategy of close-range third ball play, as his range of attack is nearly unparalleled. His play strategy is primarily forehand-oriented, choosing to dominate play with powerful forehand loops, reserving the backhand for controlled returns and to set up the forehand. Ma became the youngest world champion at 18 years old after he participated in the 2006 Bremen World Team Championship. Ma developed his foundations under the tutelage of Wang Hao and former Chinese National Team coach Ma Kai Xuan before studying under Qin Zhi Jian.
Despite being the #1 player in the world for much of 2010–2012 stretch he was not chosen to represent China at the 2012 Olympics due to his temporary dip in ratings following a 560-day win streak on the ITTF pro tour when he dropped two matches in upsets by lower rated players. Players were selected based on the ITTF World rankings list. As a result he has not been given an opportunity to win an Olympic medal in singles at the time when he was widely accepted as the best table tennis player in the world. Chinese National Team coach Liu Guoliang remarked that Ma has all the tools necessary to be the best, yet at major tournaments, he has so far lacked sufficient mental toughness to play to his full ability when under pressure. Ma Long has since worked hard to improve his mental focus and performance under pressure. He recently won the gold medal singles title at WTTC 2015 in Suzhou, China.
- Singles (as of September 10, 2013)
- World Championships: winner (2015); SF (2009, 11, 13).
- World Cup appearances: 5. Record: winner (2012); runner-up (2014), 2nd runner-up (2008, 09).
- ITTF World Tour winner (20): Kuwait, German Open 2007; Korea, Singapore Open 2008; Danish, Kuwait, China (Suzhou), English Open 2009; German Open 2010; China (Suzhou), Austrian, Swedish Open 2011; Hungarian Open 2012; Qatar, China (Changchun), China (Suzhou) Open 2013; China (Chengdu) Open 2014; Kuwait, German, China (Chengdu) Open 2015.
Runner-up (10): German Open 2005; Japan, Swedish Open 2007; UAE, China (Shenzen) Open 2011; Slovenian, China (Shanghai) Open 2012; Kuwait, Korea, UAE Open 2013.
- ITTF World Tour Grand Finals appearances: 5. Record: winner (2008, 09, 11); runner-up (2013); SF (2007).
- Asian Games: winner (2010).
- Asian Championships: winner (2009, 12, 13); runner-up (2007).
- Asian Cup: winner (2008, 09, 11, 14).
- China National Games: winner (2013), runner-up (2009).
- World Junior Championships: winner (2004).
- Men's Doubles
- World Championships: winner (2011); runner-up (2009).
- World Tour winner (14): China (Harbin) Open 2005; Slovenian Open 2006; Swedish Open 2007; Danish, Qatar, English Open 2009; Kuwait, German Open 2010; China (Shenzen), Austrian Open 2011; Slovenian, Korea, China Open 2012; China Open 2013.
Runner-up (10): China (Shenzhen) Open 2005; Singapore Open 2006; China (Shenzhen) Open 2007; Qatar, Korea Open 2008; Kuwait Open 2009; China (Suzhou) Open 2011; Kuwait, Qatar, Korea Open 2013, China Open 2014.
- Pro Tour Grand Finals appearances: 3. Record: winner (2006); runner-up (2011); SF (2007).
- Asian Games: SF (2006).
- Asian Championships: winner (2007, 09, 13); SF (2012).
- Mixed Doubles
- Asian Games: QF (2006).
- Asian Championships: winner (2009); SF (2005).
- China National Games: winner (2013).
- Olympics: 1st (2012)
- World Championships: 1st (2006, 08, 10, 12, 14).
- World Team Cup: 1st (2009, 10, 11, 13, 15).
- Asian Games: 1st (2006, 10).
- Asian Championships: 1st (2005, 07, 09, 12, 13).
- Winning Streak: He went unbeaten for 40 single matches by December 2011.
- Did not drop a set in 3 tournaments: the Swedish Open 2011, WTTTC 2012 and 2014.
- Because of the number of ITTF Pro Tour events he has won, he is nicknamed to be the "ITTF Pro Tour King."
- The only one player who won chinese super league 3 time in row, of course being the most unbeaten player of the championship.
- China at the 2012 Summer Olympics#Table tennis
- Table tennis at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's team
- "MA Long – Biography". gz2010.cn. Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
- "Athlete's Profile". 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
- "ITTF world ranking". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
- "ITTF Statistics". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
- "Ma Long Extends Amazing Run, World Champion Beaten in London Final". ITTF. Retrieved December 19, 2011.