Xu Xin (table tennis)

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Xu Xin
ITTF World Tour 2017 German Open Xu Xin 04.jpg
ITTF World Tour 2017 German Open, Magdeburg, Germany, 7 Nov 2017 - 12 Nov 2017, Xu Xin
Personal information
Nationality Chinese
Born (1990-01-08) 8 January 1990 (age 28)[1]
Xuzhou, Jiangsu, China
Playing style left-handed, penhold grip
Equipment(s) Stiga Intensity NCT, Custom DHS Hurricane 3 NEO (red,BH), DHS NEO Skyline 2 TG2 (Black,FH)
Highest ranking 1
Current ranking 4 (April 2018)
Club Shanghai Guanshengyuan
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)

Xu Xin (simplified Chinese: 许昕; traditional Chinese: 許昕; pinyin: Xǔ Xīn; born 8 January 1990) is a Chinese table tennis player and is currently the No. 4 ranked player in the world, as of April 2018.

Equipment/Playing Style[edit]

Xu Xin in the men's final of the Qatar Open 2012

Xu Xin is a STIGA sponsored athlete. He uses a STIGA Intensity NCT as his blade, a custom made DHS Hurricane 3 NEO rubber for his backhand (red), and a DHS NEO Skyline 2 TG2 (Blue Sponge) for his forehand (black). He currently uses DHS N301 custom made blade with DHS NEO Skyline TG2 (Blue Sponge) for his forehand (black) and DHS Hurricane 3 NEO (orange sponge) for his backhand (red).

Xu Xin is one of the few penhold grip players in China, especially among the younger generation who are mostly shakehand players. He follows the footsteps of other penhold champions such as Wang Hao and Ma Lin.

With his long arms and frame, he is able to more easily reach balls hit wide. His long arms enable a graceful, unique forehand loop, with his arm almost fully outstretched. He has also adopted the reverse penhold backhand grip, a recent development for China's backhand penholders, allowing a two winged attack. He still uses a traditional penhold backhand to lob and push the ball with the forehand side of his racket.

Xu Xin's main strength is his shot variation and blazing forehand loops, often stepping very deep into his backhand corner to use his forehand. He sets these shots up with his extremely spinny and deceptive serves, and has some of the best footwork in table tennis. He is also somewhat of a 'crowd entertainer' often coming up with wild, and sometimes inappropriate shots. He has been coined the 'show man' in recent years. This is perhaps due to his playful nature and confidence in playing. He admitted that he hopes to try to be more efficient and effective with his shot selection as he matures and carries more responsibilities.

In January 2013, he reached the No. 1 spot in the World Rankings thanks to the points obtained by winning the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in December 2012.

In January 2014, Xu Xin defended his title by beating world No. 1 ranked Ma Long in the finals match of the 2013 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals held in Dubai.

In 2016, Xu Xin defeated world No.1 ranked and current World Champion Ma Long 4-2 in the semi-finals match of the 2016 Japan Open, but then was beaten by world No. 2 ranked Fan Zhendong in the finals. One week later after the Japan Open, Xu Xin won his third Korea Open title after beating Ma Long again 4-3 in the finals.[2][3]

However, he was deemed not good enough to be entered into the singles tournament of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.

In late 2017 he had a disappointing German Open, where in doubles Xu, and his partner Fan Zhendong were knocked out in the Round of 16, and lost in the Quarterfinals to Lee Sangsu 4-0 in the singles event. However, one week later in the Swedish Open, he won the doubles event with Fan Zhendong, before defeating Fan, the world No. 2, 4-1 one hour later in the Mens Singles event.

Career records (as of Dec 11, 2017)[edit]

ITTF World Tour 2017 German Open
Singles [4]
  • World Championships: SF (2013, 2017).
  • World Cup appearances: 3. Record: winner (2013), runner up (2016), 4th (2012).
  • World Tour winner (×13): Kuwait Open 2010; Slovenian Open 2011, Qatar Open 2011; Qatar Open 2012; China Open 2012, Russian Open 2012, Korea Open 2013; Qatar Open 2014, Korea Open 2014; Japan (Yokohama) Open 2015; Korea Open 2016; Swedish Open 2017.
    Runner-up (×8): Belarus Open 2008; Korea Open 2012; China Open 2013; China Open 2014; Kuwait Open 2015, China Open 2015, Swedish Open 2015, Japan Open 2016; Swedish Open 2017.
  • World Tour Grand Finals appearances: 6. Record: winner (2012, 2013), runner up (2009, 2010), SF (2015, 16), QF (2017).
  • Asian Games: winner (2014).
  • Asian Championships: runner-up (2015); SF (2009, 12).
  • Asian Cup: winner (2012, 13, 15, 16); 2nd (2011); 3rd (2010).
  • World Championships: winner (2011, 15, 17); runner-up (2009).
  • World Tour winner (×21): Slovenian Open 2009, Danish Open 2009, Qatar Open 2009, China Open 2010, English Open 2011, Qatar Open 2011; Qatar Open 2012, Russian Open 2012, Korea Open 2012, China Open 2012; Kuwait Open 2013, China Open 2013, Swedish Open 2013; Japan Open 2015, China Open 2015, Swedish Open 2015; Kuwai Open 2016, Japan (Tokyo) Open 2016, Korea Open 2016; Japan Open 2017; Swedish Open 2017.
    Runner-up (×10): China (Suzhou) Open 2009; Qatar Open 2010, Kuwait Open 2010; UAE Open 2011; Hungarian Open 2012, Slovenian Open 2012; Swedish Open 2014, China Open 2014; Kuwait Open 2015; China Open 2016.
  • Asian Games: runner-up (2010, 14).
  • Asian Championships: winner (2009, 15), runner-up (2013).
Mixed doubles
  • World Championships: winner (2015), QF (2009).
  • Asian Games: winner (2010).
  • Asian Championships: winner (2012), SF (2009).
  • Olympic Games: winner (2016).
  • World Championships: winner (2010, 12, 14, 16).
  • World Team Cup: winner (2009, 10, 11, 13, 15).
  • Asian Games: winner (2010, 14).
  • Asian Championships: winner (2009, 12, 13, 15, 17).

Personal life[edit]

Xu Xin married table tennis player Yao Yan in 2016.[5]