Xu Xin (table tennis)

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Xu Xin
Xu Xin at the World Championship 2010
Personal information
Nationality  China
Born (1990-01-08) 8 January 1990 (age 27)[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 3 TG3 (Black,FH)
Highest ranking 1
Current ranking 3 (June 2017)
Club Shanghai Guanshengyuan
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Xu Xin in the men's final of the Qatar Open 2012

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. 3 ranked player in the world, as of July 2016.

Equipment/Playing Style[edit]

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 3 TG3 (Blue Sponge) for his forehand (black).

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 at mid to far distance. He is also a good lob defender, with great serves and decent footwork. However, his preference to play at a far distance is also one of his main weaknesses. While giving himself more time between shots, it also gives his opponents more time to react and he can be tamed by skillful attackers with good shot selection and neat placement. He is also somewhat of a 'crowd entertainer' often coming up with wild, and sometimes inappropriate shots. 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.

Career records[edit]

Singles (as of July 6, 2013)[4]
  • World Championships: SF (2013, 2017).
  • World Cup appearances: 2. Record: 4th (2012); winner (2013), runner up (2016).
  • World Tour winner (×10): Kuwait Open 2010; Slovenian Open 2011, Qatar Open 2011; Qatar Open 2012; China Open 2012, Russian Open 2012, Korea Open 2013; Japan (Yokohama) Open 2015; Japan (Tokyo) Open 2016; Korea Open 2016.
    Runner-up (×2): Belarus Open 2008; Korea Open 2012.
  • World Tour Grand Finals appearances: 4. Record: winner (2012, 2013), runner up (2010).
  • Asian Championships: F (2015); SF (2009, 12).
  • Asian Cup: winner (2013, 16); 2nd (2011); 3rd (2010).
Men's Doubles
  • World Championships: winner (2011); runner-up (2009);winner (2015,2017)
  • World Tour winner (×8): Slovenian, Danish, Qatar Open 2009; China Open 2010; English, Qatar Open 2011; Qatar Open 2012, Russian Open 2012; Kuwait Open 2013.
    Runner-up (×6): China (Suzhou) Open 2009; Qatar, Kuwait Open 2010; UAE Open 2011; Hungarian, Slovenian Open 2012.
  • Asian Games: runner-up (2010).
  • Asian Championships: winner (2009).
Mixed Doubles
  • World Championships: QF (2009), winner (2015).
  • Asian Games: winner (2010).
  • Asian Championships: winner (2012), SF (2009).
  • World Championships: winner (2010, 12, 14).
  • World Team Cup: winner (2009, 10, 11, 13).
  • Asian Games: winner (2010).
  • Asian Championships: winner (2009, 12, 13).


  1. ^ a b "ITTF players' profiles". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2015-02-25. 
  2. ^ http://www.ittf.com/_front_page/ittf_full_story1.asp?ID=44790&Competition_ID=2663&
  3. ^ http://www.ittf.com/_front_page/ittf_full_story1.asp?ID=44896&Competition_ID=2664&
  4. ^ "ITTF Statistics". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 2012-03-06.