Zeina Shaban

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HRH Princess Zeina Rashid
NationalityJordanian
Born (1988-05-12) 12 May 1988 (age 31)
Amman, Jordan
Playing styleRight-handed, shakehand grip
Equipment(s)Tibhar
Highest ranking278 (As of December 2008)
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb)

Zeina Shaban (Arabic: زينة شعبان‎; born 12 May 1988) is a Jordanian table tennis player.[1] She is considered one of Jordan's most promising athletes for her excellence and outstanding achievement in sport. She competed at the ITTF World Junior Cup circuit and Liebherr World Championships, and achieved her sporting success by winning two silver medals from the Arab Cup. Shaban was also given an opportunity to qualify for two Olympic games by obtaining a scholarship from the Olympic Solidarity Fund. Shaban is right-handed and uses the shakehand grip with an attacking chopper. As of December 2008, she is ranked no. 278 in the world by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

Table tennis career[edit]

Born in Amman, Jordan, Shaban was introduced to table tennis at the age of six, where she occasionally played with her father. In 1996, she headed with her family to watch the Summer Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia. Shaban rapidly changed her life, when she first met Chinese table tennis player and then-world champion Deng Yaping, who motivated her to play for the sport.[2] The following year, Shaban traveled on her first camp to Shanghai, China, where she spent months of training and preparation to become a worthy and successful table tennis player.

Following her training in China and even in Europe, Shaban achieved an early success in table tennis, when she claimed the title for the under-14 category at the national junior championships. At the age of ten, she made her inaugural international appearance at the U.S. Open Table Tennis Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she displayed her exquisite talent and performance to obtain the tournament title in the women's under-10 category.[2][3] She continued to build her success in sport by participating as the nation's leading player at the ITTF World Junior Circuit, ITTF Pro Tour and at both the Liebherr World Individual Championships and World Team Championships. She also won two silver medals at the Arab Cup in Sanaa, Yemen (2003) and in Beirut, Lebanon (2004).[4]

In 2003, Shaban became a seasoned veteran, and was named Jordan's athlete of the year.[2] She also became one of the most distinguished and promising athletes to be selected for an Olympic Solidarity Scholarship, which helped improve her chances to qualify for the Olympic games.[3]

At age sixteen, Shaban made her official debut for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, after booking her place from the West Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in Doha, Qatar. She reached the second preliminary match of the women's singles, where she lost to three-time Olympian Adriana Simion-Zamfir of Romania. Shortly after the Olympics, she was awarded the prestigious King Hussein Medal for Achievement by His Majesty King Abdullah II, for her full participation to the games and vast display of sportsmanship and national pride.[2]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Shaban was given the honor and prestige of carrying the nation's flag in the opening ceremony.[5][6] She competed for the second time in the women's singles tournament, where she lost her first match to Czech Republic's Dana Hadačová, with a set score of 0–4.[7]

Shaban is a member of TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen and 3B Berlin Table Tennis Club in Germany, being coached and trained by Swedish national Anders Johansson.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Shaban is also a management graduate, with a degree major in economics, at the Royal Holloway, University of London.[8] On July 22, 2011, she officially married Prince Rashid bin Hassan at the Basman Palace in Amman.[9] She has given birth to two sons, Prince Hassan and Prince Talal since her marriage.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Zeina Shaban". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Young Shaban brings experience to the table". Sportsbeat UK. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b Andersson, Mikael (4 April 2003). "In the shadows of the war!". ITTF. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b Marshall, Ian. "Young Pretender". ITTF. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  5. ^ Marshall, Ian (20 October 2010). "Five Rings in Athens and Beijing but Just One for Zeina Shaban in Jordan". ITTF. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Jordan to have a female flag bearer for Beijing Olympics". Xinhua. 2 August 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Women's Singles First Round". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls gear up for Beijing". Royal Holloway College. 21 July 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Wedding of Prince Rashid and Zeina Shaban". Royalty in the News. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  10. ^ "Prince Rashed, Princess Zeina welcome baby boy" Petra News Agency, 2 February 2016.

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