Novice Sun, top-ranked Ma win Japan Open titles

Jun 18, 2017

Novice Sun, top-ranked Ma win Japan Open titles

China's 16-year-old Sun Yingsha marked a stunning ITTF World Tour debut by winning the Japan Open women's singles on Sunday, while world No. 1 Ma Long claimed his first title. Sun, who won the women's doubles title a day earlier at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, was ...

Japan captures first world championship in mixed doubles in 48 years

Jun 4, 2017

Japan captures first world championship in mixed doubles in 48 years

Maharu Yoshimura and Kasumi Ishikawa won Japan's first mixed-doubles gold in 48 years on Saturday at the World Table Tennis Championships, while Tomokazu Harimoto became the youngest player to reach quarterfinals. Yoshimura and Ishikawa, the runners-up last year, overcame a 3-1 deficit to beat Taiwan's ...

Table tennis prodigy Harimoto misses out on record

Feb 20, 2017

Table tennis prodigy Harimoto misses out on record

A 13-year-old Japanese table tennis prodigy has set his sights on the Tokyo Olympics after he narrowly failed to become the youngest champion in World Tour history in New Delhi. Fourteenth seed Tomokazu Harimoto lost to top seed Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany 11-6, 11-8, 11-4, ...

China denies Japan world table tennis title

Mar 6, 2016

China denies Japan world table tennis title

Japan's women were defeated 3-0 by China in the final of the World Team Table Tennis Championships on Sunday, missing out on the title they last won in 1971. Captain Ai Fukuhara, ranked world No.4, was beaten by No. 1 Liu Shiwen 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 ...

Dec 11, 2015

Teenager Ito earns table tennis accolade

Mima Ito, a 15-year-old table tennis prodigy, won the newly established Breakthrough Star of the Year award on Wednesday at the International Table Tennis Federation's end-of-year awards in Lisbon. Ito, who won the German Open in March at 14 to become the youngest singles winner ...

May 2, 2015

Japanese pair left to settle for third

Kenta Matsudaira and Koki Niwa will leave the table tennis world championships with bronze medals in men's doubles after losing their semifinal on Saturday. Matsudaira and Niwa were beaten in straight games by China's Fan Zhengdong and Zhou Yu 11-3, 11-7, 12-10, 16-14. "It was a ...