More Sports May 5, 2016

Fukuhara, Ishikawa secure Olympic spots

Ai Fukuhara and Kasumi Ishikawa both qualified for the women's singles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics based on the latest rankings released by the International Table Tennis Federation on Thursday. Jun Mizutani and Koki Niwa also secured their berths in the men's singles as ...

More Sports Jan 16, 2016

Fukuhara knocked out of nationals

Ai Fukuhara's bid to win her first national title in three years ended on Friday with a sixth-round defeat. With the exception of last year — when she did not compete — Fukuhara had reached the quarterfinals every year since 2010. But in an up-and-down ...

Fukuhara eliminated in Women's World Cup quarterfinals

More Sports Oct 31, 2015

Fukuhara eliminated in Women's World Cup quarterfinals

Hometown favorite Ai Fukuhara crashed out of the table tennis Women's World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday, throwing away a three-game lead to lose to low-ranked German opponent Petrissa Solja, 4-3. The world No. 4 Fukuhara looked like she would breeze through after going up 3-0 ...

More Sports Oct 29, 2015

Table tennis stars target World Cup success in Sendai

Ai Fukuhara and Kasumi Ishikawa enter the 2015 table tennis World Cup in career-best form, putting them in the best-possible position to end China's longtime grip on the tournament, which begins Friday in Sendai. Fukuhara, who was born in Sendai, says she will be doing ...