New table tennis league set to begin

More Sports Aug 2, 2018

New table tennis league set to begin

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Tomokazu Harimoto, Miu Hirano and other top Japanese table tennis players will look to develop themselves to genuinely become the world's dominant powerhouse by competing in the newly launched professional T.League. The league kicks off on Oct. 24 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan, which usually serves ...

More Sports Jun 24, 2017

Harimoto advances to China Open semifinals

Tomokazu Harimoto reached the China Open semifinals on Saturday after defeating countryman Koki Niwa in straight games in men's singles. The 13-year-old Harimoto will face Timo Boll of Germany in the last four. Yuya Oshima and Masaki Yoshida were eliminated in the quarterfinals in Chengdu, China. The ...

More Sports Jun 4, 2017

Niwa reaches world table tennis quarterfinals

Koki Niwa fended off Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov 4-3 to advance to the men's singles quarterfinals at the world championships on Sunday. Niwa, ranked 11th in the world, defeated No. 5 Ovtcharov 11-13, 11-9, 11-13, 12-10, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9 and was set to face second-ranked Fan ...

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 Apr 25, 2016

Hirano, Mizutani win Polish Open

Miu Hirano and Jun Mizutani won the women's and men's singles finals, respectively, to highlight Japan's dominant showing at the Polish Open on Sunday. The 16-year-old Hirano, who is seeded 11th, eased past Yu Mengyu of Singapore 12-10, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7 at Arena Ursynow, earning ...

More Sports Mar 4, 2016

Japan men advance to semifinals at table tennis worlds

Japan's men beat Hong Kong 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships on Friday, securing a medal for the fifth straight tournament. Japan, ranked third in the world, was ahead after Jun Mizutani took the first match 13-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-5 ...

More Sports Oct 17, 2015

Paddlers Niwa, Mizutani reach World Cup quarterfinals

Japan's top two male players, Koki Niwa, and Jun Mizutani, won through to the quarterfinals of the men's table tennis World Cup in Halmstad, Sweden, on Saturday. The world No 14 Niwa swapped games early with his lower-ranked Austrian opponent, Robert Gardos, giving up the ...