3. Liu Guoliang
46 years old Liu Guoliang is the second player in the history of table tennis to achieve a career grand slam. The player hails from Henan, China, and was born in 1976.
After winning all the tiles at significant world tournaments, he retired after the 2001 season. At 27, he was appointed the coach of the Chinese national men’s team. The talented did not disappoint at this role too!
He is widely considered the most successful coach in the history of table tennis. He has coached some of the finest players like Ma Lin, Wang Hao, and Wang Liqin.
Since Liu has taken the position as a coach, Chinese men have won every men’s singles team’s championships in the world table tennis championships.
Interestingly, his older brother Liu Gudong is also an excellent table tennis player. He has previously worked as the head coach of Singapore’s women’s table tennis team and is currently coaching the Indonesian team.
2. Jan Ove- Waldner
56 years old Jan Ove-Waldner is a legend in the world of table tennis. Waldner is the first person ever to complete a TT grand slam.
Although he is Swedish, he is more prevalent in China, dearly called Lao Wa. It is said that during the 200s.,.he was more prevalent in China than the American president Bill Clinton.
One of the reasons why Jan is considered a great player is his unmatched serving ability. At the young age of seven, he had mastered the art of returning 75 backhands without a single mistake.
He also quickly learned to easily trick opponents with different angles, types, and forces of serve. TT analysts say that no one else has the kind of connection Jan has with his bat and ball. For that reason, Ove has earned the nickname ‘The Mozart of table tennis.’
Another reason why he is highly regarded is his longevity. He played tennis professionally from the 1990s till his last match in 2016. During those years, he won 6 world championship singles medals,
Well, recently tennis world has seen younger players who have surpassed the medal tally of Jan Ove. However, the legend of Waldner is sure to live on.
1. Ma Long
The number two title among the best table tennis players goes to Chinese player Ma Long. In the recent years, he has won many big titles back to back, surpassing the track record of other great players like Waldner.
The list of his accomplishments in tennis goes on and on. He is a two-times Olympic gold medalist (2016, 2020), three times world championship winner in singles ((2015, 2017, 2019), two times world championship winner in doubles (2011, 2019).
Furthermore, he has given consistent performance in the world cup as well with two gold medals (2012, 2015), two silvers (2012, 2015), and three bronzes (2008,2009, 2017).
He has an astounding 24 titles in the ITTF pro tour, which Is way high against Zhang Jike’s six and Waldner’s 4. He is three times Asian champion and two times china national champion.
We have reached the end of the article. Here is a quick summary of the list:
- Ma Long
- Jan Ove-Waldner
- Liu Guoliang
- Deng YaPing
- Wang Liqin
- kong Linghui
- Zhang Jike
- Wang Hao
- Wang Nan
- Xu Xing
- Zhang Yining
- Timo Boll
- Ma Lin
- Ichiro Ogimura
- Guo Ye