Ultimate Table Tennis League Player Profiles

Ultimate Table Tennis

Here is a look at the Player Profiles of the top ten performers of this season. These players outdid themselves, reaching new heights in their playing capabilities through this tournament, leaving everyone else gasping for breath. Some of them are veterans who have already made their mark on the international table tennis platform, and others are players who are just getting started with their careers and have shown great promise and talent throughout this league. Without much further ado, here are the Ultimate top ten:

Ultimate Top Ten:

Wu Yang

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This 25-year-old, who won the Most Valuable Player female award this season of the CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis league, is currently ranked at World no.12. She has a unique chopping style of play, which she uses to neutralize any aggression shown by her opponent. However, she can also change it up really quickly and produce marvelous counter attacks whenever she feels the need to. This binary style of her’s was on display in her final match with the world no. 9 Han Ying, who is known to be one of the best defensive players in the world. Whenever the rallies got too long, Wu Yang took advantage of a loose ball and smashed it across the court.

The highest achievement of this young Chinese player is winning a gold medal in the team events in the Asian Table Tennis Championship in 2009. In addition to this, she even won the singles title at the World Junior Table Tennis Championship, also held in 2009.

Han Ying

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Next up is the world no. 9 female player Han Ying, who just barely missed out on the MVP Award. Her match against Wu Yang in the finals was the only one she lost in the entire tournament, which is a remarkable feat. Her defensive style of play continues to win her tournaments and matches, in spite of many experts saying that defensive styles are weaker. She aims to wear out her opponent through long rallies and test their patience by constantly chopping every smash and aggressive shot. This frustrates the opponent and forces them to commit errors, falling into a clever trap laid by Ying. This is exactly what has helped her win 3 Gold Medals in three consecutive years of 2013, 2014 & 2015 at the European Championships along with a Silver at the Rio Olympics of 2016.

Liam Pitchford

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This tenacious English player won the MVP Male award for this CEAT UTT league, and he deserved every bit of it. This 24-year-old player began to play Table Tennis when he was just eight years old and has been moving onward in the world of TT ever since. Since then, he has won several Commonwealth Games medals, played for top tier German leagues, entered the top 32 in men’s singles’ World Championship and a lot more. His signature offensive style with his bullet like backhand makes him a very worthy opponent.

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran

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Sathiyan is the only Indian player who was never defeated in a match by anyone. By winning every single one of his matches, he has surpassed the likes of Achanta Sharath Kamal and Harmeet Desai, the top two ranked Indian players playing in this league. Also a part time commentator, this young player’s best moment was when he defeated World no. 8 Wong Chun Ting in a scintillating match, where Ting was absolutely stunned by the young Indian’s offensive shots.

What’s more, he has also studied to be an engineer, which he did as a backup. Juggling both engineering and playing table tennis at a professional level shows a very high level of dedication along with willpower. After completing his engineering, he went on to win the World Open Championship at Belgium in 2016 along with a Gold medal at the Commonwealth Games of 2008.

Kim Song I

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Much like the German Han Ying, Kim too has a very defensive style of play, in which she aims to tire out her opponent with a flurry of chops. Hailing from the DPR of Korea, this young player has been really effective for the Dabang Smashers, with a massive 331 points from her 33 matches. She slowly increases the pace of her game and then when she spots a loose ball, she treats it with her signature forehand topspins. Her match with Han Yin was one of the most interesting and awaited matches of this tournament, and both of them brought their absolute A games. The match was eventually won by Ying, but Kim Song I managed to impress fans and opponents with her astounding level of play.

Her highest achievement is winning a Bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and clinching Gold medals in both the Swedish and Pyongyang Opens of 2012

Marcos Freitas

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The skipper of the Dabang Smashers, this veteran from Madeira, Portugal is a formidable offensive player who has the ability and sheer muscle power to smash the ball at will. Furthermore, he is a left handed player, which gives him an element of surprise and this has helped him score a massive 248 offensive points, which are a big part of the overall 356 points he has scored.

Before coming to the CEAT UTT, the 29-year-old has represented his country in the Beijing, Tokyo and Rio Olympics. His team greatly benefited from his experience and his mentorship was seminal in making them reach the Semi Finals.

Andrej Gacina

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Another player with a very powerful upper body, Andrej Gacina is a Croatian offensive player who is the captain of the finalists Shaze Challengers. This 31-year-old player has an offensive style in which he gives his opponent less room to respond to his bullet like shots. One memorable match of his was in the finals when he was up against the resurgent Liam Pitchford. Liam’s team was on the winning side and if Liam won this match, there would be absolutely no hope for the Challengers. Rising up to the challenge, like a true skipper Gacina gave his team a fighting chance by winning the match 2-1.

He won the first position in the European Championship in the doubles category along with the 2nd position in the team category. Moreover, he also came second the U-21 Singles of the ITTF Pro Tour of 2008.

Wong Chun Ting

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When it comes to the Ultimate Top Ten, one cannot exclude this explosive player from Hong Kong. He plays with a pen-hold grip and is currently ranked no. 8 in the world. Playing for Maharashtra United, Wong has had a very successful tournament, securing 298 points, a lot of which were won by his signature offensive style.

He has won the Czech Open trophy in 2015, along with a Gold medal in the men’s doubles category of the European Championship. Moreover, he stood fifth in the men’s category in the recent Olympics held in Rio.

Par Gerell

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The skipper of the winning team of the CEAT UTT, this Swedish player has tasted success both individually and as a team captain in this tournament. He is a left handed player who plays with an offensive streak, which had aided him in bagging a massive 248 points in 9 matches.

His skill led him to bag a Gold medal at the 2008 European Championships, along with facilitating him to represent his country at the Beijing, London and Rio Olympics.

Sanil Shetty

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This aggressive Indian player has been instrumental with the Falcons TTC and has been handing them victory after victory. His strongest performance throughout this tournament was undeniably the mixed doubles matches he played along with Chinese, Lee Ho Ching. His flawless camaraderie with his partner along with his flurry of offensive shots allowed them to overcome some really capable opponents, such as Soumyajit Ghosh and Petrissa Solja in the finals.

Sanil looks upon the cricketer MS Dhoni as his role model and gave his best performance in the Commonwealth Games where he bagged a Bronze medal.

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