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  • 29Apr

    Adham Sharara, ITTF President, in his speech at the Opening Ceremony
    of the H.I.S. World Championships in Yokohama on Tuesday 28th April
    2009, highlighted the fact that since the global event was last held in
    Japan, in Osaka in 2001, several very talented young players from the
    host country have emerged.

    One of those is 14 year old Koki
    Niwa, who stole the show on the opening day of play, Tuesday 28th April
    2009, but there are others from visiting countries who impressed and
    are even younger than the Japanese star.

    Youngest
    In fact there
    are three entrants who are younger than Niwa, the youngest being Lily
    Zhang from San Francisco in the United States of America.

    She is only 12 years old.

    Appearances
    In
    the qualification stage of the Women’s Singles event she was not
    required to raise her racket in anger, her opponent Elonna Tormis of
    the Philippines failing to make an appearance; whilst in the Mixed
    Doubles competition, she made two visits to the table.

    Partnering
    Timothy Wang, the duo beat Congo Democratic’s Bomboko Babungu and Amma
    Litobaka before losing by the very narrowest of five game margins to
    Latvia’s Matiss Burgis and Baiba Bogdasarova.

    Good Opportunity
    "It’s
    really cool to be here amongst so many great players", said Lily Zhang.
    "It’s a really good opportunity and I think in the doubles matches I
    played my best."

    Certainly, coach on duty, Jasna Reed, was more than pleased.

    All Round Player
    "She
    did well in the doubles, she’s an all round player, very safe from both
    sides", said the former Yugoslav and American international who has a
    wealth of experience. "She can play strongly when necessary", continued
    Jasna Reed. "Also, she’s very happy; yesterday, she met her idol, Zhang
    Yining."

    Definitely, a good player to have as an idol, Zhang
    Yining is not only a fine table tennis player, one of the best the
    sport has ever seen; she is also very humble, very polite and
    courteous, a lady who sets a splendid example.

    Consistent and Fine Temperament
    "She’s consistent", said Lily Zhang. "She has a wonderful temperament, that’s why I admire her so much."

    Well, on the opening day Lily Zhang showed the qualities of Zhang Yining and belied her youth.

    Young Players
    The
    youngest player in the tournament, the next on the age range ladder is
    her compatriot, Ariel Hsing, she is 13 years old whilst for the boys;,
    the youngest is New Zealand’s Kevin Wu.

    He is 14 years old, one month younger than Koki Niwa.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 11:13 am

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