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Chuang Chih-Yuan and his personal story!

Interview with Aruna Quadri after day One of World Cup

Interview with Kong Linghui after women World Cup

Interview with Georgina Pota after the World Cup

Interview with Ding Ning after the World Cup title

Interview with Fan Zhendong

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Full Name: Fan Zhendong
Age: 16
Date Of Birth: 22nd January 1997
Club represented: Bayi in the Chinese Super League
Highest World Ranking: 9

Firstly Fan Zhendong, thank you for joining in on this interview here with TableTennisDaily. How are you finding your day today with Stiga? Do you enjoy coming to Sweden?

Hi, it is great to be in Sweden. This is my first time and I am enjoying the day, it is very fun and exciting travelling and meeting lots of new people. I am also looking forward to the World Tour this week.

What would you say you enjoy most about playing table tennis at such a high level?

I simply love playing table tennis. I love everything about table tennis!

Do you feel the pressure when playing in big important matches?

I actually use to feel the pressure a lot when I was younger, but now I have found a way to get use to it. After the last few years I have managed this well.

What do you put your success down to recently at the Polish and German Open?

The reason for my success recently is the step from the Chinese junior team to the Chinese senior team and the fantastic coaches I have. This has given me a fantastic self confidence and has helped me winning both the Polish & German Open.

Do you think you can go onto winning your third consecutive World Tour, the Swedish Open?

I feel I have a very good chance. There are a lot of good players going, I will give my best.

Fan, when did you realise you could be one of the best players in the world?

I have always thought i can be one of the best. Even since school, I believed everyday to become the best, this was my aim from a young boy. But recent I have actually realised I have what it takes.

What was it like when you started competing against the worlds best such as Zhang Jike, Ma Long and Xu Xin, was it difficult at the start to impose your game on them?

Yes at the start it was difficult because you always see these players on tv, and they are the best. At the beginning I found it hard and i was also nervous, but recently I have gained a lot of confidence and now play my best game. I have beat Zhang Jike twice now. I took Ma Long to the 7th set in the Chinese National Game and had lots of chances. I believe I can beat anyone now.

What is your ultimate goal as a table tennis player?

Originally I had one goal which was to make the Chinese National Olympic team. But now I have changed this to another goal. To win the Rio 2016 Olympics.

We wish you good luck in your quest to achieve your goal! Thank you for all the support, I wish you good luck.

Thanks for your time Fan.

Interview with Xu Xin

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Full Name: Xu Xin
Age: 23
Date Of Birth: 08 January 1990
Height: 1.81m
Club represented: Shanghai in the Chinese Super League
Highest World Ranking: 1

Firstly Xu Xin, thank you for joining in on this interview here with TableTennisDaily. How are you finding your day today with Stiga? Do you enjoy coming to Sweden?

Hi, It’s really nice thanks it feels like a second home here in Sweden. Everyone is very welcoming and I enjoy how relaxed it is.

Whats it like being a Stiga player, how do you find the equipment and what are your reasons for changing from the Stiga Rosewood to Stiga Intensity?

I really like the Stiga blades. They have exceptional feeling and balance. I changed from Rosewood to Intensity because I felt I needed more control in my service and receives. With the Intensity I feel I can get more arc on the ball which is important in my game.

Obviously we know how hard you guys train and how tough your schedule is but what would you say is the toughest part of being a professional table tennis player?

I find the most challenging thing is trying to improve. It is very hard to find new ways to get better. It can be difficult to try and get that extra edge over opponents looking for new means to play the game.

Do you think in the next 10 years the penholders will be disappeared off the Top 10 players in the world?

Yes this is a pity. I feel lots of players are being taught in school the shakehand way and not the penhold way. There is so much knowledge in China to develop penhold players, It is a shame, because penhold players can have cool unique styles which make the sport interesting. I think I will be the only penhold player left in the top 10 world rankings soon. The trend in China is shakehand.

What is your ultimate goal in table tennis Xu Xin?

Haha of course to be Olympic Champion!

We wish you good luck in your quest to achieve your goal! Thank you for all the support, I wish you good luck.

Thanks for your time Xu!

Interview with Konstantinos Papageorgiou, European Team vice-champion !

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1. Congratulation for your results in European Championships, in Team, you won the silver medal, the first medal for Greece ! What do you feel about this?

I am very happy that we finally managed to win a medal in team events ! And I feel 2 times happier cause I helped my team to do that !!! I mean in the past, I had the change to be on the bench as a 4th player, it would’t be the same thing for me.

I want to start from 2 years earlier, when the European League started ! Cause we managed to stay in 1st division and have a chance for a medal in our last match against Hungary!

Everybody have forgotten this!

If we had lost this match (where I lost to Adam Pattantyus 3-2 even though I was always leading) we would fight in 2nd division in Austria. So we were happy to compete in 1st division where I believe we belong.

2. You began the competition with a victory against Czech Republic 3-1, and in quarter-Final against Portugal, what an encounter! You beat the World number 36, Tiago Apolonia, in five wonderful games ! How was this match for you? Did you feel confident, or was it stressful?

We started the competition against Czech Republic, it was not so good for us, cause in the past we rarely win this team but we knew we had our chances. I was surprised that I had to play to Petr Korbel, and the match started very good, after Kreanga won Sirucek. But, when Gionis lost, our confidence was not so good.

Anyway my experience helped me stay focus in every single point against this great player and when I won I was sure Gionis would “finish” the match. I didn’t expect to be so competitive against Tiago. I had never played him and I thought he would be very strong for me. But, I started good and when I saw that he was quite nervous I believed I could win.

The team score was tight (1-1) and it was their 1st match in the competition so, these worked in my favor.
And then Gionis against Marcos was really hard also, I believe that if I had lost maybe Gionis would loose also!

3. In semi-Final, better than the quarter, you and your teammates were led 0-2 against Belarus, you led 2-0 against Evgueni Chtchetinine for the 3th match, and won only 11-9 in the 5th! The pressure was at it’s maximum, didn’t it?

Surprisingly no! We were very happy that to be in semis, and we wanted to enjoy our matches.
Anyway after Gionis first match against Platonov and the way Kalinikos lost to Samsonov nobody believed in us!
I think they were a little relaxed also cause normally Samsonov would win Gionis in 4th match.

4. In Final, you met Germany, and especially Patrick Franziska, you lost 3-1, as your team. Even if you finished runner-up, what do you think about your team competition?

We knew Germany is unbeatable and I think our first goal was to be competitive and enjoy the final! But during the match we started believing in the “miracle”. It was 1-1 and my match against Patrick started really tight
unfortunately he managed to “open” the game after 2nd set and I had no luck after that!

But once again Gionis was playing fantastic and was really close against Dimimitrij. If he had managed to win this match Kreanga would play against Steger for the cup, this would be a very interesting match !

5. What rubbers and blade did you use for this competition?

Anyway, my equipment is Tibhar, Stratus Samsonov carbon and 1Q (forehand) and Speedy Soft (backhand).

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