Backspin: What’s in a name?

Table tennis in the Oceania region has been played under many banners. Just one of six continental federations operating within the International Table Tennis Federation, it has been the Oceania Table Tennis Federation, while now it simply called ITTF-Oceania; brevity is beautiful. But it was called something completely different when it was first identified by ITTF. […]

TT Technician: Vladi’s counter

A World Tour title on every continent. The most World Tour titles in the history of the sport. Vladimir Samsonov aka Vladi is a living legend and took out the recent Seamaster 2017 Australian Open on the Gold Coast. One of the keys to claiming the title against Simon Gauzy was the Belorussian’s unbelievable counter […]

Vicky Wu’s trip to China

Table tennis players do travel. And they also train. Just ask Vicky Wu. It’s been a busy few weeks of table tennis for the Fiji national representative. First up on the agenda for the 12 year-old was the China Junior & Cadet Open. Vicky had clear goals heading in to the tournament. Not just satisfied with […]

History made; Australian Open finals review

The Oceania region was home to the richest stop on the 2017 ITTF World Tour, as the Gold Coast hosted the Seamaster 2017 Australian Open. Vladimir Samsonov (BLR) continued to write history as he was crowned Men’s Singles champion after defeating Simon Gauzy (FRA). Before the tournament kicked off Samsonov said that he didn’t think […]

Quarterfinal places reserved for Australia

Australia made a strong start to their doubles campaigns at the Seamaster 2017 Australian Open this morning. In their opening round match of the Women’s Doubles Jian Fang Lay and Miao Miao defeated Chinese Taipei’s Cheng Hsien-Tzu and Liu Yu-Hsin in three straight games; 11-9, 11-8, 11-8.  In the quarterfinal the pair will meet India’s Sutirtha Mukherjee […]