Mark Smythe Table Tennis

Australia's no. 1 coach

Zhang Jike wins World Singles Cup

One of the greatest players of all time, Zhang Jike, won the World Singles Cup in Dusseldorf/Germany defeating team mate, Ma Long 12 - 10 in the 7th set. Zhang Jike had a big battle through most of the tournament defeating Timo Boll (Germany) 11 - 9 in the 7th during SF match then 11 - 6 in the 6th set against surprise packet Quadri Aruna (Nigeria) who had the best tourament of his career. 

Zhang Jike is embarking on a rare feat in the sport, where in 6 months will try to become the 2nd man in the history of the sport to win 3 successive Men's Singles titles @ World Championships. If he gains this title he will then attempt to become the greatest player of all time if he wins 2016 Olympic Games Singles title in Rio/Brazil - he won 2012 Olympic Games in London.  

Zhang Jike has an outgoing personality on the court and is not in the same mould of most Chinese players over the years. He has been banned from the Chinese National Squad for 2 years, approx. 10 years ago. His celebration after the match against Ma Long cost him all of his prize money won, 45,000 euro's.  


To see the results from Last 16 to final click, 2014 World Singles Cup - results

To see highlights of the final click, 2014 World Singles Cup final - highlights

By watching the above clip you will see Zhang Jike's celebration after the match plus other highlight clips through the tournament.