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Top 6 Best Womens Table Tennis Players Of All Time

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Who are the top 6 best women's table tennis players of all time?

  1. Guo Yue
  2. Deng Yaping
  3. Zhang Yining
  4. Wang Nan
  5. Ding Ning
  6. Qiao Hong

1. Guo Yue

Career Stats:

  • 2-time Gold Medalist for team China
  • Bronze Medalist for Singles
  • Bronze Medalist for Doubles
  • 2007 World Championship Women's Singles
  • 2007 World Championship Mixed Doubles
  • 17 total medals from World Championships

Guo Yue is known as not just the greatest female table tennis, but one of the best table tennis players regardless of her gender. She has gone into controversy in recent years when she was kicked off the China team for poor behavior and lack of interest, she went on to study finance at a university in China. She was born in Anshan, China on July 17, 1988. In 2007 and 2008 Yue was in her prime, she won the World Championship for women's singles, mixed doubles, team champion, and the Asian Cup as well. She was ranked number one in the world for female tennis table players during her playing days.Yue is well known for her left hand grip and is a highly skilled player and played on the same teams as other great players on the list such as Yining and Wan and team did not lose a single match from 2001 to 2003. There have been no recent updates on her playing status, she is currently 31 years old.

2. Deng Yaping

Career Stats:

  • Won 6 World Championships for Table Tennis
  • 2-time Gold Medalist for Doubles
  • 2-time Gold Medalist for Singles
  • Chinese Female Athlete of the Century
  • Table Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Won the First Table Tennis World Cup team (1990)

Deng Yaping was born on February 5th, 1973 in Zhengzhou, China. She is known as one of the greatest female table tennis players of all time, proving herself on the international stage in the Olympics and World Championships. At a young age Yaping was a tennis prodigy, but had a hard time getting onto a national team because of her height. As an adult Yaping stood only 4'11'', but finally got a chance to shine when she was 16. Immediately she won the World Championships doubles with her partner, another all time great Qiao Hong. She would go on two win two gold medals at both the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, even beating her partner Hong in the singles final. She was ranked the number one women's player in the world for eight consecutive years until retiring in 1997 and was later named Chinese Female Athlete of the Century and cemented her legacy as one of the all time greats. After her career in table tennis Yaping went on to pursue a very professional path earning a masters from University of Nottingham in England and after a Ph.D in Land Economy at Jesus University, a well versed an incredible successful individual.

3. Zhang Yining

Career Stats:

  • 4-time Winner of the World Cup
  • 2-time Gold Medalist for Doubles
  • 2-time Gold Medalist for Singles
  • 6-time Pro Grand Tour Winner
  • 10 Total World Titles in Singles, Doubles, and Team

Zhang Yining dominated the sport of table tennis among women during the first decade of the 21st century and is one of the greatest female players of all time. She was born on October 5th, 1981 in Beijing, China. Throughout her career she won 10 world titles: singles (2005, 2009), doubles (2003, 2005, 2007) and team (2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008). She was dominant in the Olympics as well winning gold in both the women's singles and doubles in the 2004 and 2008 and was ranked as the number one female player in the world according to the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) from 2003 to 2009. She uses the same shakehand grip technique as Guo Yue. Her career came to a sudden end when she got married and had kids. She later traveled to the United States to help bring the game of table tennis global.

4. Wang Nan

Career Stats:

  • 2-time Gold Medalist Doubles
  • 1-time Gold Medalist Singles
  • 1-time Gold Medalist Team
  • 1-time Silver Medalist Singles
  • 15 World Titles in the World Championships

Wang Nan is another great female table tennis player dominating in the era after Deng Yaping, before she was succeeded by Yining. Those three feamleathletes dominated the sport of table tennis for many years one after the other. She is yet another Chinese player born on October 23, 1978 in Fushun. Nan went on to become the leader of the Chinese national table tennis team, after the retirement of Deng Yaping. She is also a left handed player and started to play the sport when she was just seven. She is one of only three female players to win four Olympic gold medals (Yaping, Yining). In 2008 she was defeated by Yining in the singles finals. She was ranked as the number one female player in the world for around 2 years and won a total of 15 world titles from singles, doubles, and team competition. After her career, she was named into the Table Tennis Hall of Fame.

5. Ding Ning

Career Stats:

  • Gold Medalist Singles
  • 2-time Gold Medalist Team
  • Silver Medalist Singles
  • 3-time World Cup Winner
  • 40-time Pro Tour Winner

Ding Ning is currently the number three ranked player in the world and will be remembered as one the greatest of all time when she does retire. During her playing days Ding Ning was referred to as "Queen of Hearts" and was ranked number one in the year in 2009. Ning was born in Anda, China on June 20, 1990. At a young age she son the 2005 World Junior Championships and her career escalated from there. She won the World Championships for the first time in 2011. She would go on to win gold in the 2012 (London) and 2016 (Rio de Janeiro) Olympic games as a part of team China. She would win silver in singles in 2012 and gold in 2016. She has also won the the World Cup on three separate occasions in 2011, 2014, and 2018. She has been a dominant figure in the sport of table tennis among women and hopes to continue her great career today. She is currently 29 years old and still competes for her home country of China.

6. Qiao Hong

Career Stats:

  • 2-time Gold Medalist Doubles
  • Silver Medalist Singles
  • Bronze Medalist Singles
  • 10 total World Championship Medals
  • 2005 Inductee ITTF Table Tennis Hall of Fame

Qiao Hong was the partner of all time great Deng Yaping and the time formed a feared and highly skilled doubles team during their playing days. She was born in Wuhan in the Hubei province of China, on November 21, 1968. During her career she won a total of four medals at the Olympic medals, two of which were gold (doubles with Yaping), and then one a bronze and silver in singles play as well. During her playing days she was ranked second for many years under Deng Yaping by the ITTF. Like her partner she also played with the same shakehand grip style and has continued to be part of the sport even after her playing career. She now serves as the coach and a member of the Chinese Olympic Committee and hopes to be an ambassador increasing popularity and quality for the sport of table tennis. She was inducted into the ITTF Table Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005, and like all of these other female players on this list will be remembered as some of the greatest of all time.



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