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Ma Long
(Chinese Table Tennis Player and the Reigning Olympic Singles Champion)
Ma Long
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Birthdate: October 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Anshan, China

Ma Long created history by becoming the first male table tennis player to score a Double Grand Slam and has 5 Olympic gold medals in his kitty. Known for his forehands and looping shots, he has also earned nicknames such as the Dictator and the Dragon, and is a national hero in China.

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Fan Zhendong
(Table tennis player)
Fan Zhendong
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Birthdate: January 22, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Chinese table tennis player Fan Zhendong currently holds the number one position in men’s singles. In a personal statement on his fan forum on Sina Weibo, he mentioned how he hates extreme fan reactions. In 2012, he was the youngest member of the Chinese national table tennis team.

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Ma Lin
(Chinese Table Tennis Player)
Ma Lin
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Birthdate: February 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shenyang, China

Three-time Olympic champion Ma Lin is the only male table tennis player with wins in the singles, the doubles, and the team events in the Olympics. He is also a 9-time world champion. Now a successful coach, he also often collaborates with the table tennis equipment brand Yasaka, to develop new products.

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Tomokazu Harimoto
(Table tennis player)
Tomokazu Harimoto
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Birthdate: June 27, 2003
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture Miyagi, Japan
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Timo Boll
(Table tennis player)
Timo Boll
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Birthdate: March 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Erbach im Odenwald, Germany
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Jan-Ove Waldner
(Table tennis player)
Jan-Ove Waldner
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Birthdate: October 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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Xu Xin
(Table tennis player)
Xu Xin
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Birthdate: January 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Xuzhou, China

Table tennis player Xu Xin remains one of the rare penhold grip players in China. Currently ranked world number 3, he won a silver in the mixed doubles in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, along with partner Liu Shiwen. He teamed up with Shiwen again to win a National Games gold in 2021.

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Mima Ito
(Table tennis player)
Mima Ito
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Birthdate: October 21, 2000
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan
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Matthew Syed
(British Journalist, Broadcaster and Former Table Tennis Player)
Matthew Syed
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Birthdate: November 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire, England
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Ding Ning
(Table tennis player)
Ding Ning
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Birthdate: June 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Daqing, Heilongjiang, China

Eight-time world champion Ding Ning also has 4 Olympic medals, 3 of which are gold. The former Chinese table tennis sensation announced her retirement on Weibo in 2021. She is now pursuing a university course in physical education. She earned the unofficial title of the Queen of Hearts for her popularity.

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Lin Yun-ju
(Table tennis player)
Lin Yun-ju
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Birthdate: August 17, 2001
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yuanshan Township, Taiwan
 12 
Zak Abel
(English-Moroccan Singer-Songwriter, Musician and Table Tennis Player)
Zak Abel
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Birthdate: March 1, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
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Ai Fukuhara
(Table tennis player)
Ai Fukuhara
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Birthdate: November 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sendai, Japan
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Manika Batra
(Table tennis player)
Manika Batra
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Birthdate: January 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Delhi, India
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Sun Yingsha
(Table tennis player)
Sun Yingsha
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Birthdate: November 4, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China

Olympic gold medalist table tennis player Sun Yingsha is also an Asian Games champion and a world champion. She created headlines when it came to light that she hadn’t been told about her grandmother’s death till the Tokyo Olympics ended, as she was already training for the games during the tragedy.

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Zhang Jike
(Chinese Table Tennis Player and Three-Time Olympic Gold Medallist)
Zhang Jike
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Birthdate: February 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Qingdao, China

Zhang Jike is a Chinese professional table tennis player who won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in men's singles, becoming only the fourth male player to achieve a career Grand Slam in the history of table tennis. He also has two other Olympic gold medals and seven World Championship gold medals under his belt.

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Liu Shiwen
(Table Tennis Player)
Liu Shiwen
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Birthdate: April 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liaoning, China

Olympic gold medalist Liu Shiwen has also won 5 World Cup and 4 Asian Cup titles. She also has an Olympic silver in her kitty. One of the fastest players in the table tennis circuit, she has also been riddled with injuries, such as her elbow injury which took away most of 2020.

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Kasumi Ishikawa
(Table tennis player)
Kasumi Ishikawa
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Birthdate: February 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yamaguchi, Japan
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Lily Zhang
(American Table Tennis Player Who Was Five Time Us National Champion in Women’s Singles)
Lily Zhang
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Birthdate: June 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Redwood City, California
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Dimitrij Ovtcharov
(Table tennis player)
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
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Birthdate: September 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
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Wang Hao
(Table tennis player)
Wang Hao
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Birthdate: December 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Changchun, China

Wang Hao is a Chinese former table tennis player best known for his ability to perform the Reverse Penhold Backhand with exceptional skill. A former world number 1, Wang helped his team win the gold medal at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. Wang Hao also has three Olympic silver medals under his belt.

 22 
Will Bayley
(British Professional Paralympic Table Tennis Player and Paralympic Gold Medalist)
Will Bayley
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Birthdate: January 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
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Chen Meng
(Table tennis player)
Chen Meng
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Birthdate: January 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Qingdao, Shandong, China

Chinese table tennis player Chen Meng is the current world number 1 in singles. She also impressed her fans with her double gold wins at the Olympic debut in the Tokyo Olympics. She has countless other medals in her kitty, from all major championships, such as the Asian Games and the World Championships.

 24 
Jun Mizutani
(Table tennis player)
Jun Mizutani
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Birthdate: June 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan
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Shoko Takahashi
(Table Tennis Player)
Shoko Takahashi
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Birthplace: Japan
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Zhang Yining
(Table Tennis Player)
Zhang Yining
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Birthdate: October 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Zhang Yining is a Chinese retired table tennis player best known for winning four Olympic gold medals during her career. Regarded as one of the greatest female table tennis players of all time, Zhang won 10 World Championships and four World Cups. She is also one of the most celebrated and successful female players in the history of table tennis.

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Koki Niwa
(Table Tennis Player)
Koki Niwa
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Birthdate: October 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Japan
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Lin Gaoyuan
(Table Tennis Player)
Lin Gaoyuan
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Birthdate: March 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shenzhen, China

Lin Gaoyuan is a Chinese professional table tennis player who helped his team win gold medals at the 2018 World Championships, World Cup, and Asian Games. In 2018, he also won the singles silver medal at the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals and Asian Games.

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Bernadette Szocs
(Romanian Table Tennis Player)
Bernadette Szocs
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Birthdate: March 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Târgu Mureș, Romania

Hungarian-origin Romanian table tennis player Bernadette Szocs had the highest rank of 14 in the International Table Tennis Federation rankings and once topped the European Table Tennis Union ranking. A 2-time Olympian, she also has an older brother, Hunor, who is a national table tennis player.

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Ivor Montagu
(English Filmmaker, Screenwriter and Table Tennis Player)
Ivor Montagu
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Birthdate: April 23, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: November 5, 1984
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Feng Tianwei
(Table Tennis Player)
Feng Tianwei
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Birthdate: August 31, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
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Yau-Man Chan
(Table tennis player)
Yau-Man Chan
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Birthdate: August 26, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hong Kong

Yau-Man Chan is a Malaysian technology executive, table tennis player, and reality television participant. He is best known for appearing on the popular reality television series Survivor: Fiji. He also went on to participate in Survivor: Micronesia, where he became the third contestant to be eleminated. 

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Wang Liqin
(Table tennis player)
Wang Liqin
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Birthdate: June 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

Wang Liqin is a Chinese former professional table tennis player who was selected to represent his country at the age of 15. A former world number 1, Wang won 11 World Championships, three World Cups, four Asian Games gold medals, and two Olympic Games gold medals during his playing career. He also has two Olympic bronze medals under his belt.

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Miu Hirano
(Table tennis player)
Miu Hirano
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Birthdate: April 14, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
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Vladimir Samsonov
(Belarusian Retired Table Tennis Player)
Vladimir Samsonov
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Birthdate: April 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

Vladimir Samsonov is a Belarusian retired table tennis player. Renowned for his superb all-around style, Samsonov took part in six successive Olympic Games between 1996 and 2016. Samsonov is also known for winning the Table Tennis World Cup thrice and the European Championship on six occasions. He also won two silver medals and one bronze medal at the World Championships.

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Jenny Ovtcharov
(Table tennis player)
Jenny Ovtcharov
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Birthdate: October 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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Yu Mengyu
(Table tennis player)
Yu Mengyu
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Birthdate: August 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liaoning, China
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Jean-Michel Saive
(Former Belgian Table Tennis Player)
Jean-Michel Saive
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Birthdate: November 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Liège, Belgium

Jean-Michel Saive is a Belgian former table tennis player best known for competing in seven successive Olympic Games between 1988 and 2012. He won two silver medals at World Championships and six medals at the European Championships during his career. Jean-Michel Saive achieved popularity in 1994 when he won a gold medal at the European Championships in Birmingham.

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Kanak Jha
(American Table Tennis Player)
Kanak Jha
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Birthdate: June 19, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milpitas, California, United States
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Ariel Hsing
(American Table Tennis Player)
Ariel Hsing
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Birthdate: November 29, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fremont, California, United States
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Deng Yaping
(Chinese Table Tennis Player Widely Regarded as One of the Sport’s Greatest Players)
Deng Yaping
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Birthdate: February 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zhengzhou, China
 42 
Li Xiaoxia
(Table tennis player)
Li Xiaoxia
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Birthdate: January 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Anshan, Liaoning, China

Li Xiaoxia is a Chinese professional table tennis player best known for winning two gold medals at the 2012 Olympics in London. She then went on to win a gold medal and a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics. Li Xiaoxia has also won nine World Championship titles and seven World Cups so far in her illustrious career.

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Liu Guoliang
(Table Tennis Player)
Liu Guoliang
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Birthdate: January 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Xinxiang, Henan, China

Liu Guoliang is a Chinese former professional table tennis player best known for winning two gold medals in the 1996 Olympic Games. He went on to win World Table Tennis Championships and Table Tennis World Cup, becoming only the second male player to achieve a career grand slam. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

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Hugo Calderano
(Table Tennis Player)
Hugo Calderano
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Birthdate: June 22, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 45 
Natalia Partyka
(Table tennis player)
Natalia Partyka
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Birthdate: July 27, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gdańsk, Poland
 46 
Naina Jaiswal
(Table tennis player)
Naina Jaiswal
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Birthdate: March 22, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hyderabad
 47 
Wang Bowen
(Singer, Actor)
Wang Bowen
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Birthdate: May 18, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shenyang, China
 48 
Li Jiawei
(Table Tennis Player)
Li Jiawei
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Birthdate: August 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Li Jiawei is a Chinese-born retired Singaporean professional table tennis player who represented Singapore in the 2008 and 2012 OlympicS, winnsng a silver medal and a bronze medal, respectively. In 2010, she helped her team win the gold medal at the World Championships in Moscow. Li Jiawei announced her retirement after the 2012 Olympics in London.

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Han Ying
(Table tennis player)
Han Ying
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Birthdate: April 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Liaoning, China

Though born in China, table tennis player Han Ying has been representing Germany in the game since 2010 and has even won the country an Olympic team silver medal. Among the few defensive players of the game, she also has 3 European Championship and 2 European Games gold medals in her kitty.

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Adriana Diaz
(Puerto Rican Table Tennis Player)
Adriana Diaz
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Birthdate: October 31, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Arecibo, Puerto Rico Arecibo, Puerto Rico
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