Ma Long is the king of Düsseldorf
He has done it: Ma Long is and remains the best table tennis player on the planet. The 28-year-old defended his world title spectated by 8000 people in the sold-out exhibition hall Düsseldorf. In the finals, he won against his countryman Fan Zhendong in thrilling seven sets.

He sinks to his knees, throws the bat into the air, lets himself sink backwards and tears his arms up. In this sequence, all the pressure was gone. He has done it: Ma Long is and remains the best table tennis player on the planet. The 28-year-old defended his world title spectated by 8000 people in the sold-out exhibition hall Düsseldorf. In the finals, he won against his countryman Fan Zhendong in thrilling seven sets. A more worthy final of the LIEBHERR World Champs 2017 in Düsseldorf could not have existed. Fantastic ball changes, incredible pace and surprising twists had the final game to offer - and a final phase that electrified the audience. Fan Zhendong led 6:3 in the decision-making rate, the title was very close at 9:9. But Ma Long used his second matchball at 12:10. The old and new world champion, who had defeated Timo Boll in the quarter final the previous day, defended his triumph of Suzhou 2015.

Ma Long: "The craziest game I've ever seen"
"This is probably the craziest game I have ever experienced. I am very happy but also very tired. Of course this time luck was on my side. I'm sorry for Fan Zhendong, but I believe he'll be the future, "Ma Long also addressed the loser. In the future, the world champion said: "The way to the Olympic Games in Tokyo is still long for me. I will go the way step by step. Here in Dusseldorf the Chinese national team is so strong, because we have appeared as a team. We have a tremendous team spirit. We had nothing to hide from each other because we traditionally work closely together."

Fan Zhendong: "Little things decided the match"
Vice World Champion Fan Zhendong, World Cup winner of Saarbrücken in 2016, had made a 3-1 set-up in the final and ended up winning the second big single title on the racket. But Ma Long, who was named by a german newspaper as "human extraterrestrial", had something against it. "We have played on a high level. Congratulations to Ma Long. We both delivered a great performance. Little things have made the difference. What exactly is hard to describe. I will work on details and do something for my speed, because I was not always fast enough,"the 20-year-old Fan Zhendong said.

"Ma Long has earned it both humanly and sportily," Timo Boll had said about his double partner at this WTTC already on Sunday after the quarter-final defeat. After the final, the record European champion commented via Facebook: "Big final, congratulations to Ma Long.
In the semifinals of the morning, Ma Long (against Landsmann Xu Xin) and Fan Zhendong (against Korea's Lee Sangsu) had a clear victory.

Ding Ning defends title - local heroes out

Ding Ning made the triple: after her victory 2013 in Rotterdam and 2015 in Suzhou she added title number three to her collection. Xu Xin and Fan Zhendong are World Champs as well, while the local heroes Boll & Ovtcharov lost their matches.

A dream comes true

Today Petrissa Solja made the entry into the semi-finals in the mixed competition, thus securing a medal. With their Chinese partner Fang Bo, the left-hander won in the round of the last eight against Matilda Ekholm/Mattias Karlsson from Sweden within five sets.

Weikert elected for four more years as ITTF-president

He has done it! Thomas Weikert was elected bei the delegates of the ITTF for four more years as ITTF-President. It was a pretty close voting, with the better end for the german.

400 million spectactors expected

The regional broadcasters Hessischer Rundfunk (HR) and the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) provide the TV feed for the national ARD and ZDF. The ITTF is expecting the number of worldwide 400 millions of spectators. Social media via also brings the World Championships to a worldwide audience.

The WTTC 2017 seeding lists

Following the issue of the World Rankings for May; top seeds two years ago in Suzhou and the eventual winners, China’s Ma Long and Ding Ning head the seeding for the forthcoming Liebherr 2017 World Championships. Japan’s Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima are named as the top seeds in the Men’s Doubles event at the forthcoming Liebherr 2017 World Championships which commence in Düsseldorf on Monday 29th May.

Home game for ARAG

At the LIEBHERR 2017 World Table Tennis Championships in Düsseldorf ARAG will be Major Sponsor again just like five years ago in Dortmund as well as in Bremen in 2006. We asked Connie Peters, Senior Director Marketing at ARAG SE, why the family entreprise in Düsseldorf supports the "home game" and what they wish from the World Championships

Der Zeitplan en detail

Die LIEBHERR Weltmeisterschaften werfen ihre Schatten voraus. Inzwischen wurde auch der detaillierte Zeitplan für die acht Turniertage zwischen dem Deutschen Tischtennis-Bund (DTTB) und der International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) abgestimmt.

LIEBHERR WM: DTTB-Teams im EVENT & FAIR Hotel Tulip Inn nur einen Katzensprung von den Centre Courts entfernt

Wenn am 29. Mai die LIEBHERR Weltmeisterschaften 2017 in Düsseldorf (29. Mai bis 5. Juni) beginnen, übernachten der komplette WM-Kader inklusive des Präsidiums des Deutschen Tischtennis Bundes (DTTB) sowie weitere internationale Top-Teams im EVENT & FAIR Hotel Tulip Inn in der Arena Düsseldorf. Alle 288 Zimmer des in die Arena integrierten Hotels sind von 28. Mai bis 6. Juni für das sportliche Großereignis belegt.

A Partnership of the Special Kind

Liebherr is the title sponsor of the WTTC2017 in Düsseldorf. For 25 years now there has been a true partnership between the family entreprise and table tennis.
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