Japan
Ai Fukuhara
Fukuhara received lots of media attention from the age of 3, taking part in exhibition events and television programmes. She became a pro when she was 10. The following year, she was the youngest player ever to become member of the Japanese national team. She was deemed child prodigy in Japan, as she often beat much older players. At a young age of 14 already, Fukuhara entered the quarter-finals of the 2003 WTTC. Since she was pracitising in China and with Chinese sparring partners very often from a young age, Fukuhara can speak fluent Mandarin and has a great popularity in China, too. She was the flag bearer for the Japanese team at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Fukuhara has appeared in two Japanese table tennis video games, both for the PlayStation 2.

Facts

World Ranking
9
Birthplace
Sendai
Style of play
right-handed, shakehand, attack

Achievements

Olympic Games
Runner-up Team 2012
3rd place Team 2016
4th place Singles 2016
4th place Team 2008

World Championships
Runner-up Team 2016
3rd place Team 2004/2006/2008/2010
Quarter-finalist Doubles 2005

World Cup

3rd place 2005

World Team Cup

3rd place 2009/2010

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