Welcome to SD Sport’s first YouTube news video where we will condense the month’s table tennis news into the space of a few
minutes January was a busy month for the sport
featuring the ITTF World Tour Circuit, league matches, and player transfers. All of that and more coming next. Borussia Düsseldorf have won the first piece of German silverware of the 2015 – 2016 season lifting the Pokal-Finale Cup. Having beaten Bergneustadt in the last four, Düsseldorf edged for Fulda-Maberzell with a 3-2 victory in the final. England’s Andrew Baggarly has successfully defended his World Championship of ping-pong title at Alexandra Palace. Baggaley beat Maxim Shmyrev of Russia in the final to
win $20,000 Kasumi Ishikawa and Jun Mizutani picked up the women’s and men’s singles titles at the Japan National Championships. Ishikawa defeated teenager Miu Hirano in the women’s final to win her third title in a row. While Mizutani stood victorious over Kazuhiro Chan to claim a record-equaling eighth men’s singles trophy. Chuang Chih-Yuan and Tie Yana won the first ITTF World Tour singles titles of the year at the 2016 Hungarian Open. Chuang won 4-0 against his fellow countryman from Chinese Taipei Chen Chien-An in the men’s singles final, and Hong Kong’s Tie Yana edged a seven game thriller with Korea’s Yang Haeun. Israel have withdrawn from the upcoming Perfect 2016 World Team Championships due to security issues. The host nation Malaysia had been threatened with a ban by the ITTF if they denied Israel entry to the tournament. However, the Israel Table Tennis Association announced that the team had withdrawn from the championships, as they were not willing to risk their “athlete’s security”. January saw two major player transfer deals finalised as Anton Källberg and Stefan Fegerl signed for Borussia Düsseldorf for next season. Källberg is moving from TTC Hagen to Düsseldorf, and Stefan Fegerl will join Källberg next season from Austrian club Niederösterreich. Matches from some of Europe’s top leagues took place in January as the German Bundesliga, French Pro A League, Swedish Elite Division and British League all went ahead. The Champions League quarter-finals also featured as Russian club Orenburg remain on track to defend their title after beating UMMC over two-legs. For reports from each league click the link in the description. SD Sport’s latest Featured Article takes a look back at how the world’s top table tennis players performed over the course of 2015. Don’t forget to also take a look at our Exclusive Interview with England’s Karina Le Fevre. Again for the full reports head over to sdsport.co.uk OR click the links in the description. To stay up-to-date with the world of table tennis, please click the Subscribe button, and don’t forget to check out our Social Media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ Links to all of the reports seen in this video, and our Social Media pages, can be found in the description below. Well that’s all for January, but we will be back at the end of February with more table tennis news.