Fan Zhendong: Zhang Jike Is The Best Player In The World (Videos)

Fan Zhendong: Zhang Jike Is The Best Player In The World (Videos)
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In the past weeks, Fan Zhendong has made a very great impression to the international world of table tennis after he won two straight World Tour Men's Singles championships titles in Poland and Germany. Although the Polish title could be more meaningful, the youngest champion in history attaches more importance to the German title after he defeated the world's best player Zhang Jike. 


China Sports Daily. The 16-year old Fan Zhendong has taken the world by storm after he convincingly won two straight World Tour titles just recently. Between Poland and Germany, Fan Zhendong feels that his victory in the latter is very important. 

Immediately after Fan Zhendong entered into the Chinese National Team, opportunities are rushing in. Starting from the World Championships in Paris and now in the World Tour series. 

Instead of having Ma Long, Xu Xin and Zhang Jike, the Chinese Team was set for a European voyage for the last stretch of the 2013 ITTF World Tour series with younger and newer players. The first stop was in Poland where there youngest member, Fan Zhendong was the second seed. 

Compared to the likes of Chuang Chih Yuan, Kenta Matsudaira, and Koki Niwa, Fan Zhendong seemed to be in a disadvantage considering the amount of experience. However, that was not the case as his advance technical skills brought him to the rightful place in the finals against his teammate and 16th seed Zhou Yu. 

In that match, Fan Zhendong won in six games, making it his first ever World Tour Men's Singles title and making him the youngest champion in history. 

A week later, Fan Zhendong represented the Chinese Team once again for the German Open but this time, competition has gone higher with the presence of the Grand Slam champion Zhang Jike, Europe's best players, Dimitrij Ovtcharov, Timo Boll and Vladimir Smasonov. 

But, Fan Zhendong kept a composed mind and was never overwhelmed by any of them. Starting in the quarterfinals, Fan Zhendong defeated Zhang Jike, Vladimir Samsonov and the European champion Dimitrij Ovtcharov, clinching his second consecutive title. 

Fan Zhendong vs Zhang Jike 2013 German Open MS QF
video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel

Fan Zhendong vs Vladimir Samsonov 2013 German Open MS SF
video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel

Fan Zhendong vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov 2013 German Open MS Finals
video kindly shared by Official ITTF Channel

The victory in Poland may be very meaningful as that what made him enter into the history books but the proof of his strength can be seen in Germany. 

"As for me, the championship in Germany is extremely important because in that competition, I just did not defeat some of Europe's best players but also the world's best, Zhang Jike." Fan Zhendong said. 

Photo source: CFP

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Men Women April 2014
Ranking Player +/-
1
Xu Xin Xu Xin China
0
2
Ma Long Ma Long China
0
3
Fan Zhendong Fan Zhendong China
0
4
Dimitrij Ovtcharov Dimitrij Ovtcharov Germany
2
5
Zhang Jike Zhang Jike China
1
6
Wang Hao Wang Hao China
1
7
Yan An Yan An Yan An
0
8
Chuang Chih-Yuan Chuang Chih-Yuan Chinese Taipei
0
9
Timo Boll Timo Boll Germany
0
10
Jun Mizutani Jun Mizutani Japan
1