|Birth Date||June 20, 1990 (age 26)|
Chinese National Team,
|2011 Women Singles World Champion|
|2011 World Cup Women Singles Champion|
Ding Ning was born in Daqing City, Heilongjiang, China in 1990. Six years later, she started to play table tennis where she was able to show big potentials in the sport. She trained hard and in year 2003, Ding Ning entered the Youth National Team.
Ding Ning's early achievements were in the Chinese National Championships. In 2002, Ding Ning was able to take part in the Women's Team competition, finishing as runner-up. A year later, her team got the championship and defended it one year later.
After two years from entering into the Youth National Team, Ding Ning finally got admitted into the strongest table tennis crew, the Chinese National Team. Immediately, she seized all opportunities that came her way and quickly gained the trust from the coaching staff.
Ding Ning first participated the World Championships in year 2007 where she played in the Mixed Doubles with Lei Zhenhua. They only reached the top 16. In 2009, she got her first chance to play in the World Championships Women's Singles. She only reached the top 16 as well. In the same year, Ding Ning clinched her first World Tour Women's Singles title in Kuwait.
In 2010, Ding Ning had her opportunity to hold a big responsibility in the Moscow World Team Championships. Unfortunately she lost to Feng Tianwei, contributing to the painful loss of China against Singapore. After the match, Ding Ning blamed her loss to lack of competition experience.
Though what happened in Moscow left a deep impression to Ding Ning and the Chinese Women's Team, she was quick to bounce back and in 2011, she clinched the World Championships Women's Singles title. Later that year, she got the Women's World Cup, leading her close to being a Grand Slam.
Not surprisingly, Ding Ning was qualified to play in the 2012 London Olympics and was the favourite to win the Olympic gold in the Women's Singles. ITTF Former President now Chairman, Adham Sharara even rooted for her to win. However, in the final match, Ding Ning went through a heart-breaking loss to Li Xiaoxia.
Despite her rich experience in competitions, Ding Ning received service offences during the competition. She was given a yellow and red card in the finals, leading her to lose her concentration and eventually lost the match in tears.
Since her loss in London, a lot noticed a decline in her performance but Ding Ning continues to adhere to training and competition. In the 2014 Chinese Super League, Ding Ning brought her Beijing Team to new heights, landing first in the preliminary season.
As of now, Ding Ning still aims for the Grand Slam and for that to happen, she needs to prepare for the next Olympic Games to finally grab the Women's Singles title.
Ding Ning News Feed
China The lineup of the Chinese Team is much clearer now after ITTF announced the finalised playing lineup of the team for the Olympic Games. In the women’s division, Ding Ning was selected to play in the Singles with Li Xiaoxia ...
China The Chinese Team always have that happy trouble in selecting players for any big competition. Now, for the Olympic Games, the Chinese Team is yet to finalise the roles of their players, building some anticipation from their fans. Luckily, the ...
China Li Xiaoxia, Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen are the players who will represent the Chinese Women’s Team in the Rio Olympic Games. However, there is still no definite decision as to who will be in the Singles and who will ...
China Surprises can happen anytime and the Chinese Team were surprised during the recently concluded Asian Olympic Qualifier. It was not a very good surprise for them after problems surfaced in the performance of Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen. Fortunately for ...
China The Asian Olympic Qualifier turned out to be a very fierce competition for the Chinese Team especially to Ding Ning who was eliminated by a foreign opponent names Mima Ito. In an interview, the reigning world champion explained her thoughts ...
China The Asian Olympic Qualifier was an intense competition even for the Chinese Team who has proved their strength so many times before. Last week, Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning were both defeated by foreign players and this of course caused ...
Asia The Chinese Team came in full force for the Asian Olympic Qualifier this week in Hong Kong but as the competition progressed, some of their members faced difficulties and defeat. After Liu Shiwen, Ding Ning, Xu Xin and Zhu Yuling ...