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Brief Interview with Popular Players IV

LI Ching

Association HONG KONG
Date of birth 7/3/1975
Place of birth China
Family: 1 yonger brother, Marital status: Single
Height (in m) 1.66
Weight (in kg) 54
What club do you play for: Shaanxi Province
Materials Blade: STIGA Clipper Wood WRB, pen. Rubber: Mendo Energy, maximum
Style of play Attack – counter & Loop
When did you start to play table tennis: At the age of 7
How much do you practise: 4 hours technique plus 1 hour physical training
What is your strenght as a table tennis player: Enthusiasm in table tennis
What is your veakness as a table tennis player: Physical & Techniques
What is your nearest goal for the table tennis: 2008 Olympic Games
Were you happy with your Olympic games: Yes
Who is the best player right now in the world: Waldner
What player do you think is the hardest to play against: Chinese Players
Do you practise double a lot: Yes
Why do you think that you and KO are so successful in double: Spiritual Links
National coach Mr.CHAN Kong Wah, Mr. HUI Jun
Olympics results Silver medal MD Athens 2004
World Championships results 2003/2004 MT 5th MS Last 32 MD Quarter final XD Last 32
2001 MT 21st MS Last 64 MD Quarter final XD Last 64
Pro tour results 2004 Singapore MD Runner-up, Korea MD Runner-up
Favourite food: Lamb Chop/Veg/Fruit
Favourite music: Soft Music
Favourite film: Scientific Film
Other interests except table tennis: Soccer/ Internet/ Reading

KO Lai Chak

Association HONG KONG
Date of birth 10/5/1976
Place of birth China
Family: 1 yonger sister, Marital status: Single
Height (in m) 1.66
Weight (in kg) 59 s
What club do you play for: Jiangsu Province Team
Materials Blade: STIGA Carbo 7.6 WRB, pen. Rubber: Mendo Energy, maximum
Style of play Loop & Attack-counter
When did you start to play table tennis: 1986
How much do you practise: 4 hours technique plus 1 hour physical training
What is your strenght as a table tennis player: Being a hobby in table tennis
What is your veakness as a table tennis player: Physical & Techniques
What is your nearest goal for the table tennis: 2008 Olympic Games
Were you happy with your Olympic games in Athens: Yes
Who is the best player right now in the world: Waldner
What player do you think is the hardest to play against: Chinese players
Do you practise double a lot: Yes
Why do you think that you and LI are so successful in double: Spiritual Link
National coach Mr. CHAN Kong Wah, Mr. HUI Jun
Olympics results Silver medal MD Athens 2004
World Championships results 2003/2004 MT 5th MS Last 32 MD Quarter final XD Last 16
2001 MT 21st MS Last 64 MD Quarter final XD Quarter final
Pro tour results 2004 Singapore MD Runner-up, Korea MD Runner-up
Favourite food: Meat
Favourite music: Soft music
Favourite film: Emotion film
Other interests except table tennis: Music & Reading & Computer

Kim Nylander

Born: 1987
Town / Country: Falkenberg / Sweden
Family: Mother Pia, father Bo-Martin (B-M), brother Daniel.
Clubs: Falkenbergs BTK
Material: STIGA Clipper (Peter) and Magna
When did you start to play tabletennis? When I was eight years old
Best results? Swedish Champion
Results in the league (wins/loses)? 20-6, Playoffs 0-3
What is your target in your tabletennis career? To be a world champion.
Who is the best table tennis player all time? Jan-Ove Waldner
What are your strengths as a player? forehand topspin
Improvements? backhand topspin
How many hours do you practice each week: 10 – 14 hours
What are you doing when you are not playing? Being with my friends and doing my homework
What music do you have in your CD-player right now? Three doors down and Sahara hotnights

Judy Hugh

Rank 2004: #1 Under 16 and U-18 girls
Forehand Rubber: Magna (red 2.0)
Backhand Rubber: Magna (black 2.0)
Blade: Tube Aluminum
Glue: Energy
Style of Play: close to the table looper/attacker
Why you chose the blade/rubber combo you did? Tube Aluminum has good control and feel for the ball and Magna has good spin and speed for loops.

Juan Moregó

Born: 1990
Country: Spain
Current club: C.T.T. Calella Previous clubs: T.T. Els, La Garriga
When did you start to play tabletennis? 6 years / 8 years seriously
Results 2003-2004? • Cassa de La Selva 24h. (28-29 d’Agost 03): 1er. Clas. Indv. Masc. • Venezuela Jocs IberoAmericans (7-16 Sept.03): 1er. Clas. Equips Masc. 2ºn Clas. Dobles Masc. 3er. Clas. Indv. Masc. • Lorena (13-14 Desembre.03) : 8º Clas. Indv. Masc. • China (26Des.-6 Jan 04) Convocat Selecció Espanyola Estades. • Arroyo de la Encomienda Torneig Estatal ( 7-8 Feb.04): 5e. Clas. Inft. Masc. • Baga Campt. Catalunya Infant. 3e. Clas. Equips (Edelma Calella), 1er. Clas. Dobles Masc. Inf., 1er. Clas. Dobles Mixt. Inf. , 1er. Clas. Indiv. Masc. Inft. • Avilés (5-11 Abril) Cpto España Infantil: 6e. Clas. Equips (Edelma Calella), 3e. Clas. Dobles Masc. 1er. Clas. Indv. Masc. • Platge D’Aro( 6-9 Maig) (SYOC) Convocat Selecció Espanyola Infantil. • Calella TOP Estatal (22-23 Maig.) 4t. Clas. Indv. Inf. Masc. • Chiclana Camp. España Cadete.( 11-17 Juny) Selecció Catalana: 1er. Clas. Equips, 2on Clas. Indv. Cadete Masc. • Leche Italia Torneig 4 Motors. (26-27 Juny) Selecció Catalana: 1er. Clas. Equips Cadets. 2on. Clas. Indv.Masc. • Budapest (Hungria) Cpt. Europa Joves. Selec. Espanyola.: 16ens. Clas. Eqips Masc. 18e. Clas. Indiv. Masc. Inf. • Cassa de La Selva 24h. (28-29 Agost.04): 2on Clas. Indv. Juvenil Masc.
Results, (wins/loses) in the league? Ascent to 2nd National category with C.T.T Calella
What is your target in your tabletennis career? To play in Europe
Who is the best table tennis player all time? Jan-Ove Waldner
What are your strengths as a player? Speed, intelligence, good drive & backhand
What would you like to improve? Backhand
How many hours do you practice each week: 5-6 hours training, 3 hours playing
What are you doing when you are not playing? Next September I will initiate 2nd ESO
What music are you listening to right now? Beatles, Spanish songs and all the music 70’s & 80’s

Joey Cochran

Rank 2004: #9 U-16 boys
Forehand Rubber: Red Banda Rossa Soft 2.0
Backhand Rubber: Black Banda Rossa Soft 2.0
Blade: Banda Scandik Flare
Glue: Energy
Your style of play: Offensive
Why you chose the blade/rubber combo you did? This fits my offensive style, and I like the feel of the blade.

Joe Podvin

Forehand Rubber: Red,Mendo Energy,2.0
Backhand Rubber: Black,Mendo Energy,2.0
Blade: New Super Carbon WRB Winner
Glue: Energy

Jevgenijs Isajevs

Born: 1977
Country: Latvia
Family: Not married.
Club: high league player, club OLIISA.
When did you start to play tabletennis? I started playing table tennis at the age of 16.
Best results? 1st place in European Police Team Championship in Poland in 1999.
Results in the league: 1st place in Latvian high league
What is your target in your tabletennis career? My target in my table tennis career is to win the Latvian Championship. (To be No 1 in Latvia)
Who is the best table tennis player all time? I think it is Mikael Appelgren
What are your strengths as a player? I am a left-hand player and I make good backhand topspin.
Improvements? I would like to improve my movement speed.
How many hours do you practice each week: 24 hours
What are you doing when you are not playing? When I do not play I train my club members.
What music do you have in your CD-player right now? Dynamic

Jens Lundquist

Born: 1979
Married: No – girlfriend
Clubs: Valbo (Sweden), Söderhamn (Sweden), Frickenhausen (Germany)
Lives: Söderhamn and Frickenhausen
Plays for: Frickenhausen in the German Bundesliga
Wins/loses in the League? I had a good season 2002/2003
Material: Mendo MP max and Super Carbon
When did you start to play tabletennis? I started when I was 7. At that time I was also playing football and ice hockey.
How many days per year are you traveling? It’s a lot of traveling when you play as a professional. It’s around 200-225 days per year.
What is the first thing you do when you come into your hotel room? I always check the channels on the television before I unpack my gear.
Who is the best table tennis player all time? Jan-Ove Waldner, no doubts!
Who is the best table tennis player now? Ma Lin. He’s got a good serve and a fantastic forehand.
What are your strengths as a player? My forehand and my footwork.
Improvements? My backhand and my defence.
How many hours do you practise each week? It’s around 15-20 hours each week + workout in the gym.
What are you doing when you are not traveling or playing? I hang out with friends and I like to play golf.
What music do you have on your CD player right now? A Swedish group called Melody Club.
Any advice to younger players? Practice hard and I also think it’s important to settle your own goals, both short term goals and a long term goal. It will be easier to motivate your self if you see that you can reach one of your goals.
Any plans after your table tennis career? I’m not thinking of that now since I’m young and hopefully I’ve got many years left as a world class player.

Jennifer Mast

Rank 2004: #2 Under 14 girls
Forehand Rubber: Innova Prem. 2.6 red
Backhand Rubber: Innova Prem. 2.6 black
Blade: Tube Light flared handle
Glue: Energy
Style of Play: I play an allround looping and countering game.
Why you chose the blade/rubber combo you did? I like the blade because it is light and has good control, the rubber has a soft sponge that has good touch yet also has good speed, especially when reglued.

Jean Francois

Rank 2004: Canadian Men #15
Forehand Rubber: magna red 2,0
Backhand Rubber: magna black 2,0
Blade: Carbotech straight
Glue: Energy
Your style of play: First slow loop with a lot of spin, with a strong forehand from the pivot, far in the backhand of a right handed player.
In defense, long push with a lot of spin to force the other player to lift the ball, and a strong block in the other corner. It’s simple but it works. My best shot is the serve, if you can place your opponent in trouble only with the serve, you got a couple of free point only with this, and all other balls easier to play.
Why you chose the blade/rubber combo you did? I love rubber who are not to smooth, that’s why I never play with max. I love to play defense and chop far of the table, magna is soft and hard at the same time and it permit me to combine the loop and the chop.

Jean Baptise

National Team Coach
Forehand Rubber: Magna 2.0 red
Backhand Rubber: Magna 2.0 black
Blade:
Glue: Victory

Jackie Lee

Results: 2003 US Mixed Doubles Champion, 2004 US World Team Member, 2003 US Junior World Team Member 1998 National Women’s Singles Quarterfinalist, Women’s Under 22 Finalist, Girls’ Junior High School Champion. 1999 Junior Olympics Girls’ Under 14 Champion. 1999 Junior Nationals Girls’ Under 18, Under 16, Under 14, Under 14 Doubles, and Girls’ Team Under 22 Champion.
Forehand Rubber: Magna (2.0)
Backhand Rubber: Magna (2.0)
Blade: Offensive Classic Master
Glue: Energy
Style of Play: two sided attacker/hitter
Why you chose the blade/rubber combo you did? Magna is great rubber for hitting and looping so I can do both interchangeably. The blade combined with the rubber makes a perfect combo of speed that I like for my racket.

Istvan Moldovan

Born: 1973
Country: Norway
Family: Girlfriend Ulrika
Club: BVSC Budapest (HUN), Modum Bordtennisklubb (NOR), TTC Rot Porz Gold (GER), TTC Lübeck (GER), DJK Ofenburg (GER), Würzburger Hoffbrau (GER), Halmstad Bordtennisklubb (SWE) – current
Material: Blade: STIGA Clipper Oversize; Rubbers: STIGA Mendo MP max
When did you start to play tabletennis? At the age of 10
Results in the league (wins/loses)? 12/20 (including the Play Off)
Best results? Norwegian Champion in 2000 and 2001, 9th place in doubles with Geir Erlandsen at the 1999 World Championships, 2003 Swedish Champion with Halmstad BTK
What is your target in your tabletennis career? Reaching the Olympic Games in Athen 2004
Who is the best table tennis player all time? Jan Ove Waldner
What are your strengths as a player? Bh and fh drives and some experience
Improvements? Better serves and receives, defence, playing faster
How many hours do you practise each week? 18-22 hrs technique and 4-5 hrs physical
What are you doing when you are not playing? Spending time with my girlfriend, going nuts with my friends, reading some and listening to music of course.
What kind of CD do you have in your CD player right now? Pain of Salvation: The Perfect Element I.

Irina Ivanova

Born: 1960
Country: Latvia
Club: GTK-37
Material: Clipper OS/ Innova/ Innova UL
When did you start to play tabletennis? Age 9
Best results? 2nd Latvia, 10th place USSR championship
Results in the league (wins/loses)? Now only give trainings
What is your target in your tabletennis career? To bring up a champion
Who is the best table tennis player all time? Stellan Bengtsson
What are your strengths as a player? I can change the style of my play during the match
Improvements? I don’t need to improve my game… too late!
How many hours do you practise each week? 15-18 hours
What are you doing when you are not playing? My hobby are dogs
What kind of CD do you have in your CD player right now? Russian modern folk music (Nadezda Babkina)

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