Ding Ning (simplified Chinese: 丁宁; traditional Chinese: 丁寧; pinyin: Dīng Níng; born 20 June 1990) is a former Chinese table tennis player.[2] She was the winner of women's singles in the 2011 World Table Tennis Championships.

Ding Ning
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Ding Ning in 2013
Personal information
Nickname(s)The Queen of Hearts[1]
Born (1990-06-20) 20 June 1990 (age 32)[2]
Daqing, Heilongjiang, China
Playing styleLeft-handed, shakehand grip
Highest ranking1 (March 2019)
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)[3]
Weight63 kg (139 lb)[3]

At the 2015 World Table Tennis Championships, Ding Ning won her second world title in women's singles by defeating her compatriot Liu Shiwen 4–3 in the final. At the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships in Düsseldorf Ding Ning defeated Zhu Yuling 4–2 in the final, becoming World Champion for the third time. She won the women's table tennis singles gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics where she beat compatriot Li Xiaoxia in the women's singles final. She previously won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women's singles event. She was part of the Chinese team that won the gold medal in the team event at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.[4] In terms of achievements, she is one of the most successful female table tennis players (alongside Li Xiaoxia, Deng Yaping, Wang Nan, Zhang Yining) having won the gold medal in each of the Table Tennis World Cup, the Table Tennis World Championships, and the Olympic Games.

She is currently retired, and studying in Peking University for a Master's degree in Physical Education. Ding officially announced her retirement in a Weibo post in September 2021.[5]

Ding Ning at the 2016 Summer Olympics

London 2012 ControversyEdit

In the Olympic Singles final against compatriot Li Xiaoxia, Italian umpire Paola Bongelli repeatedly cautioned Ding Ning for her backhand tomahawk serve[clarification needed]. Bongelli deducted 3 penalty points from Ding Ning leading her to break down in tears in the fourth set. The decision from Bongelli affected the game, Ding's composure and her timing, and caused Ding to lose the final. After the game Ding Ning stated, "I had an obstacle today, and not only from the opponent but from the judge as well," said Ding. "I was affected by the judge. After the first one (point penalty), I tried to keep cool but could not hold it after the second. The judge was too strict. I always serve the ball like this. I have done that for the last two years and, even from the first game of the Olympics, I have served like this. I do not know what to say. As soon as I raised my hand to serve, she sentenced me with a service violation."[6]

Career recordsEdit

Singles (as of 2016)[7]
  • World Championships: Winner (2011, 2015, 2017)
  • World Cup: Winner (2011,2014, 2018).
  • Pro Tour Winner (11): Kuwait Open (2009); English, UAE, Austrian Open (2011); Slovenian, Polish Open (2012); Austrian, Qatar, Russian Open (2013); China Open (2014); Korea, China Open (2016); China Open (2017)
    Runner-up (4): German Open (2010); Qatar, Harmony China <Suzhou> Open (2011); KRA Korea Open (2012); Kuwait, China, Polish Open (2015); Kuwait, Qatar, Japan Open (2016).
  • Pro Tour Grand Finals Winner (1): Lisbon, Portugal (2015)
    appearances: 4. Record: runner-up (2009, 11,12,13).
  • Asian Championships: winner (2009).
  • Asian Cup: Winner (2014); 2nd (2010); 3rd (2009).
  • World Junior Championships: winner (2005).
  • Olympics : Silver Medal (2012), Gold Medal (2016)
Women's Doubles
  • World Championships: winner (2017), runner-up (2009, 2011,2013,2015).
  • Pro Tour Winner (18): Danish, China (Tianjin) Open (2009); Qatar Open (2010); Austrian Open (2011); Hungarian, Slovenian, KRA Korea Open (2012); Austrian, Kuwait, Qatar, Russian Open (2013); China Open (2014); Kuwait, Polish Open (2015); Kuwait, Qatar, Japan, Korean Open (2016); China Open (2017)
    Runner-up (8): China (Nanjing) Open 2007; Qatar Open (2009); Kuwait, German, China Open (2010); English, Qatar, Harmony China <Suzhou> Open (2011); China Open (2012,16)
  • Pro Tour Grand Finals appearances: 3. Record: winner (2009,2013,2015).
  • Asian Games: runner-up (2010).
  • Asian Championships: winner (2009).
  • China National Games: winner (2017).[8]
Mixed Doubles
  • World Championships: round of 16 (2007).
  • Asian Games: quarterfinal (2010)
  • Asian Championships: runner-up (2009).
  • China National Games: Winner (2013)
  • World Championships: 1st (2012,2014,2016, 2018) ; 2nd (2010).
  • World Team Cup: 1st (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018).
  • Asian Games: 1st (2010,2014).
  • Asian Championships: 1st (2009, 2012, 2013,2015).
Olympic 2012
Olympic 2016


  1. ^ "Ding Ning: On the upswing down under". ittf.com. 9 July 2019. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "ITTF players' profiles". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Athlete's Profile". 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee. Archived from the original on 3 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Ding Ning Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Table Tennis Stars React to Ding Ning's Retirement". edgesandnets.com. 6 September 2021. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  6. ^ "London 2012 Table Tennis final ends in tears as umpire 'ruins Olympic dream'". National Post. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  7. ^ "ITTF Statistics". International Table Tennis Federation. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Ding Ning defeats long time rival for title". ITTF. Retrieved 17 November 2017.

External linksEdit

Olympic Games
Preceded by Flagbearer for   China
at the Olympics closing ceremony

Rio de Janeiro 2016
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