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Liu Jia (Chinese: 刘佳; born 16 February 1982 in Beijing, China) is a female Chinese-born table tennis player who now represents Austria.

Liu Jia
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Liu Jia in Vienna, Austria in 2008
Full name Liu Jia
Nickname(s) Susi
Nationality  Austria
Residence Linz, Austria
Born (1982-02-16) 16 February 1982 (age 36)
Beijing, China
Playing style Shakehand
Equipment(s) Tibhar
Highest ranking 9 (2005, 2014)[1]
Current ranking 25 (August 2016)
Club Linz AG Froschberg
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight 46 kg (101 lb; 7.2 st)

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Early lifeEdit

From 1992 to 1995 Liu attended Shischa Sporting High School in Beijing. Afterwards she became a member of professional club Shian Nuntan, where she played with Zhang Yining. Despite Liu's successes as a Cadet and Junior, competition within the Chinese team was strong and prospects for a future international career were dim. Instead of following a call to Japan, Liu travelled to Austria when the opportunity arose to play for Austrian team Linz AG Froschberg.

She arrived in March 1997 without speaking either German or English, but quickly learned German within the year that she settled in Austria. She won the 1st International Austrian Youth Championships soon after her arrival. On 16 February 1998, her sixteenth birthday, she became an Austrian citizen and a member of the Austrian table tennis squad. Husband David Arvidsson is an international Danish table tennis player.

CareerEdit

Liu continued her success on youth level by taking Gold in the Singles, Doubles and Mixed competition at the 1998 European Youth Championships in Norcia. In 1999, she once again claimed the Singles and Mixed titles in Frydek-Mistek.

She competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, reaching the third round of the singles competition in each of them. She also competed in the team competition in Beijing. In May 2011, she qualified for her fourth Olympic attendance in the 2012 London Olympics where she was knocked out in the third round.[2][3]

She competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She was defeated in the fourth round by Feng Tianwei of Singapore.[4] She also competed in the women's team event, but the Austrian team was defeated by Japan in the quarterfinals.[5] Liu was the flag bearer for Austria during the Parade of Nations.[6]

ResultsEdit

European ChampionshipsEdit

  • European Champion Women's Singles: 2005 Aarhus
  • Silver medal Women's Singles: 2008 St Petersburg
  • Silver medal Women's Singles: 2010 Ostrava
  • Bronze medal Mixed: 2005 Aarhus (with Werner Schlager)
  • Bronze medal Mixed: 2002 Zagreb (with Werner Schlager)

World ChampionshipsEdit

Pro TourEdit

  • Winner 2012 Czech Open: Women's Singles
  • Winner 2008 German Open: Women's Singles
  • Winner 2004 Brazil Open: Women's Singles
  • Winner 2004 US Open: Women's Doubles
  • Runner-up 2006 Polish Open: Women's Singles and Doubles
  • Runner-up 2004 Egypt Open: Women's Singles
  • Runner-up 2004 Croatia Open: Women's Singles
  • Runner-up 2003 Korea Open: Women's Singles
  • Runner-up 2001 Brazil Open: Women's Singles
  • Runner-up 2001 Croatia Open: Women's Doubles
  • Runner-up 1999 Czech Open: Women's Doubles
  • Runner-up 1999 Australian Open: Women's Doubles
  • Runner-up 1999 Qatar Open: Women's Doubles[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 March 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-01.  ITTF World Ranking (accessed 2011-11-01).
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2015.  Players qualified for the 2012 London Olympic Games (accessed 2011-11-01).
  3. ^ http://www.olympic.org/olympic-results/london-2012/table-tennis/singles-w
  4. ^ "Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 28 August 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony". 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2011.  ITTF Statistics – Liu Jia (accessed November 1, 2011).

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Liu Jia at Wikimedia Commons
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Markus Rogan
Flagbearer for   Austria
Rio de Janeiro 2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent