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Ni Xialian (Chinese: 倪夏莲; born 4 July 1963) is a female Chinese-born table tennis player who now represents Luxembourg. She was born in Shanghai, and resides in Ettelbruck.

Ni Xialian
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Born (1963-07-04) 4 July 1963 (age 56)
Shanghai, China
Playing stylePenhold
Highest ranking8 (April 2002)[1]
Height1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb; 9.1 st)



She won team and mixed doubles gold medals in the 1983 World Table Tennis Championships.

She moved to Germany in 1989 and settled down in Luxembourg two years later. Her husband, Tommy Danielsson, is her coach and training partner.

She competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, reaching the third round of the singles competition.

She qualified for competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Women's singles competition. She lost 4-2 to 16-year-old Ariel Hsing from the USA in the 2nd round in the London games.

She competed for Luxembourg at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the women's singles competition. She lost 4-2 to Feng Tianwei of Singapore in the 3rd round.[2] She was the flag bearer for Luxembourg during the closing ceremony.[3]

Qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics, Xialian will become the oldest Olympian table tennis player.[4]

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  1. ^ "ITTF World ranking". Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Rio 2016". Rio 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  3. ^ "The Flagbearers for the Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony". 21 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  4. ^ Ni Xia Lian set to be oldest table tennis Olympian

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