Table Tennis World Cup

The Table Tennis World Cup has been held annually since 1980. There had been only men's singles until the inauguration of women's singles in 1996 and team competitions in 1990. The team competitions, the World Team Cup, were canceled until the relaunch in 2007, and now held in odd-numbered years. The competitions are sanctioned by International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and classified as R1 in rating weightings, B2 in bonus weightings in the ITTF world ranking.[1]

Table Tennis World Cup
Genresports competition
Inaugurated1980 (1980)
Organised byITTF


Men's and Women's World CupsEdit

Participants of the competition are composed of:[2]

  • The current holder of the World Cup.
  • The World Champion.
  • The champion player or the strongest current player from each of the 6 continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceania).
  • 1 player from the host association.
  • The top 8 players from the world ranking list.
  • 2 wild card selections.
    • No more than 2 players from an association unless a third is invited as a wild card.
    • If the World Champion and the World Cup title holder is the same player, or the host association has a player qualified as title holder or from the world ranking, the vacancy goes to the next highest eligible player on the world ranking list.

World Team CupEdit

  • Top 7 associations at the preceding World Team Championships.
  • If the team of the host association is not on the top 7 list, the team of the host association and 4 teams from continental federations would be represented at the event.

Current Playing SystemEdit

Men's and Women's World CupsEdit

The playing system is determined by the Executive Committee on recommendation by the Competition Department.[2] The 2009 World Cup was divided into 3 stages. All matches were the best of 7 games.[3]

  1. The Preliminary Stage- Intercontinental Cup: The 4 continental representatives from Africa, Latin America, North America and Oceania compete on a group basis with all the members of the group. The winner of this group joins the remaining 15 players in the 1st stage.
  2. The 1st Stage- Group Stage: The 16 players are divided into 4 equal groups, with all the members of a group playing each other, and the group winners and runners-up advance towards the 2nd stage.
    1. The highest-ranked player is placed in Group A, the 2nd highest in Group B, the 3rd highest in Group C and the 4th highest in Group D. The remaining players are drawn into the 4 groups at a time in ranking order.
    2. If there are 2 players from the same association, they will be drawn into separate groups but the 3rd player from the same association may be drawn into any group.
  3. The 2nd Stage- Knockout:
    1. Quarter Finals: 4 quarter finals (Q1-Q4) are arranged according to both the groups and the rankings in the 1st Stage. Q1-Q4 are as follows: A1 vs. B2, C1 vs. D2, D1 vs. C2, and B1 vs. A2.
    2. Semi-finals: the matches are winner of Q1 vs. winner of Q2, and winner of Q3 vs. winner of Q4.
    3. Winners of semi-finals enter the final, with the losers of the semi-finals competing for the third place.

World Team CupEdit

All team matches are played on the Olympic System with a maximum of 4 singles and 1 doubles. And all individual matches of a team match are the best of 5 games.[2][4]

  1. Intercontinental Cup: The 4 teams from continental federations not qualified by their ranking at the preceding World Team Championships shall compete in an Intercontinental Cup played on round-robin. Only one team survives.
  2. Knockout: 7 teams qualified from World Team Championships and the host are seeded based on latest ITTF World Team Ranking. The winner of the Intercontinental Cup play a match against the lowest seeded of the other 8 teams, other than the host association's team. The winner of this match shall promote to final knockout. The top 4 seeds are separated in different matches in quarter-finals.


Men's singlesEdit

Year Host City Gold Silver Bronze
1980 Hong Kong   Guo Yuehua   Li Zhenshi   Josef Dvoracek
1981 Kuala Lumpur   Tibor Klampár   Xie Saike   Guo Yuehua
1982 Hong Kong   Guo Yuehua   Mikael Appelgren   Xie Saike
1983 Barbados   Mikael Appelgren   Jan-Ove Waldner   Erik Lindh
1984 Kuala Lumpur   Jiang Jialiang   Kim Wan   Ulf Bengtsson
1985 Foshan   Chen Xinhua   Andrzej Grubba   Jiang Jialiang
1986 Port of Spain   Chen Longcan   Jiang Jialiang   Kim Wan
1987 Macao   Teng Yi   Jiang Jialiang   Andrzej Grubba
1988 Guangzhou & Wuhan   Andrzej Grubba   Chen Longcan   Jiang Jialiang
1989 Nairobi   Ma Wenge   Andrzej Grubba   Mikael Appelgren
1990 Chiba City   Jan-Ove Waldner   Ma Wenge   Chen Longcan
1991 Kuala Lumpur   Jörgen Persson   Jean-Philippe Gatien   Jan-Ove Waldner
1992 Ho Chi Minh City   Ma Wenge   Kim Taek-soo   Yoo Nam-kyu
1993 Guangzhou   Zoran Primorac   Wang Tao   Wenguan Johnny Huang
1994 Taipei   Jean-Philippe Gatien   Jean-Michel Saive   Zoran Primorac
1995 Nimes   Kong Linghui   Jörg Roßkopf   Liu Guoliang
1996 Nimes   Liu Guoliang   Jan-Ove Waldner   Vladimir Samsonov
1997 Nimes   Zoran Primorac   Kong Linghui   Vladimir Samsonov
1998 Shantou   Jörg Roßkopf   Kim Taek-soo   Zoran Primorac
1999 Xiaolan   Vladimir Samsonov   Werner Schlager   Zoran Primorac
2000 Yangzhou   Ma Lin   Kim Taek-soo   Wang Liqin
2001 Courmayeur   Vladimir Samsonov   Wang Liqin   Jörg Roßkopf
2002 Jinan   Timo Boll   Kong Linghui   Zoran Primorac
2003 Jiangyin   Ma Lin   Kalinikos Kreanga   Wang Liqin
2004 Hangzhou   Ma Lin   Kalinikos Kreanga   Wang Hao
2005 Liège   Timo Boll   Wang Hao   Ma Lin
2006 Paris   Ma Lin   Wang Hao   Wang Liqin
2007 Barcelona   Wang Hao   Ryu Seung-min   Wang Liqin
2008 Liège   Wang Hao   Timo Boll   Ma Long
2009 Moscow   Vladimir Samsonov   Chen Qi   Ma Long
2010 Magdeburg   Wang Hao   Zhang Jike   Timo Boll
2011 Paris   Zhang Jike   Wang Hao   Joo Se-hyuk
2012 Liverpool   Ma Long   Timo Boll   Vladimir Samsonov
2013 Verviers   Xu Xin   Vladimir Samsonov   Dimitrij Ovtcharov
2014 Düsseldorf   Zhang Jike   Ma Long   Timo Boll
2015 Halmstad   Ma Long   Fan Zhendong   Dimitrij Ovtcharov
2016 Saarbrücken   Fan Zhendong   Xu Xin   Wong Chun Ting
2017 Liège   Dimitrij Ovtcharov   Timo Boll   Ma Long
2018 Paris   Fan Zhendong   Timo Boll   Lin Gaoyuan
2019 Chengdu   Fan Zhendong   Tomokazu Harimoto   Lin Yun-ju
2020 Düsseldorf

Women's singlesEdit

Year Host City Gold Silver Bronze
1996 Hong Kong   Deng Yaping   Yang Ying   Wang Chen
1997 Shanghai   Wang Nan   Li Ju   Li Chunli
1998 Taipei   Wang Nan   Li Ju   Chen-Tong Fei-Ming
2000 Phnom Penh   Li Ju   Wang Nan   Sun Jin
2001 Wuhu   Zhang Yining   Kim Hyon-hui   Mihaela Steff
2002 Singapore   Zhang Yining   Li Nan   Tie Ya Na
2003 Hong Kong   Wang Nan   Niu Jianfeng   Zhang Yining
2004 Hangzhou   Zhang Yining   Wang Nan   Tie Ya Na
2005 Guangzhou   Zhang Yining   Guo Yan   Ai Fukuhara
2006 Urumqi   Guo Yan   Zhang Yining   Li Jiawei
2007 Chengdu   Wang Nan   Zhang Yining   Guo Yue
2008 Kuala Lumpur   Li Xiaoxia   Tie Ya Na   Feng Tianwei
2009 Guangzhou   Liu Shiwen   Guo Yue   Li Xiaoxia
2010 Kuala Lumpur   Guo Yan   Jiang Huajun   Guo Yue
2011 Singapore   Ding Ning   Li Xiaoxia   Tie Ya Na
2012 Huangshi   Liu Shiwen   Elizabeta Samara   Shen Yanfei
2013 Kobe   Liu Shiwen   Wu Yang   Feng Tianwei
2014 Linz   Ding Ning   Li Xiaoxia   Kasumi Ishikawa
2015 Sendai   Liu Shiwen   Kasumi Ishikawa   Petrissa Solja
2016 Philadelphia   Miu Hirano   Cheng I-ching   Feng Tianwei
2017 Markham   Zhu Yuling   Liu Shiwen   Cheng I-ching
2018 Chengdu   Ding Ning   Zhu Yuling   Cheng I-ching
2019 Chengdu   Liu Shiwen   Zhu Yuling   Feng Tianwei
2020 Bangkok

Men's doublesEdit

Year Host City Gold Silver Bronze
1990 Seoul   Kim Taek-soo
  Yoo Nam-kyu
  Steffen Fetzner
  Jörg Roßkopf
  Andrzej Grubba
  Leszek Kucharski
  Ilija Lupulesku
  Zoran Primorac
1992 Las Vegas   Kim Taek-soo
  Yoo Nam-kyu
  Andrei Mazunov
  Dmitrij Mazunov
  Steffen Fetzner
  Jörg Roßkopf
  Kang Hee-chan
  Lee Chul-seung

Women's doublesEdit

Year Host City Gold Silver Bronze
1990 Seoul   Hong Cha-ok
  Hyun Jung-hwa
  Chai Po Wa
  Chan Tan Lui
  Deng Yaping
  Hu Xiaoxin
  Hong Soon-hwa
  Lee Tae-joo
1992 Las Vegas   Deng Yaping
  Qiao Hong
  Hong Cha-ok
  Hyun Jung-hwa
  Chai Po Wa
  Chan Tan Lui
  Chen Zihe
  Gao Jun

Men's teamEdit

Year Host City Gold Silver Bronze
1990 Chiba City   Sweden   China   England
  North Korea
1991 Barcelona   China   Sweden   France
  North Korea
1994 Nimes   China   Sweden   Belgium
1995 Atlanta   South Korea   Germany   Japan
  United States
2007 Magdeburg   China   Hong Kong   Austria
  South Korea
2009 Linz   China   South Korea   Germany
  Hong Kong
2010 Dubai   China   South Korea   Austria
2011 Magdeburg   China   South Korea   Germany
2013 Guangzhou   China   Chinese Taipei   Egypt
2015 Dubai   China   Austria   Chinese Taipei
2018 London   China   Japan   England
  South Korea
2019 Tokyo   China   South Korea   Chinese Taipei

Performance by nations in Men's World TeamEdit

Team Winners Runners-up Third Place
  China 10 (1991, '94, 2007, '09, '10, '11, '13, '15, '18, '19) 1 (1990) 0
  South Korea 1 (1995) 4 (2009, '10, '11, '19) 2 (2007, '18)
  Sweden 1 (1990) 2 (1991, '94) 0
  Japan 0 1 (2018) 4 (1995, 2011, '13, '19)
  Germany 0 1 (1995) 3 (2009, '10, '11)
  Austria 0 1 (2015) 2 (2007, '10)
  Chinese Taipei 0 1 (2013) 2 (2015, '19)
  Hong Kong 0 1 (2007) 1 (2009)
  North Korea 0 0 2 (1990, '91)
  England 0 0 2 (1990, 2018)
  France 0 0 2 (1991, '94)
  Belgium 0 0 1 (1994)
  United States 0 0 1 (1995)
  Egypt 0 0 1 (2013)
  Portugal 0 0 1 (2015)

Women's teamEdit

Year Host City Gold Silver Bronze
1990 Chiba City   China   North Korea   France
1991 Barcelona   China   South Korea   Japan
  North Korea
1994 Nimes   Russia   Germany   China
1995 Atlanta   China   Romania   Hungary
  South Korea
2007 Magdeburg   China   South Korea   Hong Kong
2009 Linz   China   Singapore   Hong Kong
2010 Dubai   China   Singapore   South Korea
2011 Magdeburg   China   Japan   Hong Kong
2013 Guangzhou   China   Japan   Hong Kong
2015 Dubai   China   North Korea   Japan
2018 London   China   Japan   Hong Kong
  North Korea
2019 Tokyo   China   Japan   Chinese Taipei
  South Korea

Performance by nations in Women's World TeamEdit

Team Winners Runners-up Third Place
  China 11 (1990, '91, '95, 2007, '09, '10, '11, '13, '15, '18, '19) 0 1 (1994)
  Russia 1 (1994) 0 0
  Japan 0 4 (2011, '13, '18, '19) 4 (1991, 2009, '10, '15)
  Singapore 0 2 (2009, '10) 3 (2011, '13, '15)
  South Korea 0 2 (1991, 2007) 3 (1995, 2010, '19)
  North Korea 0 2 (1990, 2015) 2 (1991, 2018)
  Romania 0 1 (1995) 0
  Germany 0 1 (1994) 0
  Hong Kong 0 0 5 (2007, '09, '11, '13, '18)
 Hungary 0 0 3 (1990, '95, 2007)
  France 0 0 1 (1990)
  Netherlands 0 0 1 (1994)
  Chinese Taipei 0 0 1 (2019)


  1. ^ "Policy for inclusion in the ITTF World Ranking" (PDF). ITTF. ITTF. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
  2. ^ a b c "ITTF Handbook 2009/2010 Index 4.03-4.04". ITTF. ITTF. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
  3. ^ "Playing System for the 2009 Men's and Women's World Cup" (PDF). ITTF. ITTF. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
  4. ^ "Playing System for the 2009 World Team Cup" (PDF). ITTF. ITTF. Retrieved 2010-07-15.

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