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Monique Kalkman-Van Den Bosch

Monique Kalkman-Van Den Bosch, born on November 28, 1964, in the Netherlands, is a Dutch former professional wheelchair tennis and table tennis player. She is widely regarded as one of the most successful and influential athletes in disability sports history.

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Marie Kettnerová

Marie Kettnerová, a remarkable Czech international table tennis player, achieved numerous accolades and contributed to the development of the sport. She won 23 World Table Tennis Championships medals from 1933 to 1950, including gold in singles in 1934 and 1935. Kettnerová’s exceptional skills and dedication continue to inspire future generations of table tennis players.

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Maria Scutti

Maria Scutti (August 1928 – 2005) was an Italian paralympic athlete who made a profound impact on the world of sports. Known as the “golden woman” (donna d’oro), she earned this moniker through her outstanding achievements and groundbreaking victories.

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Angelica Rozeanu

Angelica Rozeanu, the most successful female table tennis player in history, was born on October 15, 1921. Her remarkable career spanned several decades, achieving numerous accolades and records. After winning her first Romanian national championship in 1936, she dominated the sport for over two decades, securing her first World Championship title in 1950. Rozeanu’s exceptional talent and dedication to table tennis earned her numerous awards and recognitions, solidifying her status as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. She passed away on February 21, 2006, leaving behind an enduring legacy.

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Wang Nan

Wang Nan, born on October 23, 1978, in Fushun, Liaoning, is a highly accomplished female Chinese table tennis player. With her exceptional talent and remarkable career, Wang has earned her place as one of the most successful female table tennis players in history. Her unparalleled success, including winning four gold medals at the 1998 Asian Games and two gold medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics, solidifies her status as a true champion in the sport.

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Zhang Yining

Zhang Yining is a retired Chinese table tennis player who is considered one of the greatest female players in the sport’s history. She has won gold medals in the Table Tennis World Cup, the Table Tennis World Championships, and the Olympic Games. Zhang dominated the sport from 2003 to 2009, earning her the nickname “The Yellow Beast.” Her aggressive attacks and precise shots made her a formidable opponent on the table tennis circuit. After retiring, Zhang pursued higher education in the United States and continues to be involved in the development of young players.

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HungaryJewishTable Tennis

Anna Sipos

Anna Sipos, a Hungarian international table tennis player, had a brilliant career and won a total of 21 medals in the World Table Tennis Championships, including eleven gold. Her remarkable six consecutive women’s doubles wins displayed her extraordinary teamwork and determination. Sipos was not only a dominant force in the sport but also a trailblazer as a Jewish athlete, overcoming challenges and breaking stereotypes. Her legacy as an icon in women’s sports history will always be remembered.

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Ella Zeller

Ella Zeller, a retired Romanian table tennis player, coach, and administrator, has left a lasting impact on the sport. Her remarkable achievements, dedication, and influence in table tennis have earned her a place in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Hall of Fame. Zeller’s legacy as a player, coach, and administrator continues to inspire table tennis enthusiasts worldwide.

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Věra Votrubcová

Věra Votrubcová, a former female international table tennis player from Czechoslovakia, made a lasting impact on the sport through her exceptional talent and numerous achievements. Born on June 26, 1917, in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia, Věra Votrubcová displayed great promise from a young age.

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Gizella Farkas

Gizella “Gizi” Farkas was a Hungarian table tennis player who became one of the leading female players in the sport’s history. From 1947 to 1960, she earned numerous medals at the Table Tennis European Championships and the World Table Tennis Championships. Farkas’s exceptional talent and dedication, highlighted by her ten gold medals, solidified her status as one of the most accomplished players in the sport.

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ChinaTable Tennis

Liu Shiwen

Liu Shiwen, born on April 12, 1991, is a Chinese table tennis player renowned for her remarkable skills and achievements in the sport. With an impressive record of victories and consistent top rankings, she has become one of the most notable figures in international table tennis.

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Gertrude Pritzi

Gertrude Pritzi (15 January 1920 – 21 October 1968) was a female international table tennis player from Austria. Throughout her career, Pritzi achieved remarkable success and left a significant impact on the sport. Her dedication and skill in table tennis made her one of the most influential and celebrated players of her time.

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Ding Ning

Ding Ning, born in China in 1990, is a former Chinese table tennis player who has left an indelible mark on the sport. With numerous achievements, including winning gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics and multiple World Table Tennis Championships, Ding’s talent and dedication have solidified her status as a legend in the sport. Her inspiring journey continues to inspire aspiring athletes worldwide.

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Li Xiaoxia

Li Xiaoxia, born on January 16, 1988, in China, is a Chinese table tennis Grand Slam champion. She had an illustrious career in the sport, becoming one of the most successful female table tennis players of her time. Li Xiaoxia’s dedication, skill, and relentless pursuit of excellence have made her an inspiration for aspiring table tennis players worldwide.

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Deng Yaping

Deng Yaping, the Chinese table tennis player, is renowned for her exceptional skill and determination. With eighteen world championships, including four Olympic championships, she is hailed as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. From a young age, Deng displayed her talent, winning her first national championship at just 13 years old. Despite her height, she overcame initial challenges to become a dominant force in table tennis, achieving unparalleled success and inspiring young athletes. Her legacy in the sport continues to inspire generations.

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Martha Gustafson

Martha Sandoval Gustafson, born on January 8, 1950, is a Mexican-Canadian Paralympic medallist in table tennis, swimming, and athletics. Throughout her career, Gustafson showcased exceptional talent and determination, winning a total of twelve medals at the Paralympic Games and leaving an indelible mark on the world of adaptive sports.

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Guo Yue

Guo Yue is a Chinese table tennis player and the 2007 women’s world champion. She emerged as the women’s singles champion at the 2007 World Table Tennis Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, defeating her compatriot Li Xiaoxia in the final match. Despite facing challenges and controversy in her career, Guo Yue’s achievements and attacking style have made her an influential figure in women’s table tennis in China.

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South KoreaTable Tennis

Hyun Jung-hwa

Hyun Jung-hwa, a retired table tennis player, made a significant impact on the sport throughout her career. With her skillful playing style and unwavering determination, she achieved remarkable success at the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics. Hyun’s achievements in table tennis, both nationally and internationally, solidified her position as one of South Korea’s most influential players. Her powerful and precise playing style, along with her dedication and perseverance, continues to inspire aspiring athletes worldwide.

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HungaryTable Tennis

Mária Mednyánszky

Mária Mednyánszky, born in Budapest, Hungary in 1901, was the first official women’s world champion in table tennis. With an impressive career that saw her win 18 world titles and dominate the sport for several years, Mednyánszky’s contributions to table tennis extended beyond personal success. She served as a trailblazer for women in the sport, inspiring future generations of female players. Her remarkable achievements were recognized with the Golden Order of the Hungarian People’s Republic in 1976.

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