Who is the Hardest Opponent of Ma Long?


Welcome back to my channel. Today, 15th December, is a special day. The birthday of
Wang Hao, one of the legend in table tennis. He is not as famous as Ma Long, but for
me, he is a legend. Why? There are 2 reasons. Wang Hao was previously ranked #1 on the official
ITTF world rankings for 27 consecutive months, from October 2007 to December 2009. In January 2010, he was replaced by
Ma Long as the #1 rank on the official ITTF world rankings. If someone asked me, “Who is the toughest
opponent of Ma Long?”. I would say, “Wang Hao”. Wang Hao is one of the player who has a positive
score versus Ma Long. Let’s check
the Head-To-Head score. So Ma Long has played 23 matches versus Wang
Hao on the international competitions. And Wang Hao has won 12 matches, and Ma Long
won 11 matches. He is known as the best Reverse Penhold Backhand
(RPB) with exceptional skill. Wang Hao retired from the national team by
the end of 2014, at 31 years-old. 2 years later, he had a son. Wang Hao stated he would prefer his son to
not pursue table tennis. I have asked a question to you, “Wang Hao’s
backhand versus Ma Long’s forehand, which one that you choose?”. And here is your answer! With 2500 votes, 80% has chosen Ma Long’s
forehand. And only 20% wanted
to have Wang Hao’s amazing backhand. Wang Hao has won an astonishing 18 world championships
since he joined the national team in 1998, but failed break through in
three Olympics singles finals in 2004, 2008 and 2012. The defeats shocked millions of Chinese sports
lovers. Each time during the live broadcast,
the entire country felt the pain of him seeing Olympic titles slip through his fingers. He admitted to the media that he was emotional
after winning the silver in 2004. In 2012 he also cried, not because he had
lost, but because it would be his last trip to
the Olympics. Today, I want to show you a crazy set between
Wang Hao and Ma Long. That Ma Long is winning 9-3. Yes, 9-3 is a huge difference. But 5 minutes later, the score is now 10-10. By watching this set, you will understand
why Ma Long often choked at the crucial moment. The head coach Liu Guoliang has said
“Ma Long has a big problem – scared of winning”. And you can see how powerful
Wang Hao’s backhand is. He used his RPB backhand to counter Ma Long’s
forehand.

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