Wang Hao (table tennis)

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wang.
Wang Hao
Personal information
Nationality  China
Born December 15, 1983 (1983-12-15) (age 32)
Changchun, Jilin Province, China
Playing style Offensive Penholder
Highest ranking 1 (Dec 2004, Oct 2007–Jul 2009, Apr–Sep 2011)
Current ranking 7 (March 2015)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)

Wáng Hào (Chinese: 王皓; pinyin: Wáng Hào; Wang Hao; born 15 December 1983) is a retired Chinese table tennis player.[1][2] He became the World Champion in Men's Singles in Yokohama, Japan in May 2009, defeating 3-time World Champion Wang Liqin 4–0.[3] Other notable accomplishments include being a 3-time World Cup Champion in 2007, 2008 and 2010, a singles silver medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics.[4] In January 2010, he was replaced by Ma Long as the #1 rank on the official ITTF world rankings.[5] He was previously ranked #1 on the official ITTF world rankings for 27 consecutive months, from October 2007 to December 2009.[6] In April 2011, he was again the top ranked male player in the world. He is known to execute the Reverse Penhold Backhand (RPB) with exceptional skill.

During his career, he has appeared twelve times in major world competition finals, which is a record. In men's singles, he has won the Asian Championship, Asian Cup, Asian Games, and Chinese National Games at least once.

Also, Wang Hao is the only person in the history of Table Tennis to have participated in 3 Olympic games, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, and London 2012, and to have won silver medals in each.

Wang Hao retired from the national team by the end of 2014.[7]


Wang Hao currently uses a DHS Hurricane Hao blade with a DHS Skyline III Blue Sponge and Butterfly Sriver topsheet on Bryce sponge for his backhand.

Playing style

Wang uses a penhold grip. He is representative of a new wave of penhold players, having good attacking and defensive skills off both wings of the table. The greater freedom of the wrist involved in a penhold grip allows Wang Hao to generate large amounts of spin on the forehand side.

Compared to most pen-hold players on the professional circuit, Wang Hao uses the reverse-side for almost all shots on the backhand side, with the small exception of balls placed very slow and short within the table during serves. This style of using the reverse-side exclusively for the backhand was considered to be improper, and when he first joined the national team most players did not think highly of him.[8]

Personal Life

Wang Hao and Yan Boya met in 2010 and they married in 2013.[9] The same year, they had a son, Wang Ruiting. Wang Hao stated he would prefer his son to not pursue table tennis.[10]


See also


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