Suzhou (China), April 28 (IANS) With the top four seeds playing in front of their home crowd, it is China versus the world again in the 2015 World Table Tennis Championships men's singles event, which starts here on Tuesday. World Nos.1-4, China's Ma Long, Xu Xin, Zhang Jike and Fan Zhendong hold the table tennis world in their hands, reports Xinhua. He has to translate his immense talent into results at a big tournament as he owns just one Olympic gold medal in the team event, just one doubles world championships title and one singles World Cup title. There is no doubting his skill - he was the youngest player ever to win the Olympic, World Championships, World Cup Grand Slam - and he is renowned for his mental toughness in the big moments so he could be considered the favourite.
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The important issues on the agenda for the meeting are discussions on upcoming competitions and the final presentation of Dusseldorf's bid to host the 2017 World Championships, reports Xinhua. The meeting opened with remarks by ITTF president Thomas Weikert who congratulated the Chinese organisers of the ongoing World Championships here for providing "fantastic conditions for table tennis" and expressed his condolences for the people of Nepal. "Our hearts are with our friends from Nepal because of this devastating earthquake. I spoke with the coach of the team of Nepal and again, there is full support from the ITTF to our friends in Nepal.
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Suzhou (China), April 27 (IANS) Nepalese athletes, who are currently competing at the World Table Tennis Championships, awoke to the worst possible news as information filtered out of their homeland about a 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck near Kathmandu. More than 3,000 people have been killed and about 5,000 others injured in a powerful earthquake that struck Nepal at midday on Saturday. The Nepalese players here are desperate to hear more details from home but Elina Maharjan and Nabita Shrestha had to try to focus on table tennis with the knowledge that their family and friends are facing calamity. The deadly quake jolted central, western, mid-western and far-western parts of Nepal, which was followed by at least 15 aftershocks.
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By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - Kei Nishikori was crowned Barcelona Open champion for the second consecutive year after a hard-fought 6-4 6-4 victory over surprise Spanish finalist Pablo Andujar on Sunday. "I didn't think about winning the tournament at the start of the week because of the strength of the players here, especially the Spanish, but now I am very happy," Nishikori told reporters. Nishikori found himself being dragged out of position by Andujar, who had beaten third seed David Ferrer in the semi-finals but, despite racking up 13 unforced errors, he still managed to break his opponent again at 5-4 to win the first set.