June 15, 1998
Top-seeded Yinghua Gheng of Gaithersburg, Md., defeated Ekun Abass of New York to win the over-40 men's singles title in the U.S. National Seniors table tennis tournament Sunday at Leisure World in Laguna Hills. Gheng won, 21-18, 21-17, 16-21, 21-16. In the under-40 doubles final, Cindy Cooper of San Diego and Attila Malek of Costa Mesa defeated Herbert Lau of Huntington Beach and George Brathwaite of New York, 19-21, 21-15, 22-21.
July 1, 1995
Dan Seemiller, who won his first seniors table tennis championship a year ago, will defend his title beginning today at the sixth National Seniors Open at Leisure World in Laguna Hills. Seemiller, a five-time national champion from Pittsburgh, will be among several nationally known players at the event. Competition starts at 9 a.m. today, continuing through Monday.
June 6, 1986
Men's and women's teams from the People's Republic of China will compete in the third annual California International table tennis tournament Saturday and Sunday at Alhambra High School. Also entered are teams from Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India and the United States. The Chinese team is led by Geng Lijuan, the No. 1 women's player in the world.
July 4, 1995 |
The biggest Hollywood hit of last year, "Forrest Gump," gave table tennis some much-needed publicity. But players at the National Senior Table Tennis Tournament in Leisure World said they wish the simpleton from the South could have given their sport something else--credibility.
June 30, 1994
Jean-Phillipe Gatien of France, the top-seeded player and defending world champion, withdrew from the U.S. Open Table Tennis Championships because of a leg injury. Two Swedes are now the favorites in the competition, which begins today at the Anaheim Convention Center. They are Jan Ove Walden, ranked second in the world men's singles rankings, and Jorgen Persson, who won the 1991 world title. In all, 850 players from 37 countries will compete for $80,000 in prize money.
December 22, 1990 |
One quick peek into Exhibit Hall A of the San Diego Convention Center in the next two days, and about the only thing to strike a chord of recognition would be the tables. Everything else has undergone partial to radical transformations. The balls are different, the paddles are different, the apparel is different, even the name is fighting to establish its own identity. Sixty tables have been set up to accommodate the 350 players competing in the 34 events of the U.S. Table Tennis Assn.