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Liu Shiwen
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Liu Shiwen in 2013
Personal information
Native name 刘诗雯
Nationality  China
Born 12 April 1991 (1991-04-12) (age 30)
Liaoning, China
Playing style Right-handed, shakehand grip
Highest ranking 1 (February 2016– September 2016)
Current ranking 5 (March 2020)
Height 161 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Weight 48 kg (106 lb)

Liu Shiwen (Chinese: 刘诗雯; pinyin: Liú Shīwén; born 12 April 1991) is a Chinese table tennis player. She is a five-time World Cup champion, one-time World Champion, three-time ITTF World Tour Grand Finals champion and four-time Asian Cup champion. She is known to be one of the fastest players in the world.

She held the ITTF No. 1 rank for nine consecutive months from January to September 2010, thirteen consecutive months during 2013–2014, and eleven consecutive months during 2015–2016. Also, she has been consistently ranked first or second in ITTF Women's World ranking from early 2012 to mid-2017 (with no lower rank than third).

Equipment

Liu Shiwen currently uses a Custom made Butterfly ZLC with a black DHS Hurricane 3 NEO Blue Sponge (2.1mm,39.5°) for her forehand and a red Dignics for her backhand.

Career

In 2019, Liu Shiwen won the world championships. In a sit-down interview with CCTV, Liu discussed her 2019 World Championship run, placing a big emphasis on the psychological aspect. She noted that she felt like an underdog against both Ding Ning in the semi-finals and Chen Meng in the finals.

In 2020, Liu's season was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. She did not return for ITTF's restart events at the end of the year due to injury. Liu was expected to return in 2021 at WTT Doha, but plans were cut short by China's decision to withdraw due to coronavirus concerns.

2021

After getting surgery for an elbow injury that sidelined her through most of 2020, Liu began training with her teammates again in January.

In March, Liu participated in the Chinese National Team training camp and played in the China National Games Qualifying tournament, where she stated that she felt that she was fully recovered from her injury. National team coach Li Sun stated that Liu looked even better than expected in training camp, which prompted speculation that Liu was a front-runner to represent China in the singles event at the Tokyo Olympics. However, Liu lost 4-0 to Zhu Yuling in the quarter finals of the China Olympic Scrimmage in May.

In May, Liu was selected to represent China in the team event but not the singles event at the Tokyo Olympics. However, shortly after she lost 4-0 to He Zhuojia in the quarter-finals of the second leg of the China Olympic Scrimmage.

Liu will play mixed doubles with Xu Xin at the Tokyo Olympics. In an interview in July, Liu stated that their doubles chemistry was better than ever before.

In July, Liu Shiwen and Xu Xin won silver in the mixed doubles event at the Tokyo Olympics being upset 4-3 by Japan's Mima Ito and Jun Mizutani despite initially leading 2-0. Following the loss, Liu withdrew from the team event and was replaced by Wang Manyu.

曹臻 范瑛 刘诗雯 在2012年世界乒乓球团体锦标赛赛前
Liu Shiwen (front) and teammates Cao Zhen and Fan Ying looking at jewelry in 2012.

Career records

Singles (as of 18 June 2019)
  • World Championships: Winner (2019), Runner-up (2013, 2015), SF (2009, 2011, 2017)
  • World Cup: Winner (2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019), Runner-up (2017)
  • Asian Games: Winner (2014)
  • Asian Championships: Winner (2013), SF (2009, 2012, 2017), Runner-up (2019)
  • Asian Cup: Winner (2010, 2012, 2013, 2016), Runner-up (2009, 2015, 2017)
  • World Junior Championships: Runner-up (2004)
  • Asian Junior Championships: SF (2004)
  • Pro Tour Grand Finals: Winner (3) London, England (2011), Hangzhou, China (2012), Dubai, UAE (2013).
  • Pro Tour / ITTF World Tour
    • Winner (14):
      • 2009: Danish Open, China (Suzhou) Open, China (Tianjin) Open
      • 2010: Kuwait Open 2010
      • 2011: Qatar Open 2011
      • 2012: Hungary Open, Korea Open
      • 2013: Kuwait Open, Dubai Open
      • 2015: Polish Open
      • 2016: Qatar Open, Japan Open
      • 2018: Qatar Open, Australia Open
    • Runner-up (16):
      • 2009: English Open
      • 2010: Qatar Open
      • 2011: Sweden Open, Austria Open
      • 2012: Slovenia Open, China (Shanghai) Open, China (Suzhou) Open
      • 2013: Qatar Open, China (Suzhou) Open, Russian Open
      • 2014: China (Chengdu) Open, Sweden Open
      • 2016: Korea Open, China (Chengdu) Open
      • 2019: Qatar Open, Japan Open
  • ITTF Challenge:
    • Winner: Thailand Open (2018)
Doubles
  • World Championships: Winner (2015, 2017), Runner-up (2013), QF (2007, 2009)
  • Asian Games: Runner-up (2010, 2014)
  • Asian Championships: Winner (2005)
  • World Junior Championships: Winner (2004)
  • Asian Junior Championships: Winner (2004)
  • Pro Tour Grand Finals: Winner (2009)
  • Pro Tour /ITTF World Tour
    • Winner (20)
      • 2008: Korea Open 2008
      • 2009: Danish Open, China (Tianjin) Open
      • 2010: Qatar Open
      • 2011: China (Shenzhen) Open
      • 2012: Hungary Open, Korea Open
      • 2013: China (Changchun) Open, Russian Open
      • 2014: Kuwait Open, China (Chengdu) Open, Sweden Open
      • 2015: China (Chengdu) Open
      • 2016: Kuwait Open, Qatar Open, Korea Open
      • 2017: China
      • 2018: Japan
      • 2019: China Open, Japan Open
    • Runner-up (7)
      • 2007: China (Nanjing) Open
      • 2009: Qatar Open, China (Suzhou) Open
      • 2010: Kuwait Open, China (Suzhou) Open
      • 2016: Japan Open, China (Chengdu) Open
Mixed doubles
  • Olympic Games: Runner-up (2020)
  • World Championships: Winner (2019)
  • Asian Championships: Winner (2019), SF (2009)
  • World Junior Championships: Winner (2004)
  • ITTF World Tour:
    • Winner (3)
      • 2018: Austria Open
      • 2019: Hungary Open, Qatar Open, Sweden Open
Team
  • Olympics: Winner (2016)
  • World Championships: Winner (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018), Runner-up (2010)
  • World Team Cup: Winner (2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019)
  • Asian Games: Winner (2010, 2014)
  • Asian Championships: Winner (2009, 2012, 2013, 2015); Second Runner-up (2005)
  • World Junior Championships: Winner (2004)
  • Asian Junior Championships: Winner (2004)
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