Who Will Win 2019 World Championships?

Who will win the crown in Budapest?

The 2019 World Table Tennis Championships are just around the corner with the Hungarian capital of Budapest set to welcome the world’s biggest names from April 21st to 28th.

But who will emerge from the event as World champion? Let’s take a look at some of the contenders.

Naturally the favourite to lift the trophy is none other than the defending champion himself Ma Long.

Reigning World and Olympic champion Ma Long has undoubtedly earned a prominent place in the history books and will be keen to continue his run at the top of the game by adding another World Championships gold medal to his collection.

After a lengthy absence due to injury Ma Long made the perfect return to the international stage by winning gold at the 2019 Qatar Open, but as the no.11 seed in Budapest he will face severe tests right from Round One.

Arguably the biggest challengers for the title are fellow Chinese stars Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin, who are seeded first and second respectively.

Runner up in 2017 Fan Zhendong has since gone on to achieve many a great feat including taking his place as World No.1 in the official rankings table, a position he has held for over a year.

Xu Xin is a former World No.1 himself who, like Fan Zhendong, is still searching for his first Men’s Singles gold at the World Championships. The master of pen-hold will surely be a major contender in Budapest.

Then there’s Lin Gaoyuan, another of China’s finest who has seen a strong progression in his game over the past year or so.

However, the wildcard in the race is Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto. Breaking many a record in his career to date, Harimoto became the youngest-ever World Tour Grand Finals Men’s Singles champion in 2018 and has shown he can compete with the best but can he find the winning formula at the 2019 World Championships?

2011 bronze medallist Timo Boll will once again provide a threat to the Chinese elite as will fellow German Dimitrij Ovtcharov while Korea’s Lee Sangsu, who was one of the standout players at the previous edition of the event, will also be hoping to produce an upset or two.

So, who will win the Men’s Singles title? Ma Long is well placed to reach the top step of the podium once again but if he wasn’t to claim gold in Budapest I wouldn’t be completely shocked. Fan Zhendong is fully capable of lifting the trophy and ultimately, I believe the battle will come down to him and Ma Long.

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