Zhang Jike & His Equipment

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Zhang Jike is one of the three male players who hold the most major titles in table tennis history. He is the only one who won 5 major titles in a row in table tennis history.

Zhang Jike, Ma Long, Jan-Ove Waldner, Liu Guoliang, and Kong Linghui are five players who have completed all Grand Slams in their careers.
Zhang Jike

Zhang Jike Information:

  • Native name: 张继科
  • Nationality: China
  • Born: February 16, 1988, Qingdao, Shandong, China
  • Playing-style: Shakehand grip
  • Highest Ranking: #1

Zhang Jike playing style

When Zhang Jike initially joined the national team, the coaches were apprehensive about his forehand technique and thought about changing it completely. But Xiao Zhan, the then personal coach of Zhang Jike, noticed the explosive technique of his forehand and backhand strokes and instead retained them. Zhang Jike’s spin oriented technique provides him oftentimes with a topspin advantage against opponents.

Zhang’s serves are unpredictable and quite deceptive. His most famous serve is probably the reverse-pendulum short serve into both corners of the table. The side-spin on the serve, together with his backhand flicks, above-average footwork and top-class anticipation has proved to be an ideal combination as he is capable to “open up” topspin rallies to his advantage.

It is noticeable that he would play with a backhand oriented game plan against big forehand loopers like Ma Long or Fan Zhendong. He would keep his opponents in their backhand corner and go for down-the-line blocking winners as the opposition steps around to use a forehand loop, or just pile up the pressure, resulting in bad shot selections and unforced errors by the opponent.

One of Zhang Jike’s most valuable asset is his mental strength. His ability to win big points in major competitions under pressure is apparent to observers.

In 2014, Zhang’s world ranking dropped to 5th as a result of consecutive early world tour exits and title drought. Head coach Liu Guoliang criticized him for his lack of focus and techniques development. However, Zhang managed to lead his hometown team, Shandong, to the 2014 Chinese Table Tennis Super League championship, and he won the World Cup again in October. His prize money, US$45,000, for winning the World Cup was taken as a fine as himself proposed for destroying the barriers in celebration. This fund will be used to set up the Fair Play Award.

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Zhang Jike Highlights

Zhang Jike’s Titles

Olympic Games

Year City Event Medal
2012 London Singles Gold
2012 London Team Gold
2016 Rio de Janeiro Singles Silver
2016 Rio de Janeiro Team Gold

World Championships

Year City Event Medal
2009 Yokohama Doubles Bronze
2009 Yokohama Mixed Doubles Silver
2010 Moscow Team Gold
2011 Rotterdam Singles Gold
2011 Rotterdam Doubles Gold
2012 Dortmund Team Gold
2013 Paris Singles Gold
2014 Tokyo Team Gold
2015 Suzhou Singles Bronze
2015 Suzhou Doubles Gold
2016 Kuala Lumpur Team Gold

World Cup

Year City Event Medal
2009 Linz Team Gold
2010 Dubai Team Gold
2010 Magdeburg Singles Silver
2011 Paris Singles Gold
2013 Guangzhou Team Gold
2014 Düsseldorf Singles Gold
2015 Dubai Team Gold

Asian Games

Year City Event Medal
2010 Guangzhou Doubles Gold
2010 Guangzhou Team Gold
2014 Incheon Doubles Gold
2014 Incheon Team Gold

Asian Championships

Year City Event Medal
2009 Locknow Singles Silver
2009 Locknow Team Silver
2011 Macau Singles Silver
2011 Macau Team Gold
2013 Busan Team Gold
2015 Pattaya Team Gold

Zhang Jike Equipment

  • Blade: Butterfly Viscaria FL
  • Forehand: DHS Hurricane 3 National (black)
  • Backhand: Butterfly Tenergy 80 (Red)

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