Tables Tennis was first introduced to the Asian Games in its third edition in the 1958 Tokyo Games. However, it was not played in the 1970 Bangkok Games.
Venue and Schedule for 2018 Asian Games
Asian Games Table Tennis event will be contested from August 26 to September 1 at the JIExpo Kemayoran Hall B3 in Jakarta.
Asian Games Table Tennis Event
Unlike earlier editions of the quadrennial tournament, the Table Tennis event will consist of only five events including men's singles, men's team, women's singles, women's team and mixed doubles competition.
Since the men's and women's doubles Table Tennis events will not be part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic, the Asian Games authority decided to exclude these two events from the 2018 Asian Games.
Defending Asian Games Table Tennis Champions
In the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, China bagged six golds in the seven events. In the men’s singles, China's Xu Xin defeated compatriot Fan Zhendong 11-6, 5-11, 11-13, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 in a nail-biting final to take the gold.
In the all Chinese women's singles final, Liu Shiwen beat Zhu Yuling by 11-6, 11-4, 13-11, 11-7 to bag the gold.
In the men’s team event, China sealed the gold winning first three matches against South Korea in the final while the women’s team routed Japan by 3-1 to make a golden double in the team’s event.
North Korea's Kim Hyok-bong and Kim Jong took the gold after beating Jiang Tianyi and Lee Ho Ching in the mixed doubles final.
Favourites for Asian Games 2018 Table Tennis
China has been the undisputed emperor of the Table Tennis in the prestigious multi-sporting event. However, aiming at making a solid line-up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, China has sent a relatively young team in both men's and women's categories. Still, Chinese players will be the favourite to win gold medals in four out of five events.
The current world number one and the tournament favourite Fan Zhendong will be aiming to better his last edition's silver-winning performance by capturing the gold medal in the men's singles.
In the women’s singles, the present World no. One Zhu Yuling will be the favourite to win the gold medal. In the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, she won silver in the singles category.
China will also go into the tournament as the favourite in both men’s and women’s team event.
With Japan’s keeping the current world number one pair of Yoshimura Maharu and Ishikawa Kasumi at home for the 2020 Olympics, the pair of Wong Chun-ting and Doo Hoi Kem will be the favourite to capture the mixed doubles gold in the 2018 Asian Games. The Hong Konger pair currently ranks third in the world.