Players who can make you fall in love with table tennis are rare, some majestic blocks or the ease of playing shots or doing some unpredictable is something that makes all the fans around the world enjoy the sport so much. Koki Niwa is one of the name in the world of table tennis who has won the hearts of many table tennis fans. The Japanese, born on 10 October 1994, has been appreciated by whole table tennis fraternity.
Retire from international competition. Thanks for your great amount of support! Tweet from Koki Niwa
Koki Niwa has been one of the top players in WTT rankings, he has achieved a highest rank of #5 in his career. Koki has also made multiple upsets in his career and he has defeated World Rank #1 players multiple times such as Zhang Jike, Ma Long, Dimitrij Ovtcharov, Lin Gaoyuan, Xu Xin. Interesting to note is that Koki Niwa has a higher win ratio against Xu Xin (2-1) who is one of the most complete pen hold players of modern era.
One of the most majestic win’s of Koki Niwa has been against Ma Long in 2012, who was the World Rank #1 at that time. He became the first player to qualify for Olympics 2012 which was eventually won by Zhang Jike of China.
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After the Tokyo Olympics, I believed in playing one match at a time. While playing against the younger players, I felt that I wanted to pass the baton on to the next generation and support them. I spent half of my time as a member of the Japanese national team. During this time, I gained lots of experience both as a table tennis player and in life. From all of your support I was able to play until now, so I thank you all very much for this. I will continue playing domestically as a professional player and be involved in the spread of table tennis. I want to show how fun and inspiring table tennis is and will do my utmost best to promote the sport. -Koki Niwa
Koki has retired from international table tennis but he will be continue to be a professional player in domestic tournaments. Looks like he might also continue in J-League, which is professional Table Tennis league in Japan.
We wish Koki Niwa a wonderful future and all the best for his endeavours. Thanks for all the memories.
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