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    • Liu Guoliang on whos better: Jan Ove Waldner or Ma Long!

      Last weekend saw Ma Long claim gold at the 2019 World Championships. This is the third World Championship title Ma Long has secured in his career, bringing up the question among many fans, does this make Ma Long the greatest table tennis player of all time? Well one person had their say, Liu Guoliang!


      Liu Guoliang and Ma Long (Photo by ITTF Flickr)

      USA's Kanak Jha just finished a practice session with Ma Long on the 19th April and asked the question to Liu Guoliang, "who would win between Jan Ove Waldner and Ma Long when both players are at their peak with the celluloid ball?" Liu responded, I think Jan Ove Waldner would have won. However with the plastic ball Ma Long would win".

      There we have it guys, does this settle the dust? Both Ma Long and Jan Ove Waldner were absolute monsters in their generation. One has to argue, if Ma Long wins the Tokyo Olympics next year will this make him the ultimate greatest table tennis player of all time?

      Watch Ma Long vs Mattias Falck in the final of the 2019 World Championships:



      Let us know in the comments who's the greatest table tennis player of all time.

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      Comments 14 Comments
      1. suds79's Avatar
        suds79 -
        Seems to make sense. The other day I was caught up in the moment thinking "Ma Long is the GOAT." And he very well could be. But there have been too many changes in the game with ball to call one person a winner.

        38mm era? Hard to say. JOW would be a good choice. So would Liu Guoliang. Could Ma Long have played in this era and been great? Sure. But really no idea if he'd be the best.
        40mm era? I guess you could say Ma Long. But really ZJK was clearly the best during this span in his prime pre injuries topping Ma Long in the biggest moments.
        40mm+ ? Sure lets go Ma Long.
      1. Takkyu_wa_inochi's Avatar
        Takkyu_wa_inochi -
        I think its just a diplomatic answer from LGL to a question which makes little sense anyway
      1. EmRatThich's Avatar
        EmRatThich -
        In term of achievement, I think Ma Long is still the best player in table tennis.
      1. phillypong's Avatar
        phillypong -
        Let us be honest ( i am a big Waldner fan ) , Ma Long is the GOAT , even Waldner will admit this.
      1. phillypong's Avatar
        phillypong -
        Let us be honest , Ma Long is the GOAT.
      1. Konrad Bak's Avatar
        Konrad Bak -
        Ma long after 3 different injuries at the same moment with his motivation and performance is goat..
      1. jameswalker's Avatar
        jameswalker -
        i'm MaLong Fan!
        Great Player
      1. yoass's Avatar
        yoass -
        Quote Originally Posted by phillypong View Post
        Let us be honest , Ma Long is the GOAT.
        Yes, and 5 Seconds of Summer is the GOAT of popular music.

        Unless you’re willing to really let that “of all time” sink in. How can you even make such a claim, disregarding not only Barna, Bergman, Cai, Guo etc. but also dismissing all future players offhand?

        The GOAT game is a semantically unsound game played within the memory confines of a goldfish, so it seems to me.

        (And yes, I’m a big big Ma Long fan. Still!)
      1. Tony's Table Tennis's Avatar
        Quote Originally Posted by yoass View Post
        Yes, and 5 Seconds of Summer is the GOAT of popular music.

        Unless you’re willing to really let that “of all time” sink in. How can you even make such a claim, disregarding not only Barna, Bergman, Cai, Guo etc. but also dismissing all future players offhand?

        The GOAT game is a semantically unsound game played within the memory confines of a goldfish, so it seems to me.

        (And yes, I’m a big big Ma Long fan. Still!)
        with normal logic, I suggest one should just call - greatest of current generation

        because you can't compare generations equally and fairly

        Zeio might just come here and quote that Walder was just a protype for shake hand players
      1. Simas's Avatar
        Simas -
        Attachment 19533

        disclaimer: not my job, saw on instagram... but you get the point
      1. UpSideDownCarl's Avatar
        UpSideDownCarl -
        Quote Originally Posted by Simas View Post
        Attachment 19533

        disclaimer: not my job, saw on instagram... but you get the point
        When you play the game of thrones, you win or die! Was that your point? He does seem to look like Bran the Broken.
      1. Tinykin's Avatar
        Tinykin -
        Quote Originally Posted by yoass View Post
        .....The GOAT game is a semantically unsound game played within the memory confines of a goldfish, ,,,,,,,,,
        I must memorise this quote
      1. UpSideDownCarl's Avatar
        UpSideDownCarl -
        Quote Originally Posted by yoass View Post
        Yes, and 5 Seconds of Summer is the GOAT of popular music.

        Unless you’re willing to really let that “of all time” sink in. How can you even make such a claim, disregarding not only Barna, Bergman, Cai, Guo etc. but also dismissing all future players offhand?

        The GOAT game is a semantically unsound game played within the memory confines of a goldfish, so it seems to me.

        (And yes, I’m a big big Ma Long fan. Still!)
        Quote Originally Posted by Tinykin View Post
        I must memorise this quote
        That is a great post by yoass.
      1. Simas's Avatar
        Simas -
        Quote Originally Posted by UpSideDownCarl View Post
        When you play the game of thrones, you win or die! Was that your point? He does seem to look like Bran the Broken.
        by risking being banned from this forum I must confess I didn't see games of throne. (watched a couple of series some long long time ago, but wasn't "pulled in" into their universe, so started watching Breaking bad or smth... But it's in my bucket list anyway). I assume the picture means that finally he is the one who gets to sit in the throne, meaning he is the goat
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