One of the more recent additions to the Olympics schedule has been table tennis. The sport, which is known as ping-pong to many, is a table game involving a lightweight ball which is hit over a net using rubber bats – a table version of tennis! It was created in England in the late 19th century as a parlour game and it travelled across the globe, proving particularly popular in China.
2021 Olympics Table Tennis
The continued popularity of the table tennis in China is shown by their dominance of the Olympics medal table – of the 32 golds won in the sport since 1988, 27 have gone to Chinese athletes.
A regular occurrence in the Olympics was a one-two-three for Chinese athletes which forced a change in qualification in 2012 – only two athletes per country were allowed to enter each competition, in part to ensure at least one medallist would come from another country.
At Rio 2016 Ma Long from China took the gold in the men’s singles and completed the career grand slam: Olympics, World Championships and World Cup. However, with compatriot Xu Xin topping the world rankings, it is not known whether Ma Long will defend his title. In the women’s singles, Rio gold medallist Ding Ning is likely to compete with Chinese team-mate Chen Meng for the top prize.
Betting on Table Tennis: strategy and tips
A tough betting conundrum with such domination by one country so game score odds should be closely analysed. The table tennis matches will be played over the best of seven games so if you’re going to bet on the Chinese athletes it might be advisable to take the scoreline bet: 4-0 for a sure bet or a 4-1/4-2 if you think their opponent may put up a fight.
With short-priced Chinese table tennis athletes likely to take both singles titles, Japan will provide greater competition in the team event and the new mixed doubles. The mixed doubles could prove the best bet for a non-Chinese gold and if there’s value in the Japan pair then it might be worth taking that bet.
Where to bet on table tennis in US?
Check legal US betting sites to see their deals for new and existing customers and what betting odds they’re offering on table tennis. Check on sportsbooks like Unibet, Fox Bet, Pointsbet, Bet365 NJ, William Hill. You can keep up to date with all the Olympics table tennis news on teamusa and you can catch up with live action on the olympicchannel and NBC.