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Jan-Ove Waldner may have retired from international competition, but during his career he was a formidable table tennis player capable of destroying any opponent on his day.

About.com Table Tennis forum member Sean P. O'Neill, a 2-time Olympian and 5-time US National Champion, has butted heads with Jan-Ove more than once, and has put together a blueprint for beating the Swedish maestro of ping-pong. While few of us will ever get the chance to step on the court against Waldner, it is fascinating to learn what an elite player such as Sean has to say about Waldner's game and what weaknesses there are to take advantage of, and how to go about exploiting them! Thank you for the insight Sean!

Table Tennis - Jan-Ove Waldner vs Liu Guoliang
Jan-Ove Waldner vs Liu Guoliang at the 2000 Olympic Games Photo by courtesy of the ITTF


May 4, 2008 at 3:56 am
(1) heldown says:

odd but the article doesnt mention why jo loses to ryu and also is funny because how many times have the author played to JO ?

November 26, 2008 at 6:46 am
(2) R.G. says:

who the [snip of profanity] is Sean?man,i’ve been whatched Waldner since ever..and the only reason that he loses in theese days is because HE IS GETTING OLD!!He’s not like when he had 25,he’s not that quicker.The only weak point of Waldner in table tennis it’s his age.

January 14, 2009 at 11:25 am
(3) Pedro Pingus says:

Yea, I’m down with Heldown.
Sean is a Taco.
He should of used that awesome bluprint on how to beat Waldner when he faced him, or has he ever played against J-O?
I got a blueprint on how to make a tortilla tossed salad.

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