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Koki Niwa equipment and playing style

Koki Niwa equipment and playing style.


Biography

Koki Niwa, born in October 10, 1994 in Tomakomai City, Hokkaido. He is a Japanese table tennis player who has won many titles and World Cups. He also won the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the team event.

Personal information

  • Born 10 October 1994, Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Playing style Left-handed, shakehand grip
  • Highest ranking 5 (Nov. 2017)
  • Club Kinoshita Meister Tokyo
  • Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
  • Weight 51 kg (112 lb)


Koki Niwa equipment

Koki Niwa’s equipment is from Victas.

Koki Niwa has changed his blade recently!

He is no longer using Victas Koki Niwa wood. He is now using Victas ZX Gear Out, an outercarbon blade! Perhaps he now needs more speed in his game, but then that means to sacrifice some of his spin and feeling at the same time.

Liam Pitchford has also used this blade before, and now Pitchford’s signature blade’s structure is also based on the ZX Gear Out blade.



Koki Niwa’s racket 2021

Koki Niwa is now using the Victas 90th Anniversary Koki Niwa All-wood Blade Now! He is also using the new blue-coloured V>15 extra on the backhand too!

Here is what Koki Niwa’s said in a recent interview: “I like to try new equipments. and I got sponsored by Victas, so of course I have to try it! Plus, I was not doing very good since the World Championships Finals, switching to the blade and the new coloured rubbers made me feel better!”

Koki Niwa’s equipment in 2020:

Blade: Victas Koki Niwa
Forehand Rubber: Victas V>15 Extra
Backhand Rubber: Victas Triple Double Extra

Yes, Koki Niwa changes his backhand rubber in 2021. The Double Extra version is the hardest version in the Victas Triple series. This rubber is made in China, and has a tacky surface, like DHS Hurricane.

Some may then ask, is Niwa’s backhand rubber harder than his forehand rubber? It is true that the V>15 Extra you get in the market is really softer than the Triple rubber. But the V>15 that Koki Niwa uses has a much harder sponge, rumor said that his V>15’s hardness is around 52.5 degree. So his backhand rubber is still softer than his forehand rubber.

Koki Niwa’s racket at 2019 Men’s World Cup!

Blade:Victas Koki Niwa Wood
Forehand/Baclhand: Victas V15 Extra


Koki Niwa playing style

Koki Niwa has a unique playing style, very creative and entertaining. Some players compare Koki Niwa with J.O. Waldner because Koki Niwa is using the blocking technique a lot.

Some players compared Koki Niwa to Xu Xin. They are both left hand players. And it’s very entertaining to watch Xu Xin and Koki Niwa playing.

Koki Niwa has an amazing and funny style
Koki Niwa has an amazing and funny style

He’s an offensive left-hand player who plays fast close to the table (front line). To compete with the huge Chinese players, he played “super-aggressively” up front. Niwa’s aggressive counter-plays are discharged from the power-oriented V>15 Extra with his good ball touch and exceptional serve talents like snappy backhand chiquita (backhand hand flick) with the best timing. Many players are affected by his quick attacking style.

Koki Niwa is famous with his chop block
Koki Niwa is famous with his chop block

The “Chop Block” returns the ball to the opponent’s topspin by backspinning and grabbing the diagonal back of the ball. Effective against opponents expecting Niwa’s counter spin.

Niwa’s calmness and cool appearance in important tournaments captivate admirers.

平成30年度全日本卓球選手権大会/男子シングルス5回戦 丹羽孝希VS岸川聖也

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About Koki Niwa

He started playing table tennis in elementary school at his father’s encouragement. At 11, he was the youngest Japan U18 player. In July 2007, he was rated 997th. In 2008 and 2009, he won bronze in doubles at the World Youth Championships with Kenta Matsudaira. Since 2009, he’s been active at the international senior level and played his first World Championships.

His backhand flick is very spinny
His backhand flick is very spinny

In 2010, he won the Japanese and Hungarian Opens and qualified for the Grand Final. With Kenta Matsudaira, he won the World Youth Doubles Championship. He entered the world’s top 100 for the first time at year’s conclusion. In 2010 and 2012, he won the men’s doubles medal at the Japan Championships and the men’s singles crown.

In 2011, he won the global youth title and his first Pro Tour prize, reaching the Japan Open semifinals.
On April 21, 2012, he beat world No. 1 Ma Long and became the first player to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in Asia. He also won bronze with the Japanese national team at the 2012 World Championships.

This year, he broke into the world’s top 20 and won silver in doubles with Seiya Kishikawa. Koki Niva first competed in solo competitions but retired in the first round. In 2013, he reached the 1/8 finals in singles and doubles partnering Matsudaira.

Koki Niwa is a left hand player
Koki Niwa is a left hand player

At the 2014 Russian Open, he won his first World Tour singles tournament. At the 2014 World Team Championships in Japan, he earned bronze and silver. Niva qualified for his first World Cup in 2015 after finishing 7th in the Asian Cup. He reached the quarterfinals in singles and mixed and won bronze in doubles.

Since 2016, he’s established doubles with Maharu Yoshimura. This year, he earned World Cup silver with the Japanese team and qualified for both the team and individual Olympic tournaments. There, he reached the singles quarterfinals and finished second.

Koki Niwa is a short distance attackinig style
Koki Niwa is a short distance attacking style

At the World Championships, he won bronze in doubles and, after beating Dimitrij Ovtcharov, reached the quarterfinals. As a result, he entered the top 10 of the world ranking. At the World Cup, he reached the quarterfinals, and in November he was ranked fifth, his best. At the 2018 World Cup, he was part of a Japanese team that was the defending champion but lost to England and South Korea and was eliminated without a medal.

As a part of the Japanese national team, he won a bronze medal at the team World Cup in 2019. He reached the quarterfinals in Budapest.


Koki Niwa and Xu Xin

Both Koki Niwa and Xu Xin are very entertainment to watch. They are both left hand players.

Koki Niwa and Xu Xin
Koki Niwa and Xu Xin


Koki Niwa at junior Japan championships

Koki Niwa also won several title at Japan All Table Tennis Championships.

YearvenueMen's singles Women's singles 
degreeWinnersecond placeWinnersecond place
1950SuwaOsamu TakeuchiKiyoji YamadaSetsuko KamiyaTokuko Taguchi
1951KyotoTakeshi SekiharaKeiichi YasudaSachiko KawaguchiReiko Ishihara
1952TokushimaNoboru SakamotoMasatoshi MatsumuraReiko IchiiTetsuko Matsuoka
1953TenriNoboru SakamotoMoriyasu KatoTaeko NambaTetsuko Matsuoka
1954YokosukaSeiji NaritaMinoru NamiokaKeiko KameiToshiko Harada
1955TokyoYoshiharu NakanishiYoshio ToyomakiYoshiko ShitaraMichiko Uchida
1956TokyoYoneda JudoToshisuke KomineSetsuko OgawaChizuru Nakayama
1957TokyoMasahiro WatanabeNobuyoshi TsunodaKiyoko FujiiTsukamoto
1958OmiyaEiji SegawaHaruo NakayamaTamiko YoshidaChizuru Nakayama
1959TokyoHiroaki OhashiSadao OtaNoriko YamanakaKatsuko Oiwa
1960TokyoNoboru ArimotoHiroyasu NakamuraNankaiko KurosakiSeiko Tamamoto
1961TokyoTakeshi NemuraYoji YoshidaNaoko FukatsuJunko Kishi
1962TokyoBaba SonokenNashimotoYoko TomitaToshiko Asaeda
1963TokyoKiyohiko IshiiMitsuru KonoYoko OshimaYoshie Sakamoto
1964TokyoMitsuru KonoChiaki BabaYoshie SakamotoMasuyama Toku
1965TokyoIsao NakamuraTakashi KitamuraYukie OzekiAtsuko Ogawa
1966NagoyaYukimitsu TakahashiHiroshi KiuchiShizuyo MurakamiYasuko Konno
1967NagoyaNorio KogaYamamoto SanjiYoko NakamuraMikogai Shizue
1968NagoyaHiromi MurakamiKoji HiuraMasae OzekiTazuko Abe
1969TokyoTakashi TamuraMitsunobu KanazawaSachiko YokotaHiroko Abe
1970IseToru KurodaMakoto YamadaEiko InokariTomie Edano
1971TokyoMasayuki KuzeHiroshi MatsuokaTsuneyo UchidaShigeno Takamura
1972NagoyaHiroyuki AbeHirotada FuruyaTsuneyo UchidaAkemi Aoki
1973TokyoSatoru AmanoTomoaki OkadaNoriko TakahashiFumiko Shinbo
1974TokyoMasao ShimizuKenichi SakamotoHitomi MatsudaKyoko Fukuda
1975TokyoMuramatsu ShingoKatsuji YamamotoKayoko KawahigashiTomoko Tamura
1976TokyoKimiaki TakenouchiKaihojinTomoko TamuraFumiko Ito
1977TokyoTadayuki YoshiuraShigezo HatsukaHiroko IwataYoshiko Sawada
1978TokyoKashin FukudaTakehiro WatanabeYoshiko KonishiMihoshi Ishibashi
1979TokyoKiyoshi SaitoToshio IshigakiYurie UrushioMieko Nohira
1980TokyoToshinori NojiriShigeo KawamotoNoriko FukudaMiho Shibuya
1981TokyoKenichi IkedaTaku TamuraJunko HosoyaMika Hoshino
1982TokyoTomoyuki KobayashiHiroshi ShibutaniMiki TachibanaMakiko Mori
1983TokyoKiyonobu IwasakiKoji MatsushitaAkiyo MuroshigeTomoko Shimonaga
1984TokyoMakoto ItoJunhiko KoizumiKyoko UchiyamaHiroe Yamaguchi
1985TokyoMasaya NishikawaMasami SakodaKyoko UchiyamaShizuka Matsuzaki
1986TokyoYoshio YajimaKoji IriyamaShizuko YoshidaAtsuko Okamura
1987TokyoTomohiko TokumuraTakeshi OgasawaraRika SatoNaoko Konuki
1988TokyoRyota HiraTomohiko TokumuraRika SatoNoriko Oba
1989TokyoYoji MorimotoKito AkiraMasayo KawaiAki Yokota
1990TokyoIchiro ImaedaKinjiro NakamuraMie OshimaNosue Yumi
1991TokyoKinjiro NakamuraIchiro ImaedaRika MatsuokaToshie Murakami
1992TokyoHirokazu MurakamiKoichi TakeyaYuka NishiiAyako Shiomi
1993TokyoRyo YuzawaShinya TsujimotoFumie KonoKeiko Okazaki
1994TokyoKoji SanadaShinnosuke KihoRie TsujimotoYuki Fujita
1995TokyoKoji SanadaTomoyuki OkajiMayu KawagoeAkiko Takeda
1996TokyoYuji TaniguchiMasayuki TakamatsuAkiko TakedaAn Konishi
1997TokyoToshinori YanagitaMuneaki MitamuraAn KonishiSanka Tanaka
1998TokyoMuneaki MitamuraToshinori YanagitaAi FujinumaAi Fukuhara
1999TokyoRyusuke SakamotoKishikawa IsseiHiroko FujiiReiko Hiura
2000NagoyaKenichi TakagiYusuke NakanoSayaka HiranoReiko Hiura
2001TokyoKenichi TakagiYuichi TokiyoshiAi FukuharaSanae Sugita
2002TokyoSeiya KishikawaYuichi TokiyoshiAi FukuharaMidori Ito
2003TokyoJun MizutaniYuichi YokoyamaAi FukuharaMayuko Okamoto
2004TokyoKazutaka TakagiJun MizutaniMiwako IshizukaTomomi Inoue
2005TokyoJun MizutaniKazutaka TakagiMoemi TeruiYuka Ishigaki
2006TokyoJun MizutaniKenji MatsudairaKasumi IshikawaTomoka Taguchi
2007TokyoKaito FujimotoTomoki KonishiKasumi IshikawaTomoka Taguchi
2008TokyoJin UedaKenta MatsudairaKasumi IshikawaTomoka Taguchi
2009TokyoKoki NiwaYuki HiranoKasumi IshikawaMisaki Morizono
2010TokyoKoki NiwaMasami YoshidaNatsumi MiyakeYuki Matsumoto
2011TokyoKoki NiwaMasami YoshidaAyuka TaniokaMiu Hirano
2012TokyoMasataka MorizonoKohei SambeShiho MatsudairaYui Hamamoto
2013TokyoKazuhiro YoshimuraSakai Tomorrow ShoMiyu KatoMiu Hirano
2014TokyoMizuki OikawaKohei SambeMima ItoHina Hayata
2015TokyoYuto KizukuriRyotaro OgataYui HamamotoHonoka Hashimoto
2016TokyoYuto KizukuriHaruki MiyamotoAsuka SasaoNagasaki Miyu
2017TokyoTomokazu HarimotoYukiya UdaNagasaki MiyuMaki Shiomi
2018OsakaJunsuke TogamiYukiya UdaAnka DezawaSatsuki Odo
2019OsakaRyoichi YoshiyamaTeru MatsushimaSatsuki OdoHaruna Oshio
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Lion Cup Japan Top 32-2022: Akira Yokotani vs Koki Niwa | MS Bronze match
横谷晟 vs 丹羽孝希|パリ五輪日本代表選考会 卓球2022 TOP32 男子シングルス3位決定戦

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Koki Niwa and Victas

Koki Niwa is sponsored by Victas. His equipment is also provided from Victas.

Koki Niwa is sponsored by Victas
Koki Niwa is sponsored by Victas


Koki Niwa career

All Japan Table Tennis Championship winner. In 2009, when he was in his second year of junior high, he competed in the World Championship (singles) in Yokohama, Japan. In 2011, he won the World Junior Championships as a Japanese player and helped the team win a bronze medal in 2012.

He won the first men’s singles at the All-Japan Championship in January 2013 and is now No. 1 in Japan. At the 2016 Olympics, he helped the Japanese team earn silver. He made quarterfinals in singles. Expectations rise for 2020. He achieved 3rd place in the 2019 Asian Cup by beating Tomokazu Harimoto.

Olympic Games

Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2016 Kuala Lumpur Team
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Dortmund Team
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Tokyo Team
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Suzhou Doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Düsseldorf Doubles

World Cup

Silver medal – second place 2018 London Team
Youth Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 Singapore Singles
Gold medal – first place 2010 Singapore Mixed Team

Asian Youth Games

Bronze medal – third place 2009 Singapore Singles

Asian Games

Bronze medal – third place 2010 Guangzhou Doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Guangzhou Team
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Incheon Doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Incheon Team

Asian Championships

Silver medal – second place 2009 Lucknow Team
Silver medal – second place 2012 Macau Team
Silver medal – second place 2013 Busan Mixed Doubles
Silver medal – second place 2013 Busan Team
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Lucknow Doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Busan Doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Wuxi Singles
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Wuxi Doubles


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