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I was especially excited to play in the World Championships, March 25 – April 1, 2012, for a few reasons. First of all, this year was the World Team Championships, which meant that all matches would be played in a team format (three of our players would battle against three players from another country in our division). I would definitely say that it’s a lot easier to play against some of the best players in the world while having your friends and teammates behind you and supporting you each and every point rather than playing alone.
I was so excited because this was the first time that I’ve been on Team USA along with my close friends in the table tennis world, not to mention that all of us were born and raised in the United States. The other special thing about this year’s competition was the location. The tournament was held in Dortmund, Germany, which meant that tons of spectators would come support the event. It seems as if a new generation is taking over the table tennis scene in the United States and I’m happy to be a part of it.
Because of our team’s overall world ranking, we were placed in the third division (out of a possible five). Overall, we played some great matches and finished fifth in our division. Unfortunately, we didn’t place high enough to move up into the second division, but we all gained tons of experience and had a great deal of fun.