Originally posted by Blood On The Tracks
That may be true, but there is one table tennis/tennis link from the UK
Ann Jones was , I think, a runner up in the table tennis WC in the late 1950s, and later won Wimbledon Singles in lawn tennis.
Of course, one would not ignorantly assume that Serena might share this dual prowess
Fred Perry's the best example of an athlete who excelled at both tennis and table tennis.
He's most known for his tennis career. He also won the men's singles in the 1929 world championship in table tennis.
Ann Jones's father, Adrian Haydon, was once England's best table tennis player.
Ann Jones lost in the finals of the women's singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles
at the 1957 world championship in table tennis.
One should take note that these events took place before China competed at the world championships.
Speaking of international table tennis before the Chinese (or the earlier Japanese) participated
is like speaking of international chess without any participation by Soviet (or Russian) players.
Knowledgeable people have this general ranking of table tennis players:
1) Chinese who play for China.
2) Chinese who play for countries outside China.
3) The rest (particularly Japanese, Koreans, or some Europeans).
I expect that, given popular American stereotypes of the Chinese as 'racially inferior' in athletics,
ignorant Americans could vote (like Chaney3) to have Serena Williams declared as the
women's world champion in table tennis. But there's no reason to believe that Serena
Williams could become, even with serious training, a world class table tennis player.