Michael Maze
Michael Maze is a male table tennis
Table tennis
Table tennis, also known as ping-pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight, hollow ball back and forth using table tennis rackets. The game takes place on a hard table divided by a net...

 player from Faxe
Faxe or Fakse is a town in Denmark in Region Sjælland on the island of Zealand.Before the Danish Kommunalreformen , Fakse was also a municipality...

, Denmark
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. He normally plays both in the men's singles and in men's doubles. As of 2005, he is one of the top five left-handed
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 players in the world. His strength is in his strong forehand loop and lobbing. He is considered to be one of the best, if not the best, defensive lobbers in the world right now. His strong forehand loop, his forehand pendulum serve, and his confident defensive play away from the table makes him a solid all-around player.


Maze won the Europe Top 12 tournament in Frankfurt am Main in February 2004 and won the European Junior Championship in both singles and doubles. He reached the quarter finals in the European Championship for seniors in both series in 2003 playing doubles with Finn Tugwell
Finn Tugwell
Finn Tugwell is a Danish table tennis professional. He pairs up with Danish Michael Maze in doubles, with whom he won the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics, beating the Russian pair Dmitry Mazunov/Alexey Smirnov....

. Tugwell and Maze participated as partners at the 2000 Summer Olympics
2000 Summer Olympics
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 where they reached the quarter finals. Maze participated both in men's singles and men's doubles in Table tennis at the 2004 Summer Olympics
Table tennis at the 2004 Summer Olympics
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. Maze lost his first match in men's singles but won bronze with his partner Finn Tugwell.

Maze's latest achievement was in reaching the semi finals of the 2005 world championship that took place in Shanghai, China, in which he was defeated by the home favorite, Ma Lin, in a swift 4-0 match.
Nevertheless, he has managed to put up a memorable performance in the quarter finals of the competition, coming back from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3 against another Chinese player, Hao Shuai, saving 3 match points; as well as in the previous match, a win against 2004 Olympics Men's singles silver medallist Wang Hao
Wang Hao (table tennis)
Wáng Hào is a Chinese table tennis player. He became the World Champion in Men's Singles in Yokohama, Japan in May 2009, defeating 3-time World Champion Wang Liqin 4-0. Other notable accomplishments are the 3-time World Cup Champion in 2007, 2008 and 2010, Singles Silver medalist at the 2004...

, again from the host nations.

Michael Maze won the prize "BT Gold" as the biggest Danish sportperson in 2005.

Michael Maze won European bronze in single in 2007.

In 2009, Maze had reached the quarter finals of 2009 World Table Tennis Championships
2009 World Table Tennis Championships
The 2009 H.I.S. World Table Tennis Championships were held in Yokohama, Japan, from 28 April to 5 May 2009. The Chinese team dominated the competition, following their sweep of the gold medals in table tennis at the 2008 Summer Olympics...

, held in Yokohama
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, Japan
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. He was the only Europe
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an player to achieve the quarters, beating Greek
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 player Panagiotis Gionnis at last 16 Round.

On September 20, 2009 he defeated Werner Schlager
Werner Schlager
Werner Schlager is a former world champion table tennis player from Austria.-Career:Schlager began playing table tennis when he was six years old, learning from his father and brother who were also top Austrian players, making them ideal training partners...

 in the final of the European Championships held in Stuttgart
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, Germany
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 after defeating the German favorite Timo Boll
Timo Boll
Timo Boll is a German professional table tennis player who currently plays with Borussia Düsseldorf and is the German No.1 of the German Table Tennis National League...

in the semis.


Maze currently uses a Butterfly Timo Boll Spirit Blade with Butterfly Bryce Speed on both sides
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