Joola Player Spotlight

Lily Zhang

AKA #LIONHEARTLILY

She’s been making headlines since her decision to go pro a year ago. In 2019, she became the only American player to ever make it into the Semifinals at the Women’s World Cup, earning her the nickname Lionheart Lily.

Joola Player Spotlight

Lily Zhang

AKA #LIONHEARTLILY

She’s been making headlines since her decision to go pro a year ago. In 2019, she became the only American player to ever make it into the Semifinals at the Women’s World Cup, earning her the nickname Lionheart Lily.

Rapid Fire Questions with JOOLA’s Lily Zhang at the 2019 World Table Tennis Championships

Player Stats/Facts

CAREER

Date of Birth: 06/06/1996

Country: USA

Club: India Community Center

World Ranking: 28 (ITTF Feb. ’20)

Title(s):

  • 5x US National Champion (’12, ’14, ’16, ’17, ’19)
  • 2019 Women’s World Cup Semifinalist
  • 2019 Pan American Champion
  • 2019 US Open Champion
  • 2012, 2016 US Olympian
  • 2014 Youth Olympic Games Bronze Medalist

Years Playing: 17 years total, 1 year pro

STYLE & EQUIPMENT

Playing Style: Close-to-the-table attacker

Grip: Shakehand

Blade: JOOLA Nobilis PBO-C

Forehand Rubber: JOOLA Rhyzer Pro 50, Red, Max

Backhand Rubber: JOOLA Rhyzer Pro 50, Black, Max+

Read Lily’s article about her equipment journey here!

FUN FACTS

Birthplace: Palo Alto, CA

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin Chinese

College Major: Psychology

Favorite Food(s): Mom’s homemade dumplings + boba

Pets: 2 cats

Dream Vacation: Maldives

MORE ABOUT LILY’S BLADE

JOOLA Nobilis PBO-C Blade Review from Table Tennis Daily ft. Lily Zhang

ARTICLES BY LILY ZHANG

Learning to Cope with Our New Normal

Favorite

Chengdu Schools Table Tennis Program designed to protect the vision of its national sport

Already a looming giant in the world of table tennis, China furthers their grasp on their national sport with the approaching debut of a large-scale program designed to partner local schools with the Sichuan Table Tennis Association. Expected to officially launch in November 2019, the program will first plant its roots in Chengdu, China, home of the famous panda bears and mouthwatering spicy foods.

Mindfulness, Positivity, Gratefulness and Every Other Cliché Thing to Practice by Lily Zhang

4 golds under my belt… Women’s Teams, Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. On paper, this was the perfect ending to cap off my tournament at the 2019 Pan American Championships. But, how did I actually get this point?

SHOP LILY’S FAVORITES