Today the Women’s World Cup starts. This is the 22nd time in history that he World Cup is held and this time Canada will be hosting the tournament for the first time ever. Swedish participation over the years has been quite unusual. 1994 European Champion Marie Svensson played the tournament in 1996, in Hong Kong, which was the very first Women’s World Cup ever played, Marie Svensson reached the semifinal. Chinese ace Deng Yaping won. In 2012, Matilda Ekholm received the ITTF wild card and this year she will get her second chance in Women’s World Cup. Most likely all the players in the World Cup will show up for the LIEBHERR World Table Tennis Championships in Halmstad next year. 184 days to go! Photo: Linda Carlsson.