Education: 12th grade
Coach(es): Stefan Feth, Zhen Shi Li, Zhang Li
Style of Play: Offense
Blade and Rubber: Timo Boll ALC, Tenergy 64
- 2016 US National and World Team Member
- 2015 World Junior Championships - Girls' Team Bronze Medalist
- 2015 North American Championships Women's & Girls' Team Champion
- 2015 US National, World & Junior Team Member
- 2014 World Junior Championships - Girls' Team Bronze Medalist
- 2014 North American Championships Girls' Team Champion
- 2014 US National & World Team Member
- 2013 US Women's Singles Finalist
- 2013 U.S. World and Junior Team Member
- 2012 US National Youth Champion
- 2012 U.S. National Junior Girls & Cadet Girls Team Member
- 2011 U.S. Nationals - Cadet Girls Singles Champion, Junior Girls Singles Semifinalist, 21 & Under Women's Singles Semifinalist
How were you introduced to table tennis:
My parents played Table Tennis at a club and watching them, I wanted to play also. For my 8th birthday they enrolled me in a 1 day TT camp. They realized that I really loved the sport and later enrolled me for private lessons along with camps.
Besides Table tennis, I love to ride bikes, run long distance, play basketball, read books and listen to music. I enjoy traveling to competitions and training around the world for Table Tennis.
Did You Know?
a dog named Shadow.
I love to make sandwiches and bake things.
I love Thai, Chinese, Maxican, Italian foods.
2 of my coaches are 4 times world champions and one of them was German National team member.
16-Year-Old Table Tennis Star is Youngest US Olympic Athlete at Rio
Joe Cheang/NBC Nightly News Aug. 03, 2016
Since table tennis became an Olympic sport in 1988, the U.S. has never brought home a medal. But in Rio, 16-year-old Kanak Jha just might be Team USA's best shot.
An Interview With Prachi Jha
Butterfly Table Tennis April 26, 2016
Get to know US National World Team member Prachi Jha.
2016 World Championships Highlights: Jiang Huajun vs Prachi Jha
ITTF Feb. 29, 2016
Relive all the Perfect 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships highlights from the Women’s Round 4 match between Hong Kong & USA featuring Jiang Huajun vs Prachi Jha.
Seeding for Perfect 2016 World Team Championships Announced
Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor Jan. 08, 2016
The Swaythling Cup and the Corbillon Cup at stake; China, the defending champions, occupies the top seeded positions in both the Men’s and Women’s events at the forthcoming Perfect 2016 World Team Championships.
Ten Out of Ten for United States, Once Again Surprise Semi-Finalists
Ian Marshall/ITTF Dec. 01, 2015
One year ago in Shanghai, against all expectations the United States, the no.10 seeds, clinched the bronze medal in the Girls’ Team event; the crucial contest being the last eight duel against Korea when a three-nil win was recorded.
Impressive on Opening Day; United States Causes Second Stage Upset
Ian Marshall/ITTF Nov. 30, 2015
Against the odds, the trio comprising Crystal Wang, Prachi Jha and Amy Wang, the no.10 seeds, overcame the Russian outfit formed by Maria Taylakova, Maria Malanina and Anastasia Kolish, the no.4 seeds.
Second Stage Places Secured, United States Trio Tested
Ian Marshall/ITTF Nov. 29, 2015
The win was vital to the hopes of the United States, earlier in the afternoon Tamara Pavcnik had been the key player for Slovenia in a three-one success against Canada.
United States Excelled in Shanghai, Repeat Success or Eyes Turn to Europe?
Ian Marshall/ITTF Nov. 29, 2015
One year ago at the World Junior Championships, the United States dented the stranglehold that Asia has possessed in the Girls’ Team events; a three-nil win quarter-final win over Korea, recorded by the trio comprising Prachi Jha, Crystal Wang and Lily Zhang, certainly raised the eyebrows.
2015 World Junior Table Tennis Championships
Sean O'Neill Nov. 29, 2015
Congratulation to Team USA for capturing a BRONZE medal at the 2015 World Junior Table Tennis Championships in Vendée, France.
Athletes of the Month - September
Sean O'Neill Oct. 07, 2015
Congrats to Lily Zhang, Timothy Wang and the Women's, Men's, Junior Boys' Team, and Girls' Team for their outstanding performances at the 2015 North American Championships.