|Full name POPOVA Valentina||Name Valentina Popova|
Role Table tennis
Nationality Soviet Union Slovakia
Valentina Ivanovna Popova (Russian: Валентина Ивановна Попова) (born 21 November 1960 in Sumgait) is a former Soviet, and then Slovak, table tennis player. From 1976 to 1994, she won several medals at the Table Tennis European Championships. At the European Championships in 1984, she won all four possible gold medals (singles, team (USSR), doubles (with Narine Antonyan), and mixed doubles (with Jacques Secretin), becoming the second ever absolute European women table tennis champion (Zoja Rudnova was the first one to do that in 1970).
She is a multiple USSR National champion - six times in singles, five times in doubles, and three times in mixed doubles.