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TableTennisDaily
08-22-2017, 11:18 PM
The World Tour circuit now moves onto the Czech Open. Last weekend saw Dimitrij Ovtcharov take the title defeating Kenta Matsudaira in the Bulgarian Open final. Ovtcharov has not entered the Czech Open, his team mate Timo Boll has entered as the number 1 seed. We have a lot to look forward to this week, the Czech Open is an unpredictable open event with a new ball system called 'Multi Ball's being used for the first time in a world tour series. This is where an umpire can throw more balls to a player during the match to save time picking up the previous ball, this is to speed up play and hope to make table tennis more appealing to TV viewers. This method has been adopted in the Chinese Super league, lets see how it shapes up in the World Tour this week! The prestigious tournament will take place in Olomouc and begins on the 22nd August and concludes on the 27th August.

Total number of entries so far is: 274

Main Draw

Men's Singles (http://www.old.ittf.com/competitions/test/matches_per_round1.asp?s_Event_Type=MS&rnd=32&Competition_ID=2734&Event_Type=&ID=&Rnd=&)
Women's Singles (http://www.old.ittf.com/competitions/test/matches_per_round1.asp?s_Event_Type=WS&rnd=32&Competition_ID=2734&Event_Type=&ID=&Rnd=&)
Men's Doubles (http://www.old.ittf.com/competitions/test/matches_per_round1.asp?s_Event_Type=MD&rnd=16&Competition_ID=2734&Event_Type=&ID=&Rnd=&)
Women's Doubles (http://www.old.ittf.com/competitions/test/matches_per_round1.asp?s_Event_Type=WD&rnd=16&Competition_ID=2734&Event_Type=&ID=&Rnd=&)

Qualification Day Schedule (http://www.old.ittf.com/competitions/test/matches_of_today.asp?Competition_ID=2734&P_Assc=&Parameter6=&date_from=08%2F23%2F2017&date_to=08%2F23%2F2017&table_from=1&table_to=19&Formrnd64_Page=1#rnd64)


Germany's Timo Boll, has entered the Czech Open as the #1 seed.

https://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/images/timoboll2017czechopen.jpg
Timo Boll the no.1 seed - Photo by: ITTF Flickr


Men's Singles Seeds

https://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/images/harimoto2017czechopen.jpg
Japan's Harimoto enters the Czech Open as the #4 seed - Photo by: ITTF Flickr

01) Timo Boll
02) Kenta Matsudaira
03) Simon Gauzy
04) Tomokazu Harimoto
05) Ruwen Filus
06) Stefan Fegerl
07) Kristian Karlsson
08) Emmanuel Lebesson
09) Hugo Calderano
10) Kou Lei
11) Yuto Muramatsu
12) Tiago Apolonia
13) Bastian Steger
14) Jonathan Groth
15) Maharu Yoshimura
16) Tomas Konecny


Women Singles Seeds

http://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/images/1kasumiishikawa2017czecg.jpg
Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa enters the Czech Open as the #1 seed - Photo by: ITTF Flickr

01) Kasumi Ishikawa
02) Han Ying
03) Mima Ito
04) Hitomi Sato
05) Monoka Hashimoto
06) Petrissa SOolja
07) Elizabeta Samara
08) Sakura Mori
09) Hina Hayata
10) Georgina Pota
11) Miyu Kato
12) Matilda Ekholm
13) Yui Hamamoto
14) Sofia Polcanova
15) Maki Shiomi
16) Iveta Vacenovska


For full player entries click here. (http://www.old.ittf.com/ittf_tournaments/ittf_entries_web5.asp?Gender=M&Tour_ID=2734&)

With the Chinese not participating, the tournament is pretty open! Everyone can beat each other in the top 5 line up! In form number 2 seed Kenta will look to maintain momentum from the recent Bulgaria Open. Timo Boll recently reached the final of the China Open and will be looking to take the title. Simon Gauzy will look to go all the way. Japanese sensation Harimoto who recently turned 14 years of age has entered as the number 4 seed and will not go down without a strong fight. Filus, Kristian Karlsson, Stefan and Hugo make up the next lot of seeds! A lot of look forward to peeps!

A fantastic event to follow, be sure to get involved on the TTD discussions and join us in the live chat in the ITTF Live Streaming!

We can use this thread as a means to display all the latest results, videos and news from this spectacular World Tour event! What are your predictions from each event.

TTHopeful
08-23-2017, 07:21 AM
Lets hope Timo doesn't withdraw. Has he arrived in Czech anyone?

PolishTT17
08-23-2017, 07:34 AM
Pretty good lineup with the European top players. Ok no Ovtcharov but I think he just doesn't want to play again vs. Timo again :D But all in all an interesting seeding of players. My vote goes to Timo. Hugo Calderano seems to be in a good shape in the past week. Won in the German league both games against Filus and Wang Xi. Maybe he can keep going!

AnnaFan
08-23-2017, 07:41 AM
I hope Kenta Matsudaira win the Czech Open, he is my favourite. I know Timo Boll is the leader and he have the biggest chance to be Champion in Czech. Good luck

WorkerBee
08-23-2017, 09:21 PM
So happy to see Tomo doing well after the injury. Anyone notice that it's Tomo v. 2.0, i.e. much less yelling. I actually missed it.
https://tv.ittf.com/video/kizukuri-yuto-harimoto-tomokazu-carvalho-diogo-geraldo-joao/952671

Suga D
08-24-2017, 09:16 AM
Can Akkuzu has won the U21 competition. :-) Nina Mittelham came in second in U21, winner is Adriana Diaz.
Congrats.
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Sali
08-24-2017, 11:20 AM
Timo's form recently is quite good. The other thing is experience he has - it helps him a lot especially with young players like Harimoto. Of course Simon Gauzy has his chance and Kenta but still it would be a surprise if they defeat Timo.
Chinese are rather quite poor this time, so I do not think any of them reaches next round.

fxri
08-24-2017, 11:34 AM
really hope harimoto will meet timo in the final

Sent from Nokia 3310

WorkerBee
08-24-2017, 06:18 PM
Timo vs. Tomo. I like it.

Ilia Minkin
08-24-2017, 06:24 PM
Go Ruwen Filus!

Suga D
08-25-2017, 03:04 PM
Nailbiting thriller at Timo´s table....

.... and he´s done it again. Nice comeback after being already down 1:3

Garrison
08-25-2017, 03:08 PM
Boll played really well the last sets! Nice!

ajtatosmano2
08-25-2017, 03:54 PM
I don't know about the recent matches, but I vote for Ueda.
EDIT: I've forgot about Harimoto.

PolishTT17
08-25-2017, 04:33 PM
Nice comeback from Timo! But seriously guys... This serves from Xue Fei are so false... I can't get it that the referees aren't judging that!

Garrison
08-26-2017, 07:27 AM
Nice comeback from Timo! But seriously guys... This serves from Xue Fei are so false... I can't get it that the referees aren't judging that!

He does literally everything wrong! The height, the open palm, throwing it backwards and hiding it with his body...

TableTennisDaily
08-26-2017, 08:09 AM
Men's Singles Last 16 Results

Timo Boll 4-3 Xue Fei
Par Gerell 4-3 Ruwen Filus

Emmanuel Lebesson 4-3 Anton Kallberg
Bastian Steger 3-4 Ueda Jin

Tomokazu Harimoto 4-2 Mahuru Yoshimura
Tristan Flore 3-4 Kristian Karlsson

Fang Yinchi 0-4 Lin Yun Ju
Hugo Calderano 4-3 Kenta Matsudaira

TableTennisDaily
08-26-2017, 08:10 AM
Men's Singles Quarter Final Draw

Timo Boll vs Par Gerell

Emmanuel Lebesson vs Ueda Jin

Tomokazu Harimoto vs Kristian Karlsson

Lin Yun Ju vs Hugo Calderano

TTLondon2012
08-26-2017, 08:13 AM
Last 16 Matches

Timo Boll vs Xue Fei


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4lfyGkSqi4

Tomokazu Harimoto vs Maharu Yoshimura


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGfp-Wwarr4

Sali
08-26-2017, 08:39 AM
Ishikawa is using hurricane ???

PolishTT17
08-26-2017, 08:43 AM
Ishikawa is using hurricane ???

Yep :D

Dan
08-26-2017, 02:39 PM
Anyone having trouble logging into the ittf website to watch the streams, or is it just me? :D

JesperStef
08-26-2017, 02:48 PM
Anyone having trouble logging into the ittf website to watch the streams, or is it just me? :D

No, it's not just you ☹️

Hamasaki_Fanz
08-26-2017, 03:01 PM
stupid ittf

yoass
08-26-2017, 03:53 PM
Saw the Boll-Gerell match summary, and boy can Par Gerell serve, and boy that unforced errorfest. Timo head and shoulders the master, apparently.

Ilia Minkin
08-26-2017, 03:57 PM
The kid from Taiwan is just amazing. A total opposite of Harimoto: cool as ice, no yelling, no emotions. I was rooting out of my chair for Karlsson to beat Harimoto, but no :(

Xylit
08-26-2017, 06:30 PM
Timo Boll vs Emmanuel Lebesson live right now:
https://tv.ittf.com/livestream/czech-open-table-1/897520

This will be a great match :)

WorkerBee
08-26-2017, 07:58 PM
Czech Open final tomorrow: Timo vs Tomo.

Prague 13:40 (12:40 London, 7:40 New York)

https://tv.ittf.com/livestream/czech-open-table-1/897524

TTHopeful
08-26-2017, 11:15 PM
Harimoto to win the whole thing?? Surely not.........

drunix80
08-27-2017, 05:02 AM
Go Harimoto. Its time to challenge the world order

Garrison
08-27-2017, 09:53 AM
Timo looks sharp, I doubt Tomo can beat him in good form yet

Garrison
08-27-2017, 12:20 PM
Lot of "unforced" errors by Timo in the first.

ttmonster
08-27-2017, 12:26 PM
1-1 ... this is exciting stuff !

Garrison
08-27-2017, 12:33 PM
Vintage boll!

ttmonster
08-27-2017, 12:34 PM
Awesome hustle from timo at the end of game 3 ... the strategy seems to be go to Tomahawk's body and then wide , preferably to the backhand if it does not work then open the other wing ..

Jaffar Lone
08-27-2017, 12:50 PM
looks like TH will win the final.. 3-2 up.. he seems to have figured out boll's strategy quite well.

Garrison
08-27-2017, 12:59 PM
Harimoto did it. Wow. WP

WorkerBee
08-27-2017, 01:01 PM
Tomo used the National coach this time, very smart move.

Jaffar Lone
08-27-2017, 01:01 PM
He deserved the title.. played several 7 game matches to reach the final and Boll i thought played a bit passive in the 6th game.. should've taken both points when it was 8-8.. anyways well played both players.

Harimoto did it. Wow. WP

TTHopeful
08-27-2017, 01:02 PM
What a game this is turning into! Come on young Harimoto

ttmonster
08-27-2017, 01:02 PM
Tomo beats Timo ! wonderful show of spirit from the kid , I think that nail biter semifinal gave him extra belief ... one thing I observed that mentally he has matured after T2 APC .... does not give up till the end ... this kid is slowly becoming threat to the top ... its very exciting to see how he keeps improving by leaps and bounds ...very very impressive !

TableTennisDaily
08-27-2017, 01:11 PM
UNBELIEVABLE SCENES! 14 year old wonder kid Tomokazu Harimoto has just eliminated Timo Boll to secure the Czech Open Title!

https://www.tabletennisdaily.co.uk/forum/images/harimotoczechopenchampion2017.jpg

drunix80
08-27-2017, 01:11 PM
TH got close to topple Boll in T2 APAC when he got injured. But this time, he came out on top. Well done kid. Next target - CNT !!!

TTHopeful
08-27-2017, 01:23 PM
Well done Harimoto!!! Now can he defeat the Chinese?

Who has Harimoto defeated now? Timo, Samsonov, Mizutani...

Takkyu_wa_inochi
08-27-2017, 01:25 PM
Well done Harimoto!!! Now can he defeat the Chinese?

Who has Harimoto defeated now? Timo, Samsonov, Mizutani...

only Ovtcharov missing among top non-Chinese players

WorkerBee
08-27-2017, 01:29 PM
All Tomo has now is Dima and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse...
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fxri
08-27-2017, 04:47 PM
congratulation harimoto, and very well fight by timo boll as usual.

i think we will see custom blade from butterfly like "harimoto spirit", "harimoto alc", or "harimoto super zlc" very soon :D

TableTennisDaily
08-27-2017, 04:58 PM
Finals

Timo Boll vs Tomokazu Harimoto


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xv5hOR-9So


Mima Ito vs Kasumi Ishikawa


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJgxw9XWWgE&t=26s



Semi Finals

Timo Boll vs Emmanuel Lebesson


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XPhc6Jz98c


Tomokazu Harimoto vs Hugo Calderano


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFd762kFvtc

ttmonster
08-27-2017, 05:01 PM
Yes , mima ito beating Kasumi was 4-1 was also quite a big upset ... which might get lost in the Tomahawk Cruise Missile frenzy !

darucla
08-27-2017, 06:26 PM
I was very impressed with Ito. She has really opened up her game,much more versatile. Much more/better use of the forehand to her great advantage.

ttpshot
08-28-2017, 02:45 AM
It was great to see Harimoto winning as well as Calderano and Lin performing nicely. New world order is definitely around the corner... still waiting for the European prodigy to emerge though!!

Suga D
08-28-2017, 07:53 AM
... still waiting for the European prodigy to emerge though!!

Now who would that be? Anyone in sight?

Dyjas?? Groth?? Duda?? Walther?? Qiu?? Akkuzu?? Gauzy?? Pitchford?? Walker??

I don't know... Can't see one of them seriously challenging CNT players. But maybe i'm all wrong.

drunix80
08-28-2017, 09:35 AM
I was very impressed with Ito. She has really opened up her game,much more versatile. Much more/better use of the forehand to her great advantage.

Needless to mention she has a monster BH

drunix80
08-28-2017, 11:52 AM
Now who would that be? Anyone in sight?

Dyjas?? Groth?? Duda?? Walther?? Qiu?? Akkuzu?? Gauzy?? Pitchford?? Walker??

I don't know... Can't see one of them seriously challenging CNT players. But maybe i'm all wrong.

Europeans can take heart from the fact that none of the Asian youngsters apart from Harimoto has been able to make recent breakthroughs in the world order. Wang Chuqin or Xu Fei etc are not in the same league yet.


I must admit I really liked Gerassimenko Kirill . Not sure we can consider him a prodigy but he sure has the talent to make it big. Don't know much about him but he put up an amazing fight against Harimoto. Check this awesome point from Kirill vs Harimoto:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5rLD7zVUmQ#t=11m05s

ttmonster
08-28-2017, 11:57 AM
The kid is good ... and that point is awesome ... but you have to admit this is surprising thing about Harimoto, even though he has made major breakthroughs in the men's top 10, things remain more competitive at his age level , that is more than you would expect. This was the case when he first beat a top 100 player , I remember him not winning his age group matches simultaneously ....I think there are aspects of his game which can be countered at his age level more than it can be done by adult players , especially the speed part of it , and I mean staying close to the table and taking everything off the bounce .. you could clearly see the conscious effort from Timo to try and stay a little back so that he could have more chances to overcome Harimoto with power and spin and changes of speed from there ...

Europeans can take heart from the fact that none of the Asian youngsters apart from Harimoto has been able to make recent breakthroughs in the world order. Wang Chuqin or Xu Fei etc are not in the same league yet.


I must admit I really liked Gerassimenko Kirill . Not sure we can consider him a prodigy but he sure has the talent to make it big. Don't know much about him but he put up an amazing fight against Harimoto. Check this awesome point from Kirill vs Harimoto:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5rLD7zVUmQ#t=11m05s

yoass
08-28-2017, 12:28 PM
I must admit I really liked Gerassimenko Kirill . Not sure we can consider him a prodigy but he sure has the talent to make it big. Don't know much about him but he put up an amazing fight against Harimoto.

So did Kristian Karlsson. In both games, the result might well have turned out differently. But that's the true mark of the champion — to finish first anyway in equal races.

WorkerBee
08-28-2017, 02:53 PM
...I must admit I really liked Gerassimenko Kirill . Not sure we can consider him a prodigy but he sure has the talent to make it big. Don't know much about him but he put up an amazing fight against Harimoto...
I love how Kirill plays too. What is going on in Kazahkstan? Kirill and the singer Dimash. Wow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m41Kafa14ro

zoomtt
08-31-2017, 10:38 PM
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I thought that it would be a great idea to compare Boll - Harimoto's match with their previous at the China Open.

Here you have the link to it in case you want to give it a read! As always, thank you for the feedback, it's very appreciated!!

https://zoomtt.com/2017/09/01/boll-harimoto-the-kids-revenge/

Garrison
08-31-2017, 11:16 PM
That was very interesting to read, thanks for the effort!

CroneOne
08-31-2017, 11:56 PM
Wow that's a really cool statistical breakdown. I will be looking for
your next one on the next major tournament. Thanks for that.


14108

I thought that it would be a great idea to compare Boll - Harimoto's match with their previous at the China Open.

Here you have the link to it in case you want to give it a read! As always, thank you for the feedback, it's very appreciated!!

https://zoomtt.com/2017/09/01/boll-harimoto-the-kids-revenge/

Michal_Z
10-02-2017, 09:09 AM
I add two matches I got on tape ;)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSVCH91BfM


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4--hI5ZOc8