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  1. It's hard to say. I don't think the Continental...

    It's hard to say. I don't think the Continental advantage is that insurmountable. Already we've seen in the Contender Doha event that WR#8-#13 got knocked out early even before the QF. I can see...
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  2. Another monkey in the wrench to consider is that...

    Another monkey in the wrench to consider is that the Initial Points is currently set at 20% the December 2020 points but will be revised lower and the temporary 16 month window (normally 12 month) is...
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  3. Adriana Diaz is obviously a very good player as...

    Adriana Diaz is obviously a very good player as are Kasumi (#7), DHK (#8), FTW (#9), but staying in the top 10 for them is next to impossible if China continues to play players like CXT, LSW, Kuai...
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  4. I'm not so sure it's true that Mima Ito would...

    I'm not so sure it's true that Mima Ito would struggle to be in top 10 even with all Chinese. Outside of China's top 4, it's not clear she would necessarily lose to the others. If you go on ITTF's...
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  5. Grand Smashes are similar to Tennis' Grand Slams....

    Grand Smashes are similar to Tennis' Grand Slams. Those are the most important tournaments of the year. The "next best" refers to next after the WTT Champions. In the WTT Series, the top is the...
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  6. From...

    From https://worldtabletennis.com/eventInfo?selectedTab=Overview&eventId=2536 , if you scroll down a bit, the Official Ball sponsor is Double Fish. I only watched his match with Uda, and he seemed...
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  7. I didn't get to watch the the Uda/LJH match, but...

    I didn't get to watch the the Uda/LJH match, but what a tournament for Uda. He's into the QF and has a legitimate shot at a SF at a Grand Slam. Now if he could just meet Togami in the finals of the...
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  8. Maybe MH should have a built in agreement with...

    Maybe MH should have a built in agreement with her coach that if she get's up 10-8 with the serve against any of the top Chinese just call timeout. Exact same thing happened in her match with CM. ...
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  9. As a fan, I love the corner angle like it was at...

    As a fan, I love the corner angle like it was at the 2022 WTT Contender Muscaut Open. I dislike the side view except for perhaps the occasional shot just to have a different perspective.

    However,...
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  10. Showcase Table 1 is side angle. Tables 2,3,4 are...

    Showcase Table 1 is side angle. Tables 2,3,4 are corner angle. I am guessing that side view is more attractive for sponsors as it's easier to view their logos.
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  11. I have to give credit to ITTF/WTT on this one. ...

    I have to give credit to ITTF/WTT on this one. They've already uploaded the entire live stream for tables 2,3, 4. I know it's long form, but for me, I just use the right arrow to skip to the...
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  12. Yes, it's hard to find enough sponsors to come up...

    Yes, it's hard to find enough sponsors to come up with $2 million. I'm speculating WTT recent appointment of Ai Fukuhara as WTT Japan General Manager was in hopes of having a Grand Smash in Japan. ...
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  13. Yes, the goal is to have 4 Grand Smashes per year...

    Yes, the goal is to have 4 Grand Smashes per year similar to how tennis has 4 Slams. The hope of the ITTF is that the players and fans will value the Smashes like they do the Olympics, WTTC, WC and...
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  14. It's a bit strange, but as host nation, Singapore...

    It's a bit strange, but as host nation, Singapore is allowed up to 10 additional wildcards per gender. Not sure how LSD was chosen for main draw, but I guess that's what they've decided. See the...
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  15. He was given a wildcard as was Xiang Peng, He...

    He was given a wildcard as was Xiang Peng, He Zhuojia, and Kuai Man.
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  16. I agree with apacible who started one the...

    I agree with apacible who started one the greatest threads ever at TTD (Japan women's race to Tokyo 2020).

    @zeio, if you're still lurking on this forum, you were a huge contributor to the success...
  17. Yes, she beat her the 1st time at the 2019 Japan...

    Yes, she beat her the 1st time at the 2019 Japan Open where she turned 17 during the tournament and then the 2nd time at the 2019 Swedish Open. And to beat Zhu Yuling as you noted twice at such a...
  18. Camera angle is great!

    Camera angle is great!
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  19. Paris 2024 Selection Points from this 1st...

    Paris 2024 Selection Points from this 1st tournament:

    Women's final ranking
    1st place Hina Hayata 50P
    2nd place Nagasaki Miyu 45P
    3rd place Miyuu Kihara 40P
    4th place Hitomi...
  20. I wonder if ZYL is retired (or forced to retire)...

    I wonder if ZYL is retired (or forced to retire) from international play. She's technically ranked one spot higher than LSW, but LSW was chosen instead of her to attend the Singapore Smash.
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  21. Thanks. This 1st tournament has already proven...

    Thanks. This 1st tournament has already proven JTTA correct in their decision.

    I was asleep so didn't get to watch the Hayata/Nagasaki match live so just checked out the score line and watch...
  22. Mizuki Oikawa beats Koki Niwa to advance to the...

    Mizuki Oikawa beats Koki Niwa to advance to the Finals to meet Harimoto..

    Miyu Nagasaki wins 4-0 over Hitomi Sato to advance to the Finals to meet Hina Hayata who beat Miyuu Kihara. 4-2. The...
  23. No problem. I find video/photos of the Miyus...

    No problem. I find video/photos of the Miyus hugging and smiling to be therapeutic considering the madness that's going on in the world right now.

    Semi-finals are coming up in a little over an...
  24. This tournament also has implications for...

    This tournament also has implications for selection to the 2022 World Teams Championship team. Mima Ito (Olympic Bronze Singles) and Hina Hayata (All Japan Champion) were already selected. I believe...
  25. Both Togami and Uda knocked out. Incredible...

    Both Togami and Uda knocked out.

    Incredible win for Miyu Nagasaki over Mima Ito. She's had trouble in the past with a slow recovery after forehand but seems to have fixed it. She still needs to...
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