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      Hungarian Open 2018

      Here we go guys! The first World Tour of 2018 is about to commence, the Hungarian Open! The lineup looks tasty with Fan Zhendong, Chuang Chih Yuan, OmarAssar, Hugo Calderano and Ruwen Filus filling the top 5 seeds. The event takes place on the 16th January and concludes on the 21st.

      Main Draw

      Men's Singles
      Women's Singles

      Main Draw coming soon...

      Live matches from the Hungarian Open can be watched on the ITTF Live Streaming here.


      Men's Singles Seeds

      China's Fan Zhendong, the World #2 has entered as as the #1 seed.


      Fan Zhendong no.1 seed - Photo by: ITTF Flickr

      01) Fan Zhendong
      02) Chuang Chih Yuan
      03) Omar Assar
      04) Hugo Calderano
      05) Ruwen Filus
      06) Kristian Karlsson
      07) Chen Chien An
      08) Vladimir Samsonov
      09) Emmanuel Lebesson
      10) Ricardo Walther
      11) Mattias Karlsson
      12) Kou Lei
      13) Jonathan Groth
      14) Alvaro Robles
      15) Paul Drinkhall
      16) Tiago Apolonia
      17) Cedric Nuytinck
      18) Patrick Franziska
      19) Liao Cheng-Ting


      Women Singles Seeds


      Chen Meng enters the Hungarian Open as the #1 seed - Photo by: ITTF Flickr

      01) Chen Meng
      02) Lee Ho Ching
      03) Doo Hoi Kem
      04) Li Jie
      05) Chen Szu-Yu
      06) Wang Manyu
      07) Georgina Pota
      08) Sofia Polcanova
      09) Chen Xingtong
      10) Matilda Ekholm
      11) Zeng Jian ^^
      12) Soo Wai Yam Minnie
      13) Gu Yuting
      14) Zhang Mo
      15) Yui Hamamoto
      16) Yu Fu ^
      17) Li Qian
      18) Dina Meshref
      19) Liu Jia
      20) Bernadette Szocs

      Full list of player entries.


      A fantastic event to follow, be sure to get involved on the TTD discussions.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.

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      Go FZD. You are my man for Hungary !!!!

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      At first I thought FZD will be the only Chinese player, but there will also be Liu Dingshuo, Xue Fei, Wang Chuqin, Xu Chenhao and Yu Ziyang. Will FZD drop a set on the way to the title?

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      Pretty great playing right now. Sure wish the audio people would put a filter on the chair mic so we don't hear the ref foot tapping on the chair.

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      Its sad to see ITTF enforcing these new rules, but then they also restrict entry of max 6 players per country.
      With strong tt countries like China, Gu Yuting and Chen Ke are not allowed to play..... for them to play, then two of the top 6 must make away (thus hurting world ranking points etc)

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      According to the 2018 ITTF World Tour Directives and SSI, we have to limit the number of entries to 290
      For the ITTF World Tour: An association can enter a maximum of:
      Men and Women Singles: 6 players per Association (each gender) / 12 players for the Host Association (each gender)
      Men and Women Doubles: 2 pairs or 4 players per Association (each gender) / 3 pairs or 6 players for the Host Association (each gender)
      U21 Men and Women Singles: 4 players per Association (each gender)

      Base on this - China will never have many players in the top 20 or 30 as like before, as simply for the best 10 players to take part in 8 events and all gaining enough (should they not knock each other out in the qualification or early rounds) points to feature high up on the world ranking and almost mathematically impossible to achieve


      Also, cost/prize factor has not improved....
      Costs:
      1) accreditation fee: 150 Euro
      2) accommodation (single room) 145 Euro x 6 nights+/- = 870 euro
      3) assuming player walked to the venue so not transport costs.
      Total: 1020 euro

      prize money to break even:
      R16 singles: 1100 euro
      makes 80 euro
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      Quote Originally Posted by Tony's Table Tennis View Post
      Its sad to see ITTF enforcing these new rules, but then they also restrict entry of max 6 players per country.
      With strong tt countries like China, Gu Yuting and Chen Ke are not allowed to play..... for them to play, then two of the top 6 must make away (thus hurting world ranking points etc)

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      According to the 2018 ITTF World Tour Directives and SSI, we have to limit the number of entries to 290
      For the ITTF World Tour: An association can enter a maximum of:
      Men and Women Singles: 6 players per Association (each gender) / 12 players for the Host Association (each gender)
      Men and Women Doubles: 2 pairs or 4 players per Association (each gender) / 3 pairs or 6 players for the Host Association (each gender)
      U21 Men and Women Singles: 4 players per Association (each gender)

      Base on this - China will never have many players in the top 20 or 30 as like before, as simply for the best 10 players to take part in 8 events and all gaining enough (should they not knock each other out in the qualification or early rounds) points to feature high up on the world ranking and almost mathematically impossible to achieve


      Also, cost/prize factor has not improved....
      Costs:
      1) accreditation fee: 150 Euro
      2) accommodation (single room) 145 Euro x 6 nights+/- = 870 euro
      3) assuming player walked to the venue so not transport costs.
      Total: 1020 euro

      prize money to break even:
      R16 singles: 1100 euro
      makes 80 euro
      In this case nobody will compare with ATP where 2-3 countries have nearly 10 participants each in the majors.

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      Fan Zhendong will crush this competition.

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      Dan

      Gu Yuting is on your list as a seed
      I don't see her any where in the seeds
      she is marked as waiting list, but as there is no spots, she didn't play (or rather can't play)

      basically for waiting list to work:
      1) of the original 290 approved players, one must "pull out" before the tournament
      2) then ITTF will approve WL players based on world ranking (so there is a chance of more than 6 players per association)

      This is what Rain and myself has been saying that a lot of your up and coming players will find it difficult to take part in world tours to increase world ranking.
      unless the national association don't send 6 players and nominate the "up and coming" player as part of the 6

      I am amaze with how many players China has on the waiting list for this world tour

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      Quote Originally Posted by Ilia Minkin View Post
      At first I thought FZD will be the only Chinese player, but there will also be Liu Dingshuo, Xue Fei, Wang Chuqin, Xu Chenhao and Yu Ziyang. Will FZD drop a set on the way to the title?
      Lol, if he meets Wang Chuqin he might even lose. He reallllly don't like the kid's style. Though it's unlikely to happen.
      EDIT: If anyone will be there from outside, write me.
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      I counted the number of players.
      Men's singles qualifications; Group1-52 x3(players) + Group53&54x4(players) = 164
      Women's singles qualifications; Group1-42x3(players) = 129
      Seed players; 16(men)+16(women)= 32
      164+129+32=325 total

      not included U21 or Doubles
      I also confirmed "limit the number of entries to 290" but don't understand the meaning

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      370 players in total, 210 men, 160 women from ITTF Media Kit.

      368 entries from the database, including those on WL, but not those who canceled.

      331 entries counting only those approved, still over by 41.

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      Quote Originally Posted by zeio View Post
      370 players in total, 210 men, 160 women from ITTF Media Kit.

      368 entries from the database, including those on WL, but not those who canceled.

      331 entries counting only those approved, still over by 41.
      yep, ITTF been over for many tours already, going to be interesting to see how they manage to reduce ITTF world tours (they said publically they want to reduce the number of participants), but in the same time making sure as many of your top players participates, while keeping the prize money so little and expecting the sport to become better

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      Oh my. If you haven't seen Gionis v Dingshuo yet then go and watch the ttinfo highlights on YouTube. Absolutely blinding match.

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      I am surprisingly glad to see that Xu Chenhao without world ranking and low ranked players like Truls Moregard managed to enter the event! Though it suggests that a lot lot of high ranked players actually do not attend.

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      Quote Originally Posted by rainneverever View Post
      I am surprisingly glad to see that Xu Chenhao without world ranking and low ranked players like Truls Moregard managed to enter the event! Though it suggests that a lot lot of high ranked players actually do not attend.
      Don't worry - there is still a whole year for rankings apocalypse to occur.... Just kidding.
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      Glad to see FZD coaching Liu Dingshuo on the first two days!

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      Both finalists from the junior worlds qualified for the main draw. Truls Moregard gets Jonathan Groth, and winner Xue Fei gets the reward of playing FZD in the first round.

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      Truls Moregard vs Jonathan Groth about to start on table 2.

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