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      Quote Originally Posted by zeio View Post
      Better late than never. NHK documentary series on the race for Tokyo 2020.


      Episode 3 of the NHK documentary series on the Race to Tokyo 2020 series has recently been released. Wasn't able to find a high quality video, but maybe one will surface soon. If anyone finds a better copy, just post it on the thread.





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      Oh, forgot about it.


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      Japan sends a representative team to Markham ....
      We are waiting for China to answer .....

      http://www.jtta.or.jp/tournament/tab...4/Default.aspx

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      Yoshimura appearing in conference and commercial for TWC.
      Yoshimura playing in Markham.

      Either Mizutani or Niwa could drop out if the other doesn't take the 2nd spot.

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      This North American Open Challenge+ is part of the 2019 World Tour events, but it will be finished just a few days before the 2019 World Tour Grand Final. I wonder how can its results impact the qualification to the Grand Final?

      Quote Originally Posted by Vlad Celler View Post
      Japan sends a representative team to Markham ....
      We are waiting for China to answer .....

      http://www.jtta.or.jp/tournament/tab...4/Default.aspx

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jacky Kwok View Post
      This North American Open Challenge+ is part of the 2019 World Tour events, but it will be finished just a few days before the 2019 World Tour Grand Final. I wonder how can its results impact the qualification to the Grand Final?
      This tournament is a challenge + ...The results of the Challenger Series tournaments in the Grand Final are not taken into account ....

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jacky Kwok View Post
      This North American Open Challenge+ is part of the 2019 World Tour events, but it will be finished just a few days before the 2019 World Tour Grand Final. I wonder how can its results impact the qualification to the Grand Final?
      Like Vlad Celler noted, the Challenge Series don't count toward the World Tour Standings and in turn the WTGF.

      It's the final push for ranking points before Jan, 2020 for those who have signed up.

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      Quote Originally Posted by zeio View Post
      Like Vlad Celler noted, the Challenge Series don't count toward the World Tour Standings and in turn the WTGF.

      It's the final push for ranking points before Jan, 2020 for those who have signed up.
      Especially important for Ishikawa and Hirano ....Who will be the second in the JNT women's team ....For Ito, this tournament does not matter at all - she is certainly number one by January 2020 ....

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      Updated entries for North American Open.



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      Quote Originally Posted by Jacky Kwok View Post
      This North American Open Challenge+ is part of the 2019 World Tour events, but it will be finished just a few days before the 2019 World Tour Grand Final. I wonder how can its results impact the qualification to the Grand Final?
      It won't affect the qualification for the WTGF, but it may impact the Japanese players' performances during the Grand Finals itself. Jet Lag will probably hit them pretty hard since the WTGF is in China since it's going to be very difficult adjusting from Canadian time. Just ask Niwa and his experience playing in Paraguay while jet lagged. Ito or Harimoto may not be too happy having a zombie mixed doubles partner in Mizutani or Hayata during the WTGF.

      Niwa's going to have it worst though since he'll be flying to the North American Open just after the Men's World Cup in China. If Niwa somehow qualifies for the WTGF, he'll have to adjust to jet lag yet again when he flies back to China for the WTGF.

      Despite the worry of how the Japanese players' participation in the North American Open will affect their performances in the WTGF in China, I'm quite excited for the North American Open since it's quite rare to see this kind of entry list for a challenge series event. I'm sure Tempest/Comet is the most excited though since he'll probably get to see all the top Japanese players in person.

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      We were planning to go, hoping that Hayata would sign on. Now that Ishikawa & Hirano and practically the entire JNT top echelon (sans Ito) will show up also, it makes the trip imperative :-)
      The Race is down to the wire, as close as it can get (currently a mere 65 pts gap) and most exciting because of the incredibly goofy twists and turns last couple of months.
      I have never seen Ishikawa in a Challenge series, but now the chips are down, her mom/manager and Rira Ishikawa (a graduate of JOC/EA and curently team captain of her University) are both going in support, attest to how seriously she’s taking it, even though the best either can do is a gain of 200 pts IF either wins (to replace a 900).
      Without CNT, therefore no phobia, Ishikawa has advantage over Hirano, who can be mentally goofy (as admitted herself), and still suffered from regular ‘zombie attacks’.
      Now if CNT throws a few monkey wrenches into the works, we may witness the fiercest all-out fight yet :-)
      In N.America, it’s a rare treat to see any of the top 10 in action. In 2016 we drove our motorhome 4700Km to Philadelphia to see LSW & DN, disappointment turned into exhilaration as we witnessed Hirano taking down Ito right after her Rio Team Bronze, and a day later, saw Hirano’s finest moment.
      Crossing the Rockies in the dead of winter in a 32ft motorhome may turn out to be a one-way trip, so we’re flying, despite peak season rates. We’re going to bring gifts too, boxes of Kleenex, for both the winner and loser, for their tears of joy and despair.
      Can’t wait !!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Tempest/Comet View Post
      We were planning to go, hoping that Hayata would sign on. Now that Ishikawa & Hirano and practically the entire JNT top echelon (sans Ito) will show up also, it makes the trip imperative :-)
      The Race is down to the wire, as close as it can get (currently a mere 65 pts gap) and most exciting because of the incredibly goofy twists and turns last couple of months.
      I have never seen Ishikawa in a Challenge series, but now the chips are down, her mom/manager and Rira Ishikawa (a graduate of JOC/EA and curently team captain of her University) are both going in support, attest to how seriously she’s taking it, even though the best either can do is a gain of 200 pts IF either wins (to replace a 900).
      Without CNT, therefore no phobia, Ishikawa has advantage over Hirano, who can be mentally goofy (as admitted herself), and still suffered from regular ‘zombie attacks’.
      Now if CNT throws a few monkey wrenches into the works, we may witness the fiercest all-out fight yet :-)
      In N.America, it’s a rare treat to see any of the top 10 in action. In 2016 we drove our motorhome 4700Km to Philadelphia to see LSW & DN, disappointment turned into exhilaration as we witnessed Hirano taking down Ito right after her Rio Team Bronze, and a day later, saw Hirano’s finest moment.
      Crossing the Rockies in the dead of winter in a 32ft motorhome may turn out to be a one-way trip, so we’re flying, despite peak season rates. We’re going to bring gifts too, boxes of Kleenex, for both the winner and loser, for their tears of joy and despair.
      Can’t wait !!
      If the CNT sends players, even team B players, there's a good chance Ishikawa and Hirano withdraw their participation since there would literally be no margin for error for both. Either Ishikawa or Hirano can only gain points by winning the whole tournament, and if the CNT come, they may decide it would be better to keep themselves rested and not jet lagged for the WTGF rather than try to win the North American Open for such a small gain in points. It's also possible for either to withdraw if one performs well in the Austrian Open or T2 Diamond, which would make it less necessary to go to Canada for this challenge plus series tournament.

      For your sake though, I do hope you get to experience watching as many JNT members in person as possible since it's really rare to have the top Asian Players travel to North America.

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      BTW, as per JTTA list, JNT is not sending any player, those going to Markham are ALL going on their own expense.

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      After seeing Niwa’s zombie-like performance in Paraguay, I think Apacible has a very valid point, that of jet-lag and the return journey travelling toll that would tire out anyone. To that add the Canadian cold climate, and the flu season. If CNT sends anyone, it’s not worth the wear and tear a week before the WTGF which has more pts potential.
      Still, a tournament sans Chinese dominance is refreshingly enticing.
      Will see...

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      By the way, Ishikawa will certainly lose points in the next tournament, in T.W.C. ....Her last year’s result is 1,500 points ...And this result is among the eight largest when calculating the monthly ITTF rating ....
      This year, she certainly can’t get so much .....Because a maximum of two games in one match, and Ishikawa will have one of them paired with Hirano ......Pair game does not give points ....In addition, the new ITTF ranking system reduced the number of points for victory - 250 instead of the previous 300 ...
      Most likely, last year's 1,500 points will be replaced by 900 from the reserve ....
      Not the best start in the Ishikawa-Hirano race for the rating of January 2020 ....

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      ITO is a winner !

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      It's embarrassing to see my idol in this mess, after starting off with such a huge surplus from 2018. It's October already and her ranking points are still made up of 5 events from 2018, 1 of which is the TWC.

      Ito: 4
      Ishikawa: 5
      Hirano: 4
      Sato: 2
      Kato: 1
      Hayata: 2
      Shibata: 4
      Hashimoto: 3

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      Quote Originally Posted by Takkyu_wa_inochi View Post
      ITO is a winner !
      But Ito could theoretically improve his points after TWC .... If she can score six wins, it's 1500 points ......Hirano according to the results of the TWC is unlikely to be able to add .....
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