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      Quote Originally Posted by drunix80 View Post
      But the most unexpected twist would be if they bring back ZJK from the grave. Ha Ha Ha. Wishful thinking but never gonna happen though.
      One of the saddest posts I have ever read in this forum ....

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      Quote Originally Posted by ping fun View Post
      One of the saddest posts I have ever read in this forum ....
      Sad for me to post it too but just needed to vent out the frustration of ZJK not doing anything to revive his career.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Sali View Post
      The same considered ZJK last olympics, he had better draw and luckily advance to final, of course it is speculation.

      I'm really tired of arguing about these things ....

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      China my best guess

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      Quote Originally Posted by lightspin View Post
      She is still going ahead with her lawsuit. From my understanding, as it stands now, for each Gender the USA will send the highest world ranked player, the winner of a trials tournament and if the USA can have 3 athletes, the third will be picked by the High Performance Director. Chen wants all the spots determined by a tournament.

      In the past, I could understand automatically sending a player if they were top 15 in the world. However with the current ranking system, I am not a fan of sending the highest ranked player. The rankings are a mess and to even get ranked, you need the permission of the High Performance Director to play in international events. Just look at the rankings of the Chinese who are entered in the Australian Open. Are they an accurate measure of skill level? Also with some of the interesting results of the recent US Closed, players should have a right to fight for spots on the team.
      I'm not a fan of using WR to determine an Olympic spot because it's not a strong measure of a player's strength. Plus so few US players even play ITTF tournaments. Actually, I think high perf. committee selection is better but there was so much backlash against it. And I don't think you can force an NGB to create 2 or 3 tournaments for each Olympic spot. Although probable, there's no guarantee that the USA qualifies for all three.

      Anyway, right now Juan Liu and Lily Zhang are the two best US players. Wu Yue is virtually guaranteed a spot based on her WR, but has looked unimpressive at Nationals. Amy Wang looks to me to be the third best player.

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      Chen Meng!!!

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      If USA has a pure competition to qualify, there is a good chance one of the favorites would not make it for each gender.

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      Chen Meng's position in the Olympics has been severely threatened it seems. Her only bargaining chip at the moment is her steady performance on the World Tour (13 titles but no World Cup, Asian Cup, Asian Games, WTTC, Asian Championships, National Championships wins) but her #1 position (1300 pts) has been usurped by SYS (1319pts) after the recently concluded Australian Open, and not to mention her eventual loss to Ishikawa after leading 3-1. There is now the possibility that Sun Yingsha might serve as the third team member and play XD, as evident from this year's national games' XD pairings. Trailing behind only XX/LSW and FZD/DN (first and second seeds respectively), Wang Chuqin/Sun Yingsha are regarded as the third seeds. The other pairs (in seeding order) are Lin Gaoyuan/Wang Manyu, Liang Jingkun/Zhu Yuling, Yu Ziyang/Chen Meng, Zhou Yu/Mu Zi and Zhou Zihao/Chen Xingtong, with CM being the only core player within the women's team not to be paired with another core player from the men's team (although ML's exemption clearly makes it an uneven number). It will also make more sense to bring SYS if both DN and LSW – which is possible given that they are the reigning Olympics and World Champions respectively – are going since the 18 year-old will still be in good form to play Paris 2024 (CM will be 29 by then while SYS only 23) and possibly even the subsequent Olympics (age 27). Just my two-cents.

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      CNT representatives to me seem impossible to predict at this early stage. We don't know how much of their world rankings are controlled by the team concept.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Janard View Post
      Chen Meng's position in the Olympics has been severely threatened it seems. Her only bargaining chip at the moment is her steady performance on the World Tour (13 titles but no World Cup, Asian Cup, Asian Games, WTTC, Asian Championships, National Championships wins) but her #1 position (1300 pts) has been usurped by SYS (1319pts) after the recently concluded Australian Open, and not to mention her eventual loss to Ishikawa after leading 3-1. There is now the possibility that Sun Yingsha might serve as the third team member and play XD, as evident from this year's national games' XD pairings. Trailing behind only XX/LSW and FZD/DN (first and second seeds respectively), Wang Chuqin/Sun Yingsha are regarded as the third seeds. The other pairs (in seeding order) are Lin Gaoyuan/Wang Manyu, Liang Jingkun/Zhu Yuling, Yu Ziyang/Chen Meng, Zhou Yu/Mu Zi and Zhou Zihao/Chen Xingtong, with CM being the only core player within the women's team not to be paired with another core player from the men's team (although ML's exemption clearly makes it an uneven number). It will also make more sense to bring SYS if both DN and LSW – which is possible given that they are the reigning Olympics and World Champions respectively – are going since the 18 year-old will still be in good form to play Paris 2024 (CM will be 29 by then while SYS only 23) and possibly even the subsequent Olympics (age 27). Just my two-cents.

      This all makes sense but there is way too much time till the end of the year and there is a real possibility that Zhu Yuling may get pulled from the World Cup to give Chen Meng a chance given ZYL's own struggles.

      It is really murky how the CNT will handle the 3rd spot.
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      ......It is really murky how the CNT will handle the 3rd spot.....

      I think for Japan the choice of the third is not easier ....

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