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      I like the female announcer's English introduction. Sounds so exotic.

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      New coach did not help. He was much better but stick to the same game plan. Mental issue again. Reminds me how he lost to XX leading 10:6

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      great match of ARUNA indeed, what a devastating FH ! and he's improved very much in other aspects of the game.

      I'm a bit sad for MIZUTANI, he's clearly not the player he used to be.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Sali View Post
      New coach did not help. He was much better but stick to the same game plan. Mental issue again. Reminds me how he lost to XX leading 10:6
      I don't think its mental. ARUNA played better than him. MIZUTANI could not do better. He had clearly less stamina, and doesn't move as well as he used to, he's much more easily pinned on his BH now and I suspect his eye vision problems are real

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      It's a difficult situation for Japan with Niwa and Mizutani out of form with the next year Olympics coming.

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      Will the Ito-Hayata couple be admitted to the Grand Final? Will JTTA give them that opportunity?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Takkyu_wa_inochi View Post
      I don't think its mental. ARUNA played better than him. MIZUTANI could not do better. He had clearly less stamina, and doesn't move as well as he used to, he's much more easily pinned on his BH now and I suspect his eye vision problems are real
      Mizutani has much more options, his serve, received spin variation and even bh is much better then ARUNA. He sticked to the same serve, while his Reverse pendulum is quite effective and he also did not use long serve even once. Also serve placement and first attack placement was terrible.
      In case of technique and variation he is much better player, but again for me this Time is a mental problem and coaching.
      Anyway his last months defeats against lower ranked players makes me wonder if he goes to olympics.

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      Mu Zi referenced a traditional Chinese saying that got dropped.

      「大難不死,必有後福」 roughly translates to "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

      Female announcer: "Please do not take flash photography. I believe you already know that."

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      Quote Originally Posted by Takkyu_wa_inochi View Post
      great match of ARUNA indeed, what a devastating FH ! and he's improved very much in other aspects of the game.

      I'm a bit sad for MIZUTANI, he's clearly not the player he used to be.

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      This video shows also how much better footwork Mizutani had.

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      Mizutani was so unlucky, some lost of concentration with leading 9:5.why did he change chinese couch and why he does not use national coach Kurashima? Still better than GC
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      Quote Originally Posted by Takkyu_wa_inochi View Post
      I don't think its mental. ARUNA played better than him. MIZUTANI could not do better. He had clearly less stamina, and doesn't move as well as he used to, he's much more easily pinned on his BH now and I suspect his eye vision problems are real
      Yup. He's spoken in a TV program, sometime after All-Japan Champ 2018 that he first noticed his body declining at 27, so roughly some time after Rio 2016, that the big upset to Harimoto at WTTC 2017 would've happened sooner or later. And as you first reported here, the vision problem that first bothered him in 2014 suddenly turned for the worse in 2018. The glasses are enough proof. Why wear them when they could potentially hinder your performance?

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      The female interviewer of Aruna looks like a dinner date for Adam Bobrow.

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      Quote Originally Posted by zeio View Post
      Yup. He's spoken in a TV program, sometime after All-Japan Champ 2018 that he first noticed his body declining at 27, so roughly some time after Rio 2016, that the big upset to Harimoto at WTTC 2017 would've happened sooner or later. And as you first reported here, the vision problem that first bothered him in 2014 suddenly turned for the worse in 2018. The glasses are enough proof. Why wear them when they could potentially hinder your performance?
      If the body and eyes were the issue why would he change the coach? I would consider the coach who can motivate me better.

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      Quote Originally Posted by zeio View Post
      Yup. He's spoken in a TV program, sometime after All-Japan Champ 2018 that he first noticed his body declining at 27, so roughly some time after Rio 2016, that the big upset to Harimoto at WTTC 2017 would've happened sooner or later. And as you first reported here, the vision problem that first bothered him in 2014 suddenly turned for the worse in 2018. The glasses are enough proof. Why wear them when they could potentially hinder your performance?

      If his performance drops even more in the next months I'm not sure if he goes to olympics. Unfortunately Niwa isn't better either at the moment. Even though they could be lucky because no better options are available, other players like Matsudaira or Jin Ueda disappeared. What happened to Oshima, is he injured?

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      All options seem problematic so I'm calling it now.

      Japan's men's team for 2020:

      -Tomokazu Harimoto
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      -some 7-10 year old talent

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      Another big problem for Japan next year is Chinese Taipei. Lin Yun Ju seems to have elevated the Hope's of all the Taiwanese players and I can see them being another contender for gold in all events if LYJ plays sufficiently well. CCA and CCY are not pushovers and are a strong doubles team as well.
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      Another big problem for Japan next year is Chinese Taipei. Lin Yun Ju seems to have elevated the Hope's of all the Taiwanese players and I can see them being another contender for gold in all events if LYJ plays sufficiently well. CCA and CCY are not pushovers and are a strong doubles team as well.
      I think there are much more problems. First place is Korea with many great players. I am also not sure if they can beat sweden or Germany in that shape.

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