my coach OYA lost in his first match (round 2) to a junior player, just like last year.
I feel sad for him, he's only a shadow of the extraordinary player he was just a few years ago and he's only 32. His level dropped so much but he can't train anymore... he's got to make a living with coaching which leaves him very little time to train seriously
it must be very painful for him. the young guy was moving so much better than him and was more powerful on the FH to FH rallies. I think OYA put also a lot of pressure on himself, i felt he was far from his best current level and played without confidence and too safely instead of going all-out.
But i will always be his fan, and hope he'll make a true comeback next year, and will have more time to prepare himself
2021 All Japan TT Championships Days 5-7 MS and WS Main Draw Schedule
Days 1-4, which covered the Boys and Girls Junior events and the Qualifications for Men's and Women's Singles of the All Japan TT Championships, are now done. Congratulations to those who qualified for the main draw and of course to the Junior Champions Kazuki Hamada (Boys) and Satsuki Odo (Girls). Now the fun really begins with Days 5-7 covering the Main Draw of the Men's and Women's Singles events.
Day 5- 1/15/21 Men's and Women's Singles R64, R32, and R16 10:00-18:30 JST
Day 6- 1/16/21 Men's and Women's Singles QF 11:00-16:00 JST
Day 7- 1/17/21 Men's and Women's Singles SF 10:00-12:00 JST. Finals are from 13:00-15:00 JST.
As previously mentioned, all matches will be live streamed at this link http://live.jtta.or.jp/ What's new this year is that the QF, SF and Finals will also be live streamed online. Previously, Days 6 and 7 of the All Japan TT Champs would only be available on TV through NHK and one would have to wait for the highlights to be posted on Video Sharing Sites to watch the QF, SF and Finals, but since no spectators are allowed this year, we can all watch all matches online through the link provided.
The Daily Schedule can be viewed here. https://www.japantabletennis.com/zennihon2021/live2 It's color-coded in yellow for WS matches and in Blue for MS matches. Use this link to view the schedule and table number of the match you want to view on the live stream. It may be particularly difficult to find the match you want to watch on Day 5 because there will be 16 tables with 16 simultaneous matches, so hopefully, the Daily Schedule link helps. Days 6 and 7 should not be a problem as there are only 2 tables on those days, so it should be easy to find the match you are looking for.
The Full Men's Singles Bracket (Both Qualifications and Main Draw) can be viewed here while the Simplified Men's Singles Bracket (Main Draw Only) can be viewed here.
The Full Women's Singles Bracket (Both Qualifications and Main Draw) can be viewed here while the Simplified Women's Singles Bracket (Main Draw Only) can be viewed here.
Day 5 Matches to watch out for: (Note, this list is not exhaustive. It's best to carefully check the Daily Schedule and Brackets in case there are other matches that interest you but are not listed here.)
*Only the R64 matches mentioned below are guaranteed matchups. All R32 and R16 matches mentioned here are only potential matchups since there's always a possibility that either or both players lose before reaching these further rounds.
Men's Singles R64
Masaki Yoshida (Best 4 last year) vs Kenta Matsudaira
Yukiya Uda vs. Sho Suzuki (Promising in Junior Boys)
Kenta Tazoe vs Jin Ueda (Early round match-up between T-Leaguers)
Men's Singles R32*
Kazuhiro Yoshimura vs. Satoshi Aida (T.T. Saitama Chopper who doesn't use pips)
Maharu Yoshimura vs. Yuto Muramatsu
Men's Singles R16*
Mizuki Oikawa (Top 5 in T-League Wins) vs. Maharu Yoshimura/Yuto Muramatsu
Matsudaira/Yoshida/Hibiki Tazoe/Kohei Sambe vs. Oshima/Arinobu (Evenly matched 1/8. Hard to predict who will come out on top)
Women's Singles R64
Takako Nagao vs Miyu Maeda (Early round match-up between T-Leaguers who both happen to be the left-handed doubles specialists of their respective teams. Nagao was also in the Best 4 in the 2018 Nationals.)
Miyu Kato vs. Miyu Nagasaki (Early round match-up between JNT members)
Mima Ito vs Yuka Minagawa- Minagawa beat Miwa Harimoto earlier and prevented a possible Harimoto vs Ito R32 match-up. This potential matchup would be a reunion of sorts as Ito and Minagawa are childhood friends to played together in Kansai Table Tennis Academy. There's even a short article on their friendship and some old photos of them: Photo 1 & Photo 2.
Women's Singles R16*
Mima Ito vs Minami Ando/Kasumi Kimura- Yes, another Ito match, but she just happened to draw many notable players this tournament. Ando notably upset Ito in the 2017 Nationals. On the other hand, Kimura is the 2019 All Japan Student Selection Champion and has an impressive 4W-1L record in T-League. Those 4 Wins are against Hayata, Shan Xiaona, Yu Mengyu, and Samara with the only loss coming against Hayata in their rematch. She is on the same T-League team as Ishikawa and carried the load for the team while Ishikawa was in #RESTART such that an article was written entitled "No Kasumi Ishikawa, no problem another Kasumi takes over."
Miyuu Kihara vs Miu Hirano- Kihara's T-League performance has been impressive. She has made innovations to her service and leads in T-League Service Aces by a large margin. On the other hand, Hirano is in her first tournament back from injury and will want to prove in the Nationals that despite her injury she's still a level above the other players in Japan. Many predict the winner of this match as going to at least the SF.
Hayata indirectly confirmed Odo's performance. Saying her form was not bad despite 3 matches on her opening day, she didn't know (Odo's or her own?) serve and shot quality at first, but ultimately found her own pace. She looked forward to the match and expected to go the distance. She hopes to bring out her own game against Sato next.
Harimoto says his win is purely psychological. This match against MIUCHI Kentaro was even more painful than the semifinal and final last year. He was worried about the recovery of his lower back. He feels much better now but he couldn't work on his body. After 3 matches today, the unease has been wiped away.
GOOD SPECTACLE TO COME NEXT WEEK.
THOSE TWO gals Mimure ITO and SATO genius of defense, they both are far superior to all others. Long, long way superior. Women's singles final should be worthy to watch, nothing else.