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NOW LIVE: Final - Live Streaming here: https://tv.ittf.com/livestream/bulgaria-open-table-1/897501

The Bulgaria Open has commenced!

Dimitrij Ovtcharov enters as the number 1 seed:

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List of Top 10 Seeds:

01) Dimitrij Ovtcharov
02) Kenta Matsudaira
03) Quadri Aruna
04) Maharu Yoshimura
05) Jin Ueda
06) Paul Drinkhall
07) Robert Gardos
08) Bojan Tokic
09) Tomas Konecny
10) Quentin RObinot

Full info coming soon...

A fantastic event to follow, be sure to get involved on the TTD discussions and join us in the live chat in the ITTF Live Streaming!

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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Men's Singles Draw - Round of 32

Dimitrij Ovtcharov 4-2 Kirill Skackov
Elias Ranefur 4-0 Quentin Robinot
Tomas Konecny 3-4 Yukiya Uda
Mizuki Oikawa 4-2 Bojan Tokic

Paul Drinkhall 0-4 Asuka Machi
Koyo Kanmitsu 4-2 Teodor Alexandrov
Yuto Kizukuri 4-2 Soumyajit Ghosh
Can Akkuzu 3-4 Quadri Aruna

Mahuru Yoshimura 4-0 Enzo Angles
Kenji Matsudaira 4-3 Benedek Olah
Dmitrij Prokopcov 2-4 Taku Takakiwa
Kenta Tazoe 2-4 Robert Gardos

Jin Ueda 4-0 Chou Te Hao
Hung Tzu Hsiang 1-4 Cedric Nuytinck
Harmeet Desai 1-4 Peng Wang Wei
Tomas Tregler 0-4 Kenta Matsudaira
 
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Men's Singles Draw - Round of 32

Dimitrij Ovtcharov 4-2 Kirill Skackov
Elias Ranefur 4-0 Quentin Robinot
Tomas Konecny 3-4 Yukiya Uda
Mizuki Oikawa 4-2 Bojan Tokic

Paul Drinkhall 0-4 Asuka Machi
Koyo Kanmitsu 4-2 Teodor Alexandrov
Yuto Kizukuri 4-2 Soumyajit Ghosh
Can Akkuzu 3-4 Quadri Aruna

Mahuru Yoshimura vs Enzo Angles
Kenji Matsudaira vs Benedek Olah
Dmitrij Prokopcov vs Taku Takakiwa
Kenta Tazoe vs Robert Gardos

Jin Ueda vs Chou Te Hao
Hung Tzu Hsiang vs Cedric Nuytinck
Harmeet Desai vs Peng Wang Wei
Tomas Tregler vs Kenta Matsudaira

Strange result for Paul Drinkhall, especially after how well he's been playing.
 
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Yes, so far the "Japanese vs foreign players" score in the main draws is remarkable:

Men's singles: 11:0
Women's singles: 16:0 (only Japanese players remaining in the draw!!!)
Men's doubles: 2:0
Women's doubles: 2:0

JAPAN is the best nation after CHINA. the gap is huge between those 2, but the gap is huge after JAPAN as well
 

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Would there still such a gap with ML, FZD and XX out of the equation and ZJK struggling to recover?

I have often wondered this question myself, if there were no Ma Long, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin would China dominate everything. I think the answer is yes they will. Players on the tier 2 squad in the China National Team will get more opportunities to play internationally and gain the experience they need to compete on this level. Players like Fang Bo and others would compete more often and improve. You can see unknown players in the China Super League take out the top guys relatively often :)
 
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Would there still such a gap with ML, FZD and XX out of the equation and ZJK struggling to recover?

I don't know. I must admit even strong foreign players like Boll or Ovtcharov loose to internationally unknown players in CTTSL a lot, but in a tournament on foreign soil it might be a whole different story and i'm not sure if everyone knows how to handle the pressure. There have been quite some surprises in the past. Guys like Yan An come to my mind.
 
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Men's Singles Draw - Round of 16 results

Dimitrij Ovtcharov 4-2 Elias Ranefur
Yukiya Uda 0-4 Mizuki Oikawa

Asuka Machi 4-1 Koyo Kanmitsu
Yuto Kizukuri 3-4 Quadri Aruna

Mahuru Yoshimura 2-2 Kenji Matsudaira
Taku Takakiwa 4-1 Kenta Tazoe

Jin Ueda 4-1 Cedric Nuytinck
Peng Wang Weil 1-4 Kenta Matsudaira
 
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I have often wondered this question myself, if there were no Ma Long, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin would China dominate everything. I think the answer is yes they will. Players on the tier 2 squad in the China National Team will get more opportunities to play internationally and gain the experience they need to compete on this level. Players like Fang Bo and others would compete more often and improve. You can see unknown players in the China Super League take out the top guys relatively often :)

I don't quite agree. Tier 1 CNT players (4-5, the lineup for OG and WTTC team events) do not steal away the opportunities of Tier 2 players. They just perform better in trials, natioanl tournaments and CTTSL. If you look at the medalists of China National Games and National Championships, almost all are Tier 1 players. CTTSL MVPs are all Tier 1 players.
An extreme example is FZD. Much younger than FB and YA, he surpassed them very quickly.
 
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That's gonna be interesting. Jin Ueda is very good, but Kenta is good too. I would say 50-50%.
In the Aruna vs Asuka match I would bet on the japanese, but who knows?
Ovcharov probably will win this tournament, but I think Oikawa has the second best chance against him after Jin. I still don't think there will be an upset.
My prediction is that we will see a final between Kenta and Ovcharov, where Ovcharov wins 4-2.
 
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