China Trials For WTTC 2015 - Final Stage

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CNT 2015 WTTC Trial - Third Stage (Feb. 2-6)

On January 27, Sina Sports News reported the rules and playing system for the Third Stage of CNT "Road to Suzhou" 2015 WTTC Trial for both men and women.

Time: February 2-6
Place: Zhenjiang

Men:

There will be two rounds of trials in the third stage, each round consisting of 8 players and each round will grant the winner a ticket to 2015 WTT. Both rounds will be played under single knock out system.

Round 1

8 players earned their rights to play in Round 1 through 2014 CNT Internal Ranking based on domestics events results, and they are the top 8 ranked players (in Blue) from the following ranking table (No. 8 Wang Hao retired,so No. 9 Liang Jiangkun moved up one place):

2014 CNT Men's Team A Internal Ranking Based on Domestic Competitions
Rank
Player
Point
1
Ma Long
385
2
Fan Zhendong
360
3
Zhang Jike
335
4
Xu Xin
325
5
Hao Shuai
110
6
Yan An
85
7
Shang Kun
65
8
Wang Hao
45
9
Liang Jingkun
30
10
Lin Gaoyuan
-10
11
Fang Bo
-25
12
Zhou Yu
-45
13
Liu Jikang
-85
14
Xu Chenhao
-110
15
Cheng Jingqi
-115
16
Fan Shengpeng
-135
16
Wu Hao
-135
18
Kong Lingxuan
-140
18
Zheng Peifeng
-140
20
Ren Hao
-145
20
Ma Te
-145
22
Cui Qinglei
-155
22
Yin Hang
-155
24
Liu Yi
-160
25
Zhu Linfeng
-225
26
Zhang Yudong
-300

The 8 players are seeded based on their ranking, and No. 1 Ma Long and No. 2 Fan Zhendong entered into position 1 and 8 respectively, No. 3 Zhang Jike and No. 4 Xu Xin were drawn into either position 3 or 4, so on and so forth.

The Draw for Round 1 was out, and the lineup are as follows:

1. Ma Long vs Hao Shuai
2. Liang Jingkun vs Zhang Jike
3. Xu Xin vs Shang Kun
4. Yan An vs Fan Zhendong



Round 2

8 players participating in Round 2 qualified through the following criteria:

1) Top Three Players of CNT Internal Ranking: Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, Zhang Jike
2) Top Four Finishers from 2nd Stage of CNT 2015 WTTC Trials in late December 2014: Fan Zhendong, Xu Xin, Fang Bo, Liang Jingkun
3) No. 5 and No. 6 from 2nd Stage of CNT 2015 WTTC Trials in late December 2014: Hao Shuai, Xu Chenhao
4) If a player from those listed in 1) - 3) earned the first ticket in Round 1, Cui Qinglei who ranked 7th from the Second Stage will become the substitute player in Round 2.

Ranking from Second Stage of CNT 2015 WTTC Trials


Place
Player
1
Fan Zhendong
2
Xu Xin
3
Fang Bo
4
Liang Jingkun
5
Hao Shuai
6
Xu Chenhao
7
Cui Qinglei (W.L)
8
Yan An
9
Lin Gaoyuan
10
Zhou Yu
11
Liu Jikang
12
Shang Kun
13
Fan Shengpeng
14
Yu Ziyang
15
Cheng Jingqi
16
Ma Te

So six players (Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, Zhang Jike, Xu Xin, Liang Jingkun, Hao Shuai) will play in both Round 1 and Round 2, thus having two chances to earn a ticket. Four players (Shang Kun, Yan An, Fang Bo, Xu Chenhao) only have one chance. Shang Kun & Yan An will only play in Round 1 while Fang Bo & Xu Chenhao will only play in Round 2.

Women

8 players will compete in the Second Stage which will be played out in single knock out system, and they are:

Ding Ning, Zhu Yuling, Chen Meng, Li Xiaoxia, Che Xiaoxi, Li Xiaodan, Mu Zi, Feng Yalan

The winner among them will then play against Wu Yang, who was the second place from women's second stage trial, and the winner of the two will earn women's second ticket to 2015 WTTC. Liu Shiwen, the winner of women's second stage trial, already earned the first ticket.

Trial Schedule (February 2 - 6)

CCTV-5 is scheduled to provide liver coverage for February 2 - 6's Games (in Blue) (Actual coverage will prevail over schedule)

Date
Game Time
Game Schedule



TV Coverage Table
Table 2
Feb. 2
14:00 - 15:00MS 1/4 Final (Ma Long vs Hao Shuai)
15:00 - 16:00MS 1/4 Final (Liang Jingkun vs Zhang Jike)
16:00 - 17:00MS 1/4 Final (Xu Xin vs Shang Kun)
17:00 - 18:00MS 1/4 Final (Yan An vs Fan Zhendong)
Feb. 3
14:00 - 15:00
MS Semifinal (Top Half)

15:00 - 16:00
MS Semifinal (Bottom Half)

16:00 - 17:00
MS Final

17:00 - 17:55
Award Ceremony, Comments
Feb. 4
14:35 - 15:25
WS 1/4 Final (No. 1)
MS 1/4 Final (No. 1)

15:25 - 16:15
MS 1/4 Final (No. 2)
WS 1/4 Final (No. 2)

16:15 - 17:05
WS 1/4 Final (No. 3)
MS 1/4 Final (No. 3)

17:05 - 17:55
MS 1/4 Final (No. 4)
WS 1/4 Final (No. 4)
Feb. 5
13:35 - 14:25
WS Semifinal (No. 1)

14:25 - 15:15
MS Semifinal (No. 1)

15:15 - 16:15
Interaction with Fans

16:15 - 17:05
WS Semifinal (No. 2)

17:05 - 17:55
MS Semifinal (No. 2)
Feb. 6
15:05 - 15:55
WS Knockout Round Final

15:55 - 16:45
WS Trial Final (against Wu Yang)

16:45 - 17:35
MS Final

17:35 - 17:55
Award Ceremony, Comments

CCTV-5 Coverage Schedule:

Date
Time
Feb. 3
14:00 - 17:55
Feb. 414:35 - 17:55
Feb. 513:35 - 17:55
Feb. 615:05 - 17:55

CCTV-5 Live Stream Address: http://sports.cntv.cn/live/cctv5/
 
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Yes, great stuff, LSW already has the ticket! YEEEAH!

BUT .. ehm .. I have to say ..
This explains only 2 tickets.. But we all know, they will be sending 6 players to WTTC 2015..
So how about the remaining 4 tickets ???

I would think the coaching staff will reserve right to select some if not all of the remaining four players for 2015 WTTC.
 
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You only say that because the big 4 players can be relied upon to consistently beat the other players. If Fan Zhendong went on a losing streak in the trials he would certainly be removed from the running. The same is true for the other players.
 
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These trials are really for the players not named Zhang Jike, Ma Long, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin. If the other players cannot win their way in, then their chances are much lower of getting in if the coaches have to select.

Agree. I would say the Big Four are fighting for honor while the others are fighting for fate.
 
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Agree. I would say the Big Four are fighting for honor while the others are fighting for fate.

Exactly. On the women's side for the 2014 team trials, do people remember that Mu Zi almost qualified, but failed to win her way in. Then the juniors who she beat on her way to the finals were selected over her. That's exactly how it will work here as well. It's very unlikely that those guys won't qualify directly, but someone like Hao Shuai does not have a snowball in hell's chance of getting unless he wins one of the spots.
 
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Previously, the second quarterfinal should be Liang Jingkun vs Zhang Jike, however, now, it has been rearranged. They will play in the third match. Xu Xin and Shang Kun are playing now.

XXu Xin 1:2 Shang Kun (11-8, 7-11, 10-12)
 
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Previously, the second quarterfinal is scheduled to be Liang Jingkun vs Zhang Jike, however, now, it has been rearranged. They will play in the third match. Xu Xin and Shang Kun are playing now.

XXu Xin 2:2 Shang Kun (11-8, 7-11, 10-12, 11-9)
 
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Now,Liang Jingkun vs Zhang Jike has been rearranged again, to the fourth and last match of the men's games today.

Zhang Jike and his coach Xiao Zhan attended CCTV Sports Personality Award Ceremony last night, and only rushed to Zhenjiang this morning. Zhang Jike was nominated Male Athlete of the Year but did not win. Anyway, except for him and Xiao Zhan, all other players have arrived in Zhenjiang at least a day before if not earlier.
 
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