Japanese League - T.League 2021/2022

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A new season of Japanese T League started September 9, 2021. This season will see some new faces ( https://tleague.jp/player/ ) including Lily Zhang and Shin Yubin. The Red Elves should be as strong as ever with Miyu Nagasaki switching to from Abyell. A rocky start though for our favorite Red Elf, Hina Hayata, with 0-3 losses to Minami Ando and Miyuu Kihara. She's the face of the league now, but perhaps she's tired from the WTTC trials? Anyway, looking forward to an exciting season.
 
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I'm very excited that my coach Hideyoshi OYA joined the T-League. He's in Okayama Rivets roster.

Although he's at the moment mainly a training partner, he says they promised him he'll make at least one appearance this year, and perhaps more if he can regain his prior form
 
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Harimoto isn't playing in T-League anymore?

https://tleague.jp/news/detail.php?id=1561

(via Google Translate)

Contracted players (paid on October 14, 2021)

We would like to inform you that the following player contracts have been decided for the T-League.

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? Kinoshita Meister Tokyo

Tomokazu Harimoto (Tomokazu Harimoto)

Hokuto Koriyama (Hokuto Kooriyama)

 
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Some random thoughts on T League

After the 2022 All Japan Championship, Hina Hayata lost her first match against Satsuki Odo but has redeemed herself with wins over Kasumi Kimura, Saki Yokoi, and Honoka Hashimoto.

The Japanese women in general are getting stronger and stronger. Even highly ranked foreign players do not do so well in T League despite most of them being designated as ace players due to their high world ranking:

Feng Tianwei WR#9 2-3
Han Ying WR#21 6-11 (including a loss to 13 yr old Miwa Harimoto)
Yu Mengyu WR#25 2-4
Shan Xiaonia WR#27 0-3

On the men's side, the best player might actually be Hao Shuai of the CNT. He has a 10-2 record and his 2 losses were single game victory matches. Koki Niwa, on the other hand, has been sliding. He has a 5-7 record. Last year's All Japan Junior champion, Kazuki Hamada, in his very 1st match as a T League Pro, beat Koki Niwa 3-1. Hamada at the All Japan lost to veteran Jin Ueda in 7 games in the round of 64 but already has an excellent start to his pro career. So Japan actually has some good young talent: Sora Matsushima, Hiroto Shinozuka, Ryoichi Yoshiyama, Kazuki Hamada in addition to the more established Uda, Togami, and Harimoto.
 
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