JTTA: Selection System to be Revamped for Paris 2024

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Speaking of which, what is Hamamoto Yui up to? She has gone silent for a good while...
 
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A Weibo user wondered about the same thing last September.
https://weibo.com/5651532453/NjjWH2e30

One reason I'm curious is because Hamamoto is 1 of only 6 non-CNT players (4 from Japan) to have defeated SYS.

SYS
0 H2H 1 Soo Wai Yam
JGT 1-3 Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open 2016

2 H2H 1 Cheng I-Ching
QF 3-0 WTT CS Macao 2022
R16 4-1 T2 Diamond Singapore 2019
QF 2-4 German Open 2018

7 H2H 1 Ishikawa Kasumi
QF 3-0 WTT CF 2022
QF 4-0 World Cup 2020
R16 4-0 German Open 2020
SF 4-0 Australian Open 2019
QF 4-3 Korea Open 2019
R16 4-0 Japan Open 2019
R32 4-0 Qatar Open 2019
R16 1-4 Korean Open 2018

0 H2H 1 Hamamoto Yui
R32 3-4 China Open 2018

4 H2H 1 Hirano Miu
F 3-4 WTT CT Zagreb 2023
JGS F 4-1 Buenos Aires 2018
XT F 3-2 Buenos Aires 2018
JGT 3-0 Asian Junior & Cadet Championships 2016
CGT 3-0 Asian Junior & Cadet Championships 2014

9 H2H 2 Ito Mima
QF 3-1 WTT CS Xinxiang 2023
WT F 3-1 Tokyo 2020
SF 4-0 Tokyo 2020
SF 4-2 World Cup 2020
F 4-3 T2 Diamond Singapore 2019
WT F 3-2 TWC 2019
F 4-1 German Open 2019
SF 2-4 Swedish Open 2019
R32 4-1 WTTC 2019
R16 4-3 German Open 2018
CGT 2-3 Asian Junior & Cadet Championships 2014

https://weibo.com/6355176066/MxJzuovlE
 
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It’s also a cultural thing. More than in western countries, Japanese women want to find a husband , make babies and become housewives.

there was a girl at amateur level , she was training a lot as I saw her regularly where I go. She won the Tokyo open in 30yo category. Then she got married. I know she got at least 1 kid and has never touched a racket since she got married. (Child must be at least 5-6 now)

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Where is Hamamoto indeed ? I liked her a lot
 
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Doubt we will hear anything until 2026 when she's eligible, if that. Otherwise we can safely assume that she quit table tennis for personal/practical reasons. What a waste of good talent, both for Japan and Austria. She showed good promise in 2019 after switching associations.

3-4 Feng Yalan Hong Kong Open 2019

2-4 Wang Manyu Swedish Open 2019

Video of Hamamoto Yui practising with Miwa for T-league in 2022
 
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there are rumors of marriage, and/or changed nationality

nationality we know its pretty much more likely.
Japan doesn't allow dual citizenship, so she would have to revoke her Japanese citizenship and thus deemed her ineligible as a local player for her Japanese club. (then does she join as an overseas player if her overseas passport isn't finalized?)
but if that was the case, she would play more in Europe
so, indeed interesting
 
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If it were China, they would've put Hayata in the center, Hirano and Ito to her left and right, and Kihara on the far left and Harimoto on the far right.

TWC 2019
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Aha! TV Tokyo is good at analogies...

Tokyo 2020
Projection: LSW/CM/SYS
Reality: CM/SYS/WMY

Paris 2024
Projection: Ito/Hayata/Hirano
Reality: Hayata/Hirano/Harimoto

https://youtu.be/Qd5HokBr04A?t=445
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Aha! TV Tokyo is good at analogies...

Tokyo 2020
Projection: LSW/CM/SYS
Reality: CM/SYS/WMY

Paris 2024
Projection: Ito/Hayata/Hirano
Reality: Hayata/Hirano/Harimoto

https://youtu.be/Qd5HokBr04A?t=445

If my piecemeal Japanese is right, Mizutani considers Hayata the ace due to her victories over Chugoku players, which in reality has only been the no. 4 player. By the same logic however, Hirano's honourable mention was the shashinn they took years back? Lol.
 
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Ito is a goner...

In the exclusive interview with TV Tokyo after the 3rd member was announced on 2/5 (Human Action in Minna no Sports that aired on 2/10), Ito revealed that she had decided to participate in WTTC 2024 regardless of the selection, and the reason is that she thinks the other members have little WT experience despite being experienced, and therefore she wants to be the one to lead them.
 
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Ito is a goner...

In the exclusive interview with TV Tokyo after the 3rd member was announced on 2/5 (Human Action in Minna no Sports that aired on 2/10), Ito revealed that she had decided to participate in WTTC 2024 regardless of the selection, and the reason is that she thinks the other members have little WT experience despite being experienced, and therefore she wants to be the one to lead them.
She needs to find a reason to remain delusional. Lack of tact can ruin anyone.
 
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Feb 13 2024 ranking published:

Ito's ranking slips to 14.
Kihara moves up by 1 to 24.
Hayata, Harimoto, and Hirano remain at 5, 16, and 18 respectively.

Last time Ito was ranked outside the top 10 was in August 2017.

More concerningly, Hirano has ranked outside the top 10 this entire cycle. Highest ranking was 12 from April to November 2021. Last time Hirano ranked inside the top 10 was October 2019. Is it even realistic for her to aim for a top 4 seed at the Olympics?
 
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Feb 13 2024 ranking published:

Ito's ranking slips to 14.
Kihara moves up by 1 to 24.
Hayata, Harimoto, and Hirano remain at 5, 16, and 18 respectively.

Last time Ito was ranked outside the top 10 was in August 2017.

More concerningly, Hirano has ranked outside the top 10 this entire cycle. Highest ranking was 12 from April to November 2021. Last time Hirano ranked inside the top 10 was October 2019. Is it even realistic for her to aim for a top 4 seed at the Olympics?
Moreover...
There are even bigger deductions ahead for Ito and Hirano...March-April for Ito (-175-90+70), for Hirano March-April (-210-175-55+35+15)
Moreover, Ito has only 70 points as a substitute, and Hirano has 50 points
And at the next tournament in Singapore (March) all the leading Chinese women are announced...
 
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Ito is a goner...

In the exclusive interview with TV Tokyo after the 3rd member was announced on 2/5 (Human Action in Minna no Sports that aired on 2/10), Ito revealed that she had decided to participate in WTTC 2024 regardless of the selection, and the reason is that she thinks the other members have little WT experience despite being experienced, and therefore she wants to be the one to lead them.
Next episode is on Hairmoto's 2 points at WTTC 2022 (Human Action in Minna no Sports that aired on 2/11). Very interesting insights from 5 witnesses.

Minna no Sports 2024/2/10
Minna no Sports 2024/2/11
 
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Ito Jota at it again with his weird logic. See how Hirano handles being the oldest for WTTC 2024 and the only one with Olympic experience.

The fact is Ito's age (as well as her ailing body) doesn't leave any room for her to be selected as the reserve player. She would've earned more praise had she just cut the chase and got to the point. Just admit that she doesn't have the youth and the results and it would've been the end of it.

【卓球】23歳が最年長の女子日本代表 平野美宇「不安なこともあると思う」15歳で初選出の張本美和へ気づかい
https://news.ntv.co.jp/category/sports/8d105a2016b7409fa5a05c4c82e8495d
特に張本選手は15歳で代表初選出。「プレーも本当に大人顔負けだと思う」と五輪でもともに戦う仲間をたたえつつ、「私が初めて世界選手権に出たときも15歳。きっとそのときの私よりもしっかりしているけれど、不安なこともあると思う。なにかあったらなにか言ってあげられるように自分もしっかりしたい」と先輩としての決意を示しました。
In particular, Harimoto is selected as the represetative for the first time at the age of 15. "I think her play is really comparable to that of adults," Hirano said, praising her teammates who will compete alongside her at the Olympics. "I was 15 when I first competed in the WTTC. I'm sure she is more solid than I was then, but there could be concerns. I want to do my best so that I can give you pointers when something happens," she said, showing her determination as a senior.

「自分が唯一の五輪経験者」パリ五輪代表・平野美宇 打倒・中国&金メダル獲得へ女子代表をリードする覚悟
https://news.ntv.co.jp/category/sports/e4daf35d6523497ba0126709da937a91
平野選手は東京五輪での団体戦に続き2大会連続2度目の五輪出場。一方で早田選手、張本選手は今回が初の五輪出場となります。「私が唯一五輪に1回出ている経験者なので、自分がしっかりして、自分を頼ってもらえるようにしないといけない」と日本女子卓球代表を先導する覚悟を口にしました。
This is Hirano's second consecutive Olympic appearance, following her participation in the team event at the Tokyo Olympics. On the other hand, Hayata and Harimoto will be participating in the Olympics for the first time. "I'm the only one who has played in the Olympics once, so I have to do my best and make sure people can rely on me," she said of her determination to lead the Japanese women's table tennis representatives.

平野美宇「まさか」唯一の五輪経験者となり自覚「新しい風に」代表入り15歳張本美和に敬意「私よりしっかりしてる」
https://www.daily.co.jp/general/2024/02/05/0017301648.shtml
東京五輪メダリストの伊藤美誠(23)=スターツ=は落選し、3大会連続出場が消滅した。これで東京五輪団体銀メダルに続き、初のシングルス代表となった平野は唯一の五輪経験者となるが、「たぶん私よりも早田選手も張本選手もしっかりしている。また新しい日本チームをお見せできるんじゃないかと思うので、(過去大会とは違う)新しい風になれるように3人一丸となって頑張りたい」と意気込みを語った。

 東京五輪でともに戦った石川佳純さんが昨年引退し、日本女子をけん引してきた同学年の伊藤も落選となった。平野は都内で会見に出席したが、「まさか自分だけが(五輪)経験者になるとは思わなかった」と率直に語りつつ、「でも張本選手も早田選手もすごく強くて、本当にしっかりされているので、私がどれだけしっかりしていけるか(がカギ)だと思っている」と、初出場の2人への敬意を強調。「前回は石川選手や伊藤選手に頼っていたところもあったが、今回は(石川さんが引退して)伊藤選手もいないので、自分ができるだけしっかりして。張本選手もしっかりしているが、少しでも不安があったら(自分に)頼ってもらえるようにしたい」と、年長者としての自覚をにじませた。

 会見に同席した張本は「私は一番最年少で年下だが、早田選手、平野選手の先輩方をしっかり見習って、(日本代表として)恥じないようにチームになじんでいけたらいいなって思う」と初々しく語った。
Tokyo Olympics medalist Ito Mima (23) =Starts= lost out, ending her third consecutive appearance in the tournament. This marks Hirano's first singles appearance following her silver medal in WT at the Tokyo Olympics, making her the only person with Olympic experience, but she says, "Both Hayata and Harimoto are probably more solid than I am. I think we'll be able to display a new Team Japan (different from past tournaments), so I want the 3 of us to work together to create new wind," she said with enthusiasm.

Ishikawa Kasumi, who competed with her at the Tokyo Olympics, retired last year, and Ito, who is the same age has been leading Japan's women, also missed out. Hirano attended a press conference in Tokyo and frankly said, "I never thought I would be the only one with (Olympic) experience," adding, "but both Harimoto and Hayata are very strong and worked really hard. I think (the key) is how well I can do it," she said, emphasizing her respect for the 2 players who are competing for the first time. "Last time, I relied on Ishikawa and Ito, but this time Ito is gone (Ishikawa retired), so I'm doing my best as much as possible. Harimoto is also doing well, but I hope I can be relied upon if she has any concerns," she said, showing her awareness as an elder.

Harimoto, who was present at the press conference, said, "I'm the youngest in age and lowest in seniority, but I hope I can follow the example of my seniors, Hayata and Hirano, and fit in with the team so I don't feel embarrassed (as a member of the Japan's representatives)," she said innocently.
 
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