World Table Tennis Star Contender Doha 2021

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World Table Tennis now moves into it's second event of the year, Star Contender Doha! Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Mima Ito both won the Contender in Doha, who's going to be crowed this weeks star contender champion!? This topic is for the star contender event. For all info on the contender event click here.

The WTT Star Contender Doha has a prize pool of $400,000!

Date: 5th Mar to 13 Mar 2021

Draw here.

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The Contender winner Dimitrj Ovtcharov enters as the number 6 seed. Photo via ITTF Flickr


Men's Singles

01) Tomokazu Harimoto
02) Hugo Calderano
03) Lin Yun-Ju
04) Mattias Falck
05) Jang Woojin
06) Dimitrij Ovtcharov
07) Jeoung Youngsik
08) Liam Pitchford
09) Patrick Franziska
10) Koki Niwa
11) Jun Mizutani
12) Simon Gauzy
13) Quadri Aruna
14) Lee Sangsu
15) Robert Gardos
16) Marcos Freitas

Full entries here.


Women's Singles

01) Mima Ito
02) Cheng I-Ching
03) Kasumi Ishikawa
04) Miu Hirano
05) Feng Tianwei
06) Jeon Jihee
07) Adriana Diaz
08) Hyowon Suh
09) Ying Han
10) Chen Szu-Yu
11) Bernadette Szocs
12) Britt Eerland
13) Hina Hayata
14) Lily Zhang
15) Margaryta Pesotska
16) Elizabeta Samara

Full entries here.

A fantastic tournament to follow, be sure to get involved in the TTD discussions. We can use this topic as a means to display all the latest results, videos and news from this World Table Tennis event! What are your predictions for the men's and women's singles?
 
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Just to add to the recent confusion about the seedings and draws.

Last week there were 91 participants in the men's qualification events and judging from the draw, the top 32 ranked players were seeded.
This week: 64 participants and only 8 (!) of those looks to be seeded.

Does anybody know if this actually a part of the new rules (which would be really weird in my opinion)?

Or if WTT is just making up the rules as they go along???
 
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So do seeds 1-4 follow a snake format or are seeds 3 and 4 seeded randomly? That seems to be the case for the men's and women's even in both WTT Contender and WTT Star Contender, or is it just lucky coincidence?
 
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I feel like they should be distinguishing at least between top 16 seeds and lower seeds, since all the players getting first round byes seem to be higher ranked
 
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I don't know if they do it on purpose but uploading the highlight of the match 24 hours later on youtube and relying on website click is not a true direction if ITTF desires more recognition across the world. Either they should upload yt videos frequently or let the outsources such as ttlondon2012, Malong fandmade, tt11tv,etc.. do their own highlight videos without copyright issues

 
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