ITTF World Tour Grand Finals
Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th December
Qualifiers known for ITTF World Tour Grand Finals
Proceedings concluded in Linz at the 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum, bet-at-home.com Austrian Open; the names of the qualifiers for the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals to be staged in Zhengzhou, China from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th December, are now known.
A total of 16 players will compete in each of the men’s singles and women’s singles events, in each of the men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles competitions, it is eight pairs. In the mixed doubles, being a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, only one pair per national association is permitted.
China is very much to the fore; in the men’s singles Xu Xin heads the list; he finishes the year ahead of colleagues Fan Zhendong, Lin Gaoyuan and Ma Long. Lower down the order the names Liang Jingkun and Zhao Zihao appear as does that of Wang Chuqin.
However, following his suspension by the Chinese Table Tennis Association as a result of an incident at the 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum, bet-at-home.com Austrian Open, it is unlikely he will compete; Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting, who ended the year in 17th spot, will no doubt complete the list.
Prevalent in the men’s singles list, China is even more prevalent in the women’s singles order of merit. Sun Yingsha, Chen Meng, Wang Manyu, Chen Xingtong, Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning all appear amongst the list of qualifiers as do Wang Yidi, Zhu Yuling, He Zhoujia and Qian Tianyi.
Meanwhile in the men’s doubles list of qualifiers, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin line up alongside Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan; in the women’s doubles Sun Yingsha and Wang Manyu, in mixed Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen. Notably the latter two pairs were crowned world champions earlier this year in Budapest.
Equally, Japan is strongly represented. Tomokazu Harimoto and Jun Mizutani both appear in the men’s singles qualification list as in the women’s singles do Mima Ito, Miu Hirano, Kasumi Ishikawa and Hitomi Sato.
No men’s doubles representation but in the women’s doubles Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki finish the year at the top of the list, lower down the order in the fifth qualifying position appear the names of Miu Hirano and Saki Shibata. In the mixed doubles Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito form the combination.
Notably it is three events for Xin Xin, the same for Lin Yun-Ju and quite possibly for Wong Chun Ting.
Lin Yun-Ju is the one representative for Chinese Taipei in the men’s singles, in the men’s doubles he lines up alongside Liao Cheng-Ting; in the mixed doubles he partners Cheng I-Ching. Also from Chinese Taipei, Cheng I-Ching appears in the women’s singles list, Chen Chien-An and Chuang Chih-Yuan in the men’s doubles, Chen Szu-Yu and Cheng Hsien-Tzu in the women’s doubles.
Similarly, Wong Chun Ting partners Ho Kwan Kit in the men’s doubles, Doo Hoi Kem in the mixed doubles. Additionally from Hong Kong, Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching alongside Ng Wing Nam and Minnie Soo Wai Yam complete the women’s doubles top eight names.
Strong representation from China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and Japan; it is the same from Korea Republic. They are represented in four events. Jeoung Youngsik finished the year in 15th place in the men’s singles and in top spot alongside Lee Sangsu in the men’s doubles. Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun concluded matters in second position in the women’s doubles, Cho Daeseong and Shin Yubin in fifth place in the mixed doubles.
Five Asian national associations represented in the Grand Finals, there is one more; on the women’s singles standings, Singapore’s Feng Tanwei ended the year 12th position.
Detailed List: ITTF World Tour Grand Finals List