2019 ITTF-ATTU Asian Championships
Yogyakarta,Wednesday 11th September
Intentions clear, China presents awesome selection
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games; that is the prize for the winners of the men’s and women’s team events at the forthcoming 2019 ITTF-Asian Championships, play commencing Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Sunday 15th September.
China, the defending champions, successful two years ago in Wuxi, they are taking no chances. They reserve the top seeded positions; the line-up is mind blowing.
Ma Long may be absent but the combination of Xu Xin, Fan Zhendong, Lin Gaoyuan and Liang Jingkun alongside Wang Chuqin is awesome; it is no different for women. Chen Meng, Ding Ning, Liu Shiwen, Wang Manyu and Sun Yingsha form the outfit. Zhu Yuling is included in the doubles.
In the men’s singles, Xu Xin is the top seed followed by Fan Zhendong, Lin Gaoyuan and Tomokazu Harimoto, Liang Jingkun, Lin Yun-Ju, Jang Woojin and Wong Chun Ting.
All are names to watch but eyes focus very much on teenagers Tomokazu Harimoto and Lin Yun-Jun as to whether they can make an impact. Notably there is no Jun Mizutani in the Japanese selection; Tomokazu Harimoto is supported by brothers Maharu and Kazuhiro Yoshimura with Yukiya Uda and Takuya Jin completing the selection.
Japan reserves the no.4 seeded position in the men’s team event; the no.2 berth is in the hands of the Korea Republic. Jang Woojin joins forces with An Jaehyun, Jeong Youngsik, Lee Sangsu and Kim Minhyeok. Next in line is Chinese Taipei, Lin Yun-Ju allying with Chen Chien-An, Pang Wang-Wei and Wang Tai-Wei.
In the women’s singles, the top five places are filled by the Chinese team, Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa and Miu Hirano, the unexpected women’s singles winner two years ago in Wuxi, are next on the list with Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching being the no.8 seed.
Notably Mima Ito is not named in the Japanese women’s team. The no.2 seeds, Saki Shibata, Miyu Kato, Hitomi Sato join Kasumi Ishikawa and Miu Hirano. Hong Kong occupies the no.3 seeded spot pursued by the Korea Republic. The Hong Kong selection reads Doo Hoi Kem, Chau Wing Sze, Lee Ho Ching, Minnie Soo Wai Yam and Zhu Chengzhu; for Korea Republic the squad is Suh Hyowon, Yang Haeun, Shin Yubin, Lee Eunhye and Jeon Jihee.
Number one spots for China, it is the very same in the doubles events. Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin, crowned world champions in 2017 in Düsseldorf, occupy the top seeded men’s doubles spot; likewise partnering Liu Shiwen, Xu Xin enjoys the same mixed doubles status.
Next in line to Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin is the pairing of Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan, followed by Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu; Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting and Ho Kwan Kit complete the top four pairs.
Meanwhile, in the mixed doubles competition, Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching reserve the no.2 seeded spot; next on the list are Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha, the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games gold medallists. They are followed by Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem, winners in Incheon at the 2018 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals.
Meanwhile, in the women’s doubles event, China is to the fore. Chen Meng and Wang Manyu occupy the top seeded position followed by Ding Ning and Zhu Yuling. Miu Hirano and Kasumi Ishikawa pursued by Doo Hoi Kem and Lee Ho Ching complete the top four pairs.
Play begins with the team events.
Editor: Ian Marshall
Photo Credit: ITTF