Qualifying for the WTTC

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Last updated 9 years ago

Oliver

Oliver Asked 9 years ago

Hi Coaches,

I don't mean to sound judgemental or offensive, but I saw a video of the WTTC today, and I honestly thought that me and another person of similar level could easily 4-0 some of the people there. How come they can compete?


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Oliver,

You must be a good level.  There may be players from some developing countries that aren't at the level of the top players.  However, they are probably still good players, just when they have to play top players they may look like they make simple mistakes.


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dody dola

dody dola Posted 9 years ago

how can i take part in these events and what is the qualifications to do that ??

 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

You usually have to qualify through your National association.  Only a couple of players from each country are allowed to play.


Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Posted 9 years ago

I thought the 2 player a country rule was for the olympics.  Isn't that why the WTTC is more difficult to win than the Olympics?  Because there are so many Chinese players in the draw? 


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Ji-Soo,

This is the rule.  It is more than a couple but there is a limit.

In singles, an Association may enter 5 men and 5 women, with 1 additional player in the appropriate event for each player in the first 20 places in the No.1 issue of the ITTF World Ranking list in 2013 up to a limit of 2 additional men and 2 additional women in singles, and a total of 3 men and 3 women pairs in the doubles and 3 pairs in the mixed doubles. All players may be different.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

There were 449 entered in the Men's singles and 352 in the Women's singles.


Ji-Soo Woo

Ji-Soo Woo Posted 9 years ago

very interesting.  Big surprise for me was that Korea didn't send its three best players.  I heard that it was because they wanted to give their youngsters some experience, but by the rules it looks like they could have sent up to 2 additional male players as long as they are in the top 20, and I'm sure Joo, Oh and Ryu are all in the top 20.


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Yes that is surprising.


Justin O'Toole

Justin O'Toole Posted 9 years ago

I think this is all very interesting. Some of the Oceania players are good but not as good as the Chinese, Korean's, Japanese, Germans and many European players. Has anyone heard of Joshua Singh from Vanuatu. I met him at the Oceania 2006 championships here in Australia.

Some country's players qualify but are very weak against countries AUT, GER, KOR, JPN, China and a few other nations. These Lower level professionals from these countries can still beat the very best amateurs.

Alois where do the Australian players fit into all of this and how good are they against the worlds top player-countries?

 


Oliver

Oliver Posted 9 years ago

Hmm... Alois I think I see your point because I have seen a lot of Australia's best play such as William Henzell and noticed how well he did against some of the others but I guess against players like Ma Long and Zhang Jike he doesn't stand much of a chance eh? But then again he did quite well against Samsonov and Wang Liqin so you may never know...


Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

Hi Justin,

I know Yoshua Shing.  He is a talented player from Vanuatu.  They do not get many opportunities there so we always need to consider players background.

I think one of the greta things about this World Championships is the number and variety of players showing one of the real strengths of our game.

The Australian players are not at the top of the World but some do very well considering the distance away for the main competition in the World.



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