A gulf of just over 270 places separate the two players in World Rankings but host exemption Chew gave his illustrious opponent a real scare. After a tentative start, Chew kept his composure to pull level, winning the second game handily. Harimoto stormed back to take the third game but the Singaporean fought to 10-10 in the fourth before losing. The FAST5 provided no reprieve for Chew who can be proud of this outing..
*denotes FAST5 game
It was great to be in this tournament in the company of the world’s best players. I had nothing to lose so I just went out and did my best. Tomo is very experienced and he handled the big points better.
I knew playing a local favourite would be tough but I made sure to do my research and find out more about him before the match. T2 is an exciting format and I want to do my best to make sure the audience enjoy the best of table-tennis action.
About T2 Diamond Table Tennis League (T2 Diamond):
T2 Diamond Table Tennis League is the most prestigious series of annual professional events organised in collaboration with the International Table Tennis Federation. T2 Diamond 2019 will feature 32 of the world’s best men’s and women’s players competing across three tournaments for a combined prize purse of USD 1.5 million, and bonus ITTF World Ranking points as they battle their way to 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualification. The revolutionary league employs a unique competition format and various other innovations that catapult table tennis into a truly entertaining spectator sport, whilst providing players with the ultimate environment in which to compete and excel.
Headquartered in Singapore, with offices in Shanghai, Tokyo and Chicago, T2 Diamond is committed to unlocking the true commercial potential of table tennis by expanding its appeal through its high quality, immersive content and venue experience.
Find out more about T2 Diamond at www.t2diamond.com
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About International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF):
The International Table Tennis Federation is the global governing body of Table Tennis. Affiliated to six Continental and 226 National Associations, the ITTF coordinates over 100 international events per year and has long been represented at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In accordance with its Strategic Plan, the ITTF is fully committed to growing the sport in five key areas: Organisation & Governance, High Performance & Development, International Events, Promotion and Revenue.
Find out more about the International Table Tennis Federation at ITTF.com.
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