There was no doubt the fans at the T2Cavern were cheering more for Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto who came into this match with a 4-1 career head-to-head record against Wong Chun Ting. Perhaps that was what spurred Wong to raise his game against his teenage opponent, who is already a World Tour Grand Final winner. Wong kept his error-count low, which pressured Harimoto into taking more chances with his shots. Crucially, Wong took 3-1 lead after the regulation 24 minutes, with the match going into deciding FAST5 games. Harimoto needed to win three consecutive FAST5 games to stay alive in the tournament but could only manage one, as Wong recorded the biggest upset of Day 1.
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.
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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.
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