Ding, the player who has won it all, took a first step towards the T2 crown with a clinical win over her younger compatriot He Zhuojia. Ding showed she’s not ready to yield to up-and-coming brigade as she displayed an array of shots that proved too much for He. Despite dropping the second game, Ding was always in control, even if her trademark tomahawk serve didn’t quite work on a couple of occasions.
We obviously train and play each other and are familiar with each other’s game, so I knew what I needed to do to prepare against her. Next up against Sun Yingsha, I shall just relax and enjoy the battle.
I really love the T2 setting. The arena is like a stage and players become performers… it is so exciting to be part of this. I just went out and played every point as best as I could.
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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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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