For a second straight match, the FAST5 provided the route to victory to Wang. Despite an inferior head-to-head record against Wang, Chen settled down faster and took two of the three games played in the regulation 24 minutes as both players thrilled the fans with exciting exchanges. The FAST5 proved the difference as Wang took charge, allowing Chen only two points over the three shortened games that she won to wrap up the match.
The tempo of the match picked up a lot in the FAST5 and I could feel the pressure on every point. It’s refreshing to play in T2 and to face the challenge laid down by the different format.
I was slow to get into rhythm and didn’t react fast enough in the early going. But it looks like FAST5 has come to my rescue twice now and those who have had the experience from 2017 will have a slight advantage.
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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