Miyu Kato’s giant-killing run came to a stop as she found Zhu Yuling simply too good on the day. Japan’s flagbearer in this tournament could not cope with her opponent’s deceptive serves and sharp returns as Zhu quickly took control and never let-up. Kato even saw her Tomahawk serve sent back with interest. Game 3 saw the final point go to video referral as the umpire asked for a second look at whether the ball grazed the table and away from Kato’s reach. This new feature from the ITTF Innovation Lab proved without a doubt the ball caught the merest of edges as Kato went 3-0 down. Zhu gave Kato no chance of a fightback as the Chinese player completed victory within 24 minutes.
She had beaten two very good opponents in the previous rounds so I placed myself in the mindset to challenge her instead of thinking I’m the favourite.
Her serves and receives were very sharp and I couldn’t cope with that, which is why I lost today. The atmosphere here at the T2Cavern is superb and I hope to be back.
About International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF):
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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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