A rollercoaster of a match, which gave a full display of the excitement and new dimension that T2 Diamond has introduced to table tennis. Sun motored to a 2-0 lead and there was nothing to suggest she would not go on to complete a straightforward win. But that was when Ito found her range and proceeded to peg her Chinese opponent back, taking the next two and looked on the ascendency against a player her same age. Truly nothing to choose in the end as the first two FAST5 games were split, and both fought to the very last point. Either would have been a worthy winner.
We both gave it our all. Fortune favoured me this time, as she got to match point first and was serving for the final point. I’m always happy to play her because I always end up learning so many new things. We’re both of the same age, so I guess that’s why the matches take on special meaning. This tournament was significant as I learned so much about handling the big points.
Although I lost, I truly enjoyed this game. Sun has plenty of new techniques that I’m able to learn from and continue to improve my game. The T2 format truly sharpens my mental strength as you can’t afford any mistakes in the FAST5.
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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