HOUSTON, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) – Four of China’s five elite athletes, including world number 1 Fan Zhendong, will share a star-studded top half of the men’s singles after the draw for the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships here on Sunday.
Fan, who participated in the draw ceremony with the newly crowned Olympic women’s singles champion Chen Meng, will be joined by fifth-seeded Lin Gaoyuan, sixth-seeded Liang Jingkun and another compatriot Wang Chuqin in the top half.
Japanese teenage sensation Tomokazu Harimoto joins rising Chinese Taipei star Lin Yun Ju, second Swedish Mattias Falck 2019 and German table tennis evergreen Timo Boll in the opposite half.
In the women’s singles draw, world No. 1 Chen, fourth seed Wang Manyu and their teammate Chen Xingtong are in the top half, while China’s 2nd player in the world Sun Yingsha joins another compatriot Wang Yidi, and world No. 3 Mima Ito from Japan in the opposite half. of the lottery.
China’s Liang Jingkun / Lin Gaoyuan leads the men’s doubles competition, with compatriots Fan Zhendong / Wang Chuqin, as well as 2019 runner-up Alvaro Robles from Spain pairing with Romania’s Ovidiu Ionescu, placed in the same half of the draw.
South Korea’s Jeon Jihee / Shin Yubin, the top-seeded pair in the women’s doubles draw, and third-seeded Nina Mittelham / Sabine Winter from Germany occupy 1st and 32nd place in the top half. At the same time, defending champions Sun Yingsha / Wang Manyu and Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa / Miu Hirano, seeded second, are placed on the opposite half.
It is not easy to hold such a tournament during the pandemic, Fan said after drawing lots and adding that he expects all players to appreciate the opportunity to strive for the best results.
Chen said it’s a pleasure to play against the world’s best players in the world table tennis championships.
“All players are very strong and I wish everyone could get the best result,” she said.
The 2021 Table Tennis World Championships will take place November 23-29 in Houston. This will be the first time the tournament is held in the United States.