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Expectations for the World Table Tennis Championships 2021
The World Table Tennis 2021 Championships are set to begin this November 24th and it will bring the best players of the world into the biggest stage. Fans are expecting more from them as they battle for the glory of the WTTC 2021.
As far as the World Table Tennis 2021 scene goes, fans have seen a lot of action from the best stars in the Tokyo Games. There were a lot of intense games back then and most have given their best to win the gold medal.
While the Games were short, the World Table Tennis Championship 2021 offers a chance for many players. This is what makes the competition a much bigger tourney since there are a lot of hungry players who did not get the most of their chances in the Tokyo Games.
It is easy to expect that there would be hyped games and intense matches. This is important to watch since there are match-ups that most fans won’t expect to happen. They would not want to miss a single match.
Sportsbet.io plots out the big storylines that fans can expect in the World Table Tennis 2021 schedule:
A huge event filled with excitement
World Table Tennis Championship 2021 tickets are still on sale and every fan is ecstatic to watch the event live. Players from all over the world are keen to take part and showcase their skills in this glorious tournament where they can get a chance to make history. It will take place from November 23 to 29 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.
This event is much bigger than most fans think. The year 2021 marks the first time that the WTTC will be held in the Americas and will celebrate the 50th year of Ping Pong Diplomacy. This is a huge event that no fan would want to miss simply because it will be a landmark in the history of the sport.
The flagship event of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) will field a total of 128 players (Men and Women). There will also be 64 pairs in each of the doubles contests (Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles) and all of them will play in a straight knockout stage.
Players are set to play in the rounds of 128, 64, 32 and 16 in the first four days. Those who will advance to the Quarterfinals will play on the fifth day and will move on to the semis on the sixth day. The doubles’ final will be played as the last match for the day.
Women and Men’s doubles will headline the first set of matches on the seventh day followed by an awarding for the doubles category. The final for the Men and Women’s singles will be held in the evening followed by the last award ceremony to wrap up the event.
Bigger rivalry games
There are a lot of big names who are going to play in the World Table Tennis 2021. As it was in recent years, China will most likely be the top country to take a large portion of medals in the competition.
China has a total of 140 gold medals in the tourney. They are followed by Hungary’s 68. This just shows how far the nation has gone when it comes to winning medals, and they are not done just yet.
After all, most of the World Table Tennis 2021 players are eager to chase bigger wins in this tourney. Japan was the only team aside from China to score a gold medal at the Tokyo Games, so it makes sense that other nations would try their best to beat the team that won the tourney over the years.
The trophies are up for grabs and fans can expect a bigger tourney with a lot of contenders in play. All three of China’s top stars - Ma Long, Xu Xin, and Liu Shiwen - who have made history in the tourney are out for this year’s edition.
Betting odds are on par for most nations
With China being nerfed for the tourney, it is safe to say that the medals will be contested by every top country in play. Nations such as Japan, India, Germany, South Korea and many other teams will try to prove their worth as winners.
On that note, the World Table Tennis 2021 odds on Sportsbet.io might change a lot for many punters. Since China is usually the top pick when it comes to this tourney, and having a smaller lineup for the nation means that the punters may opt to pick players from other countries to win instead.
Teams will be aggressive at this point. For starters, Japan has proven its claim as one of the best teams to contend against China, and there is no doubt that Tomokazu Harimoto and Mima Ito will seize this chance to break away and claim medals.
Aside from Japan, countries such as Germany, India and Korea will most likely try to make a deep push in the contest as well. This means a lot for their chances to break through and make history in the tourney.
Fans are encouraged to expect the unexpected since the tourney will take on a different story in this year’s edition. There are a lot of storylines for this year’s edition of the WTTC, and most fans hope to see the chance of a lifetime as players give out their best to win at the biggest stage.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores