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PostPosted: 12 Jul 2019, 21:17 
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Anyone going (or is already there) at the Australian open, currently being played in Geelong, Australia?

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It's on the other side off the world for me ....
I try to see as much as possible on livestream.

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PostPosted: 13 Jul 2019, 11:35 
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It seems that live streaming is not working for me at the moment, pointing to a page about video rights. Anyone else in Australia have this problem?
Edit: Setting a VPN to USA seemed to fix it, but I don't get why we can't view it from Australia?

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Perhaps one of the Australian broadcast networks or VoD companies bought the rights?

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PostPosted: 14 Jul 2019, 10:52 
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PostPosted: 14 Jul 2019, 11:13 
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A shame to see Mattias Falck go out, I really enjoy watching him. :( :( :(

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If so, then it'd be on Fox. Here it's on Astro, but we don't subscribe to that.

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We went Friday (Day 2 according to ITTF website news). This is the first time I've been to Geelong Stadium. It's conveniently located beside the train station and the set-up is a lot better compared to when they held it several years ago at MSAC (Melbourne). Cost of ticket $22 / person.

For Day 2 afternoon session (6pm to 11pm) we got to see the following matches:
SF of the Mixed Doubles - Mima Ito & Jun Mizutani against Cheng I-Ching & Lin Yin-Ju on Table 1. Table 2 you have Wong Chun Ting & Doo Hoi Kem against Lee Sang-su & Jeon Jihee.
Both played at the same time, both matches won in straight sets.

QF of the Women Singles:
Mima Ito vs. Li Jiayi
Sun Yingsha vs. Sun Mingyang
Ding Ning vs. Zhang Qiang
Kasumi Ishikawa vs. Chen Meng

Mima is so quick on her feet as well as her strokes. She is so creative with her shot execution, those strawberry flicks are amazing! The rallies are incredible, what struck me is the quick preparation these players do to make a good counter.... they just don't put the bat out there, they are moving in position, and using proper body mechanics to create good spin, speed & placement! Ishikawa had a great win against Chen Meng, she had happy tears after that match.

Round 16 of the Men's Singles:
Ma Long vs. Ovtcharov
Fan Zhen Dong vs. Franziska
Liam Pitchford vs. Wang Chuqin
Hugo Calderano vs. Marcos Freitas
Mattias Falck vs. Jang Woojin
Xu Xin vs. Lin Yin-Ju
Lin Gaoyuan vs. Lee Sangsu
Liang JingKun vs. Jonathan Groth

Liam is soooo thin, he needs to build up his muscles, especially the legs. Hugo & Marcos were evenly matched, Hugo did have a lot of luck with regards to net & edges. I know the players toss the ball high, but a lot of them are still hiding it with their arms and they don't get called upon. I specifically wanted to see Mattias Falck, I like the way he plays and he did not disappoint. Karlsson was acting as his coach. He had such a big smile when he won this match and was appreciative of the cheers from the audience. You can hear Ovtcharov grunt when he hits the ball, he does not do it with ALL balls. If I am against someone who grunts like that, I would be put off..... did not bother Ma Long. Groth was injured, you can see that his movement is a bit compromised and he would be clutching his hamstring. Some amazing, super shots were seen. What amazes me most is the quickness and accuracy of their shots.... & getting the speed, spin & being in the correct position to do it requires a great deal of fitness.

We also saw some of the "old" guards acting as coaches eg. Ma Lin, Wang Hao & Kim Taek Soo.
No traffic on the way home, so only took an hour. But driving to the venue was horrendous because of construction work, confounded with the "going home" crowd of commuters. I'm glad we went. Seeing it live and up close does not compare to videos.

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PostPosted: 15 Jul 2019, 15:46 
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Watched the whole of saturday's matches - Men's Quarterfinals, Women's Semifinals and all the Doubles finals.

Was great to meet and watch the pros live. Would be great to be able to have like fan times for autographs and photos.

I wished some of them were able to sign my bat or shirt or something :)

First time at a ITTF event and it was awesome. Great matches especially the win by Patrick over Matthias.


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