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PostPosted: 09 Aug 2016, 03:47 
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Heh.. great evening for table tennis. Two matches going on simultaneously the whole time. Got to watch some really close ones, too - Ovtcharov vs. a Chinese Qatari (!) - this one went to seven games, and was really, really close. Ovtcharov lost concentration a couple times, lost one of the games by a huge margin. I thought that was the best match, but then I came across Lee Sangsu (young Korean guy) vs. Crisan (old Romanian guy, sort of a Chetchine look-alike) - this one also went to 7 games, and deuce to boot. I remember Lee Sangsu from the WTTC, he just attacks a lot, using lots of low-percentage shots, so the rallies were very short. Here he was forced to play more of a control game. Also Lee Ho Ching (Hong Kong) vs. some East European chopper, good display of looping against chop. There was also Zhang Jike playing some guy from Taiwan, didn't watch that one much. Last match I watched was Tiago Apollonia vs. some guy from Slovenia (or might've been Slovakia.. :lol: I need to use a notepad when I watch...). He was down two games when I decided to call it a night. During the Lee - Crisan match you could hear people yell-chanting "Apollonia! Apollonia! Apollonia!" in the background.

I kept looking at the ball to figure out what brand it was... :lol: :lol: Couldn't figure it out. Likewise the nice-looking show tables - in most cases they paint the brand of the table in HUGE letters along the side, so that EVERYONE knows what tables they are, not in this case! The sides sloped downwards, so they had three logos on the fronts of the table. I watched all night to figure out what they were - the two outer ones said Rio2016 (the same logo that was everywhere), the middle logo was pretty much unreadable since it was small and lit. Only late in the Lee - Crisan game was there a close-up shot that revealed it - SanEi. Who???? I'd heard the name before, but... Well, it turns out they make TABLES.

http://www.san-ei.global/

And something called a "wapper".. :lol:

http://gs.san-ei.global/

And they're Japanese, not Chinese. The name, I'm pretty sure, means Three Somethingoranother.

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Wasn't there something about the Butterfly ball being used?

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Yes, so it does.

Watched Li Xiaoxia play against Fukuhara Ai just now. Wow.. looks like Ding Ning vs. Li Xiaoxia again. Wonder why Li Xiaoxia didn't play in the WTTC.. Wonder what she uses on her forehand, it's definitely not one of the Blue-Sponge Specials. Backhand looks very Tenergy-ish (that orange sponge).

On Olympic Highlights they showed clips of some early-round matches - one had me chuckling - two expat Chinese, one from Vanuatu, the other from Congo. One of them (can't remember which) wasn't just an "old fart", he was QUITE elderly.

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iskandar taib wrote:
Wasn't there something about the Butterfly ball being used?

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God, the bfly balls are such trash. Like playing with a rock.


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Everyone should watch the Ovtcharov v. Samsonov match in the quarter finals.

Here are two surprisingly good MSM articles about our sport:
http://www.sbnation.com/2016/8/8/12396730/olympic-table-tennis-tournament-ping-pong-so-so-so-good
http://www.wired.com/2016/08/witness-rise-ping-pong-player-hugo-calderano-breakout-olympic-star/


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Missed that one. And I haven't found a place to watch matches which aren't live yet. Still, it should show up on YouTube eventually.

Ovtcharov vs. Li Ping was a real nailbiter - Ovtcharov barely escaped.

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Zhang Jike - Ma Long had some pretty mind blowing rallies even if the match looked like Zhang threw it. He didn't even look all that perturbed he was losing and then lost 4-0.. nor did Ma lose his s*** like one would expect.

Either way the Olympics gave us some cool matches, but it really is a joke of a tournament.

Ma gets to the gold medal match having played a couple low seed no names, Quadri Aruna, one real game against Jun Mizutani who never beats Ma, and then congratulations, play the guy you train against daily for the Gold.

No wonder they think it's silly. The non-chinese know they're playing for 3rd and the chinese don't feel challenged in the slightest.


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No wonder they think it's silly. The non-chinese know they're playing for 3rd and the chinese don't feel challenged in the slightest.


How does this differ from any other international tournament (with Chinese presence)? :lol:

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Speaking of which:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/18/sport ... china.html

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From that article..
“It’s not a problem,” Thomas Weikert, the president of the International Table Tennis Federation, the sport’s governing body, said last week in an interview. “It’s an issue.”

The article does some nice research into showing just how badly skewed table tennis is in this regard when compared to all the other Olympic sports. Issue, indeed.


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“Of course, it’s difficult for a sport if only one nation is winning,” Weikert said. “But this is not the fault of the Chinese. The others have to practice hard.”

So simple according to Weikert. Other countries are lazy and if they would only practice harder they would win.

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