Spanish Open Champions Increased Their Chances To Advance To The Ittf Pro Tour Grand Finals

Spanish Open champions increased their chances to advance to the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals
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The ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals will be held later this year, November 24-27, 2011 in the Excel Arena in London. Recently, Korean Oh Sang Eun and Sayaka Hirano of Japan increased their chances in qualifying for such prestigious Grand Finals after nailing the men’s and women’s singles championships respectively.

The ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals is an annual TT event held usually later of the year which includes six tournaments – men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and U21 men’s and women’s singles. Players should get qualified by accumulating the most number of ITTF points and by playing in six ITTF Pro Tournaments before they can compete for the prize money of 365,000 USD.

In the men’s singles, Korean Oh Sang Eun, currently ranked number 14 moved closer to the Grand Finals after earning additional points in the just concluded Spanish Open in Almeria. Along with Oh Sang Eun is his compatriot Ryu Seung Min, currently world’s eleventh, who despite losing in the opening rounds in Almeria still contends for the Grand Finals. Another Korean, Lee Sang Su, although listed in seventh for the race to the Grand Finals – higher than Oh Sang Eun and Ryu Seung Min, has yet to meet the basic qualifications after playing in just four Pro Tournaments.

Xu Xin of China still on top of the list for the race to the Grand Finals in the men’s singles division. While other Chinese players Wang Hao, Zhang Jike, Ma Lin and Chen Qi, and the German Timo Boll, the highest listed European for the race, try to occupy the top spot.

In the women’s singles division, the recently proclaimed champion in Almeria, Japanese Sayaka Hirano, listed in number 7 for the race, also moved closer to get qualified for the Grand Finals. Along with Hirano, Korean paddlers Kim Kyung Ah, Yang Ha Eun, Park Mi Young, and Seok Ha Jung have also met the basic qualifications to the Grand Finals, occupying the 9th, 11th, 12th, and 16th spots on the list for the race respectively.

Meanwhile, Chinese paddlers, Ding Ning tops the list for the race to the Grand Finals followed by Guo Yan, Wu Yang, Liu Shiwen, and Li Xiaoxia in the women's division.

In the men’s doubles, the Japanese pair, listed ninth for the race, Kenta Matsudaira and Koki Niwa, and the Turkish pair, listed 17th for the race, Li Ahmet and Bora Vang, both get qualified for the men’s doubles in the Grand finals. Again, Chinese pair Wang Liqin and Xu Xin maintained the top spot for the race to the Grand Finals Men's Doubles.

In the women’s doubles, Korean posted another progress with the partnership of Seok Ha Jung and Yang Ha Eun now in third spot and now qualified for the Grand Finals. Same with the Korean pair, the partnership from Hong Kong Jiang Huajun and Tie Yana who are also the winners in the 2011 Spanish Open, got qualified for the Grand Finals. China still tops in this division with Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia occupying the top spot for the rcae.

Korean Kim Min Seok tops the Under 21 Men’s division, followed by Seo Hyun Deok in second spot, and Chen Chien An in sixth place. Another Korean tops the Under 21 Women’s division, Kang Mi Soon who wasn’t on duty in Almeria, followed by Japanese Kasumi Ishikawa and Misaki Morizono.

Check below the video for men’s singles finals between Jun Mizutani and Bastia Steger in the ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals last year in Seoul, South Korea:

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