All Chinese finals, such has been the situation in both the men ‘s singles and women’s singles events at the three most recent editions of the Olympic Games; the seeding issued on Friday 16th July, suggests that could well be the scenario at Tokyo 2020.
Fan Zhendong and Ma Long occupy the respective top two places on the men’s singles listings, on the counterpart women’s singles order of merit it is Chen Meng and Sun Yingsha.
Chen Meng, Top seed on debut
Local eyes focused, in the men’s singles Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto appears in third spot, colleague Koki Niwa at no.12.
Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju is seeded no.5, Korea Republic’s Jang Woojin occupies the no.9 spot, followed immediately by Jeoung Youngsik. Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting occupies the no.13 spot.
Strong representation in the men’s singles for the host nation, it is the same in the women’s singles. Mima Ito is the no.3 seed, Kasumi Ishikawa, the no.5 seed; sandwiched in between is Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching.
Notably, Asian players command the top eight seeded positions. Singapore’s Feng Tianwei is the no.6 seed followed by Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee and Hong Kong’s Doon Hoi Kem. Also listed amongst the top 16 names is Chen Szu-Yu, like Cheng I-Ching from Chinese Taipei; she is the no.13 seed.
In both the men’s singles and women’s singles events, the top 16 names commence their itinerary of matches in the third round.
Likewise, in events where all are involved from round one, Asian players are very much to the fore.
China’s Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen reserve the mixed doubles top spot. They are followed immediately by Japan’s Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito, next in line is Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Jun and Cheng I-Ching; Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem conclude the top four names.
Further down the list, Korea Republic’s Lee Sangsu and Choi Hyojoo claim the no.6 seeded spot; India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta and Manika Batra are listed at no.12.
The top seeds in the individual events, similarly in both the men’s team and women’s team events, China heads the order.
Next in order in the men’s team event is Germany followed by Japan and Korea Republic. Chinese Taipei reserves the no.7 spot, Hong Kong is four places lower at no.11.
Somewhat differently, in the women’s team competition, Japan is named in the second spot, one place ahead of Germany. Hong Kong is listed at no.4; they are pursued immediately by Chinese Taipei, Singapore and Korea Republic.
Play in the individual events commences on Saturday 24th July, in the team competitions on Sunday 1st August.
2021 Tokyo Olympics
Editor: Ian Marshall