2018 ITTF World Tour

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2018 ITTF World Tour
Details
Duration18 January 2018 – 16 December 2018
Edition23rd
Tournaments12 + Grand Finals
CategoriesWorld Tour Platinum (6)
World Tour (6)
Achievements (singles)
Most tournament titlesMen:
China Fan Zhendong (3)
Women:
China Wang Manyu (3)
Most tournament finalsMen:
China Xu Xin (5)
Women:
China Wang Manyu (6)
Points leaderMen:
China Xu Xin (1750)
Women:
China Wang Manyu (1856)
2017
2019

The 2018 ITTF World Tour was the 23rd season of the International Table Tennis Federation's professional table tennis world tour.[1]

For the first time in its history, the tour included mixed doubles competitions in 2018. They featured at six events: the China Open, Japan Open, Korea Open, Australian Open and Austrian Open, as well as at the Grand Finals. This was to promote the mixed doubles category prior to its inclusion on the 2020 Olympics programme.[2]

Schedule[edit]

The tournaments in the 2018 tour were split into two tiers: World Tour Platinum and World Tour. The Platinum events offered higher prize money and more points towards the ITTF World Tour standings, which determined the qualifiers for the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in December.[3][4]

Below is the 2018 schedule announced by the International Table Tennis Federation:

Key
Grand Finals
World Tour Platinum
World Tour
No. Date Tournament Location Venue Prize (USD) Report Ref.
1 18–21 January Hungary Hungarian Open Budapest Budapest Olympic Hall 150,000 Report [5]
2 8–11 March Qatar Qatar Open Doha Ali Bin Hamad al-Attiyah Arena 235,000 Report [6]
3 23–25 March Germany German Open Bremen ÖVB Arena 235,000 Report [7]
4 24–27 May Hong Kong Hong Kong Open Hong Kong Queen Elizabeth Stadium 145,000 Report [8]
5 31 May–3 June China China Open Shenzhen Bao'an District Sports Center 346,000 Report [9]
6 8–10 June Japan Japan Open Kitakyushu Kitakyushu City General Gymnasium 170,000 Report [10]
7 19–22 July South Korea Korea Open Daejeon Chungmu Sports Arena 266,000 Report [11]
8 26–29 July Australia Australian Open Geelong Geelong Arena 316,000 Report [12]
9 16–19 August Bulgaria Bulgaria Open Panagyurishte Arena Asarel 160,000 Report [13]
10 23–26 August Czech Republic Czech Open Olomouc OMEGA Sport Center 160,000 Report [14]
11 1–4 November Sweden Swedish Open Stockholm Eriksdalshallen (Main venue)
Skanstullshallen (Second venue)
150,000 Report [15]
12 8–11 November Austria Austrian Open Linz TipsArena Linz 251,000 Report [16]
13 13–16 December South Korea Grand Finals Incheon Namdong Gymnasium 1,001,000 Report [17]

Results[edit]

Date Tournament Champions Runners-up
18–21 January

Hungarian Open

  • Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Venue: Budapest Olympic Hall
  • Category: World Tour
  • Prize: $150,000
  • Draws: 32MS/32WS/16MD/16WD
China Fan Zhendong China Wang Chuqin
Score: 4–1 (11–6, 9–11, 11–7, 14–12, 11–3)
China Wang Manyu China Sun Yingsha
Score: 4–3 (9–11, 11–6, 10–12, 11–8, 9–11, 11–8, 11–4)
China Fan Zhendong
China Yu Ziyang
Belarus Pavel Platonov
Belarus Vladimir Samsonov
Score: 3–0 (11–5, 11–5, 11–4)
China Chen Xingtong
China Sun Yingsha
China Chen Ke
China Wang Manyu
Score: 3–0 (14–12, 11–8, 11–8)
8–11 March

Qatar Open

China Fan Zhendong Brazil Hugo Calderano
Score: 4–0 (13–11, 12–10, 11–7, 11–7)
China Liu Shiwen China Wang Manyu
Score: 4–2 (8–11, 10–12, 11–9, 11–6, 11–5, 11–6)
China Fan Zhendong
China Xu Xin
Japan Jun Mizutani
Japan Yuya Oshima
Score: 3–1 (9–11, 11–5, 11–9, 13–11)
China Chen Ke
China Wang Manyu
China Chen Xingtong
China Sun Yingsha
Score: 3–1 (8–11, 11–2, 11–4, 11–4)
23–25 March

German Open

China Ma Long China Xu Xin
Score: 4–1 (11–9, 9–11, 11–9, 11–9, 11–6)
Japan Kasumi Ishikawa South Korea Seo Hyo-won
Score: 4–1 (11–9, 10–12, 11–6, 11–7, 11–6)
China Ma Long
China Xu Xin
South Korea Jung Young-sik
South Korea Lee Sang-su
Score: 3–0 (11–7, 11–8, 11–9)
Japan Hina Hayata
Japan Mima Ito
South Korea Jeon Ji-hee
South Korea Yang Ha-eun
Score: 3–1 (11–3, 11–5, 10–12, 11–6)
24–27 May

Hong Kong Open

Japan Kazuhiro Yoshimura South Korea Cho Seung-min
Score: 4–1 (11–5, 5–11, 11–8, 11–3, 11–7)
China Wang Manyu China Chen Xingtong
Score: 4–2 (12–10, 11–8, 3–11, 11–6, 4–11, 11–9)
Hong Kong Ho Kwan Kit
Hong Kong Wong Chun Ting
Japan Masataka Morizono
Japan Yuya Oshima
Score: 3–0 (11–6, 11–3, 11–9)
China Chen Xingtong
China Sun Yingsha
China Chen Ke
China Wang Manyu
Score: 3–0 (11–9, 11–8, 11–9)
31 May–3 June

China Open

  • Location: Shenzhen, China
  • Venue: Bao'an District Sports Center
  • Category: World Tour Platinum
  • Prize: $346,000
  • Draws: 32MS/32WS/16MD/16WD/16XD
China Ma Long China Fan Zhendong
Score: 4–1 (7–11, 11–8, 11–4, 11–3, 14–12)
China Wang Manyu China Ding Ning
Score: 4–3 (13–11, 9–11, 9–11, 11–9, 11–8, 9–11, 11–5)
China Fan Zhendong
China Lin Gaoyuan
Romania Ovidiu Ionescu
Spain Álvaro Robles
Score: 3–0 (11–9, 11–4, 11–4)
China Ding Ning
China Zhu Yuling
South Korea Jeon Ji-hee
South Korea Yang Ha-eun
Score: 3–1 (11–9, 11–5, 4–11, 11–5)
China Lin Gaoyuan
China Chen Xingtong
Japan Masataka Morizono
Japan Mima Ito
Score: 3–1 (13–11, 7–11, 11–5, 11–8)
8–10 June

Japan Open

Japan Tomokazu Harimoto China Zhang Jike
Score: 4–3 (9–11, 8–11, 11–9, 11–4, 10–12, 11–7, 13–11)
Japan Mima Ito China Wang Manyu
Score: 4–2 (11–7, 12–10, 8–11, 11–7, 6–11, 12–10)
South Korea Jung Young-sik
South Korea Lee Sang-su
China Liang Jingkun
China Zhou Kai
Score: 3–1 (11–6, 5–11, 11–9, 11–5)
China Gu Yuting
China Mu Zi
China Liu Shiwen
China Wang Manyu
w/o
China Liang Jingkun
China Chen Xingtong
Japan Maharu Yoshimura
Japan Kasumi Ishikawa
Score: 3–0 (11–9, 11–9, 11–9)
19–22 July

Korea Open

South Korea Jang Woo-jin China Liang Jingkun
Score: 4–0 (11–8, 11–9, 11–7, 11–3)
China Zhu Yuling China Chen Meng
Score: 4–1 (11–4, 7–11, 11–8, 11–5, 11–9)
South Korea Jang Woo-jin
South Korea Lim Jong-hoon
Hong Kong Ho Kwan Kit
Hong Kong Wong Chun Ting
Score: 3–1 (11–8, 19–17, 9–11, 11–9)
China Chen Meng
China Ding Ning
China Wang Manyu
China Zhu Yuling
Score: 3–1 (14–12, 9–11, 11–9, 13–11)
South Korea Jang Woo-jin
North Korea Cha Hyo Sim
China Wang Chuqin
China Sun Yingsha
Score: 3–1 (5–11, 11–3, 11–4, 11–8)
26–29 July

Australian Open

China Xu Xin China Liu Dingshuo
Score: 4–1 (12–10, 4–11, 12–10, 15–13, 11–6)
China Liu Shiwen China Ding Ning
Score: 4–3 (11–5, 11–7, 3–11, 5–11, 6–11, 11–5, 11–6)
South Korea Jung Young-sik
South Korea Lee Sang-su
Japan Masataka Morizono
Japan Yuya Oshima
Score: 3–0 (14–12, 11–5, 11–7)
Japan Hina Hayata
Japan Mima Ito
Japan Honoka Hashimoto
Japan Hitomi Sato
Score: 3–0 (11–8, 11–9, 11–7)
South Korea Lee Sang-su
South Korea Jeon Ji-hee
South Korea Lim Jong-hoon
South Korea Yang Ha-eun
Score: 3–2 (6–11, 11–7, 5–11, 11–8, 11–8)
16–19 August

Bulgaria Open

China Xu Xin Japan Kenta Matsudaira
Score: 4–1 (12–10, 10–12, 11–8, 11–6, 11–4)
China Ding Ning China Wang Yidi
Score: 4–3 (11–7, 10–12, 8–11, 11–8, 11–6, 4–11, 11–2)
China Ma Long
China Xu Xin
Japan Masataka Morizono
Japan Yuya Oshima
Score: 3–1 (9–11, 11–4, 11–8, 11–6)
Japan Kasumi Ishikawa
Japan Mima Ito
China Liu Gaoyang
China Zhang Rui
Score: 3–1 (10–12, 11–7, 11–7, 11–6)
23–26 August

Czech Open

China Zheng Peifeng Portugal Marcos Freitas
Score: 4–2 (13–11, 6–11, 8–11, 11–7, 11–8, 11–6)
Japan Kasumi Ishikawa China Wen Jia
Score: 4–2 (8–11, 11–8, 11–4, 7–11, 11–6, 13–11)
Germany Patrick Franziska
Denmark Jonathan Groth
Sweden Mattias Falck
Sweden Kristian Karlsson
Score: 3–1 (11–5, 9–11, 12–10, 11–7)
China Liu Gaoyang
China Zhang Rui
Croatia Sun Jiayi
Singapore Zeng Jian
Score: 3–0 (11–6, 13–11, 11–2)
1–4 November

Swedish Open

  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Venue: Eriksdalshallen (Main venue)
    Skanstullshallen (Second venue)
  • Category: World Tour
  • Prize: $150,000
  • Draws: 32MS/32WS/16MD/16WD
China Fan Zhendong China Xu Xin
Score: 4–1 (11–7, 14–12, 13–11, 9–11, 11–9)
Japan Mima Ito China Zhu Yuling
Score: 4–0 (11–3, 11–3, 11–5, 11–8)
Chinese Taipei Liao Cheng-ting
Chinese Taipei Lin Yun-ju
Sweden Mattias Falck
Sweden Kristian Karlsson
Score: 3–2 (10–12, 11–8, 11–8, 6–11, 13–11)
China Chen Xingtong
China Sun Yingsha
China Liu Gaoyang
China Zhang Rui
Score: 3–1 (11–5, 9–11, 11–7, 11–6)
8–11 November

Austrian Open

China Liang Jingkun China Xu Xin
Score: 4–3 (11–5, 4–11, 11–6, 9–11, 13–11, 11–13, 11–2)
China Chen Meng China Wang Manyu
Score: 4–0 (11–8, 11–9, 11–4, 11–7)
Japan Masataka Morizono
Japan Yuya Oshima
South Korea Jeoung Young-sik
South Korea Lee Sang-su
Score: 3–1 (12–10, 11–9, 3–11, 11–4)
Japan Hina Hayata
Japan Mima Ito
China Chen Xingtong
China Sun Yingsha
Score: 3–0 (11–6, 11–7, 11–8)
China Xu Xin
China Liu Shiwen
Chinese Taipei Chen Chien-an
Chinese Taipei Cheng I-ching
Score: 3–2 (9–11, 11–6, 11–9, 10–12, 11–5)
13–16 December

Grand Finals

Japan Tomokazu Harimoto China Lin Gaoyuan
Score: 4–1 (11–4, 13–15, 11–9, 11–9, 11–9)
China Chen Meng China He Zhuojia
Score: 4–1 (9–11, 11–5, 11–8, 12–10, 11–7)
South Korea Jang Woo-jin
South Korea Lim Jong-hoon
Hong Kong Ho Kwan Kit
Hong Kong Wong Chun Ting
Score: 3–2 (10–12, 13–11, 11–8, 10–12, 11–8)
Japan Hina Hayata
Japan Mima Ito
China Chen Xingtong
China Sun Yingsha
Score: 3–0 (11–9, 13–11, 12–10)
Hong Kong Wong Chun Ting
Hong Kong Doo Hoi Kem
South Korea Jang Woo-jin
North Korea Cha Hyo-sim
Score: 3–0 (11–6, 11–8, 11–4)

Grand Finals[edit]

The 2018 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals took place in Incheon, South Korea, from 13 to 16 December 2018.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour". ITTF. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Mixed Doubles Featured for the First Time on the ITTF World Tour in Lead-up to Tokyo 2020". ITTF. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Cities announced for 2018 ITTF World Tour". ITTF. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
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  7. ^ "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum, German Open". ITTF. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
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  9. ^ "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum, China Open". ITTF. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour, LION Japan Open". ITTF. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum, Korea Open". ITTF. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum, Australian Open". ITTF. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour, Asarel Bulgaria Open". ITTF. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour, Czech Open". ITTF. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour, Swedish Open". ITTF. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour, Austrian Open". ITTF. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour, Grand Finals". ITTF. Retrieved 15 December 2018.

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