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I've just seen the players entered for the Gold Coast Championship in July 2-3 and some of the best players in the world will be playing! Wow! I might book a flight to the Gold Coast! Anyone want to join me? It's at the new Cararra centre. I lived close by 25 years ago, there are very few hotels near the centre but it's accessible by bus. There are tons of hotels on the Southport touristy beaches and if you want cheap accommodation, try Nerang township or homestay near one of the golf resorts.

I cant believe it, just drool over these names (hoping no one will 'disappear' like at China). Evidently this is the richest tournament event and has attracted the best players. Notable omissions are Ma Long, Timo Boll and Hong Kong players - they have a conflicting championship event in Hong Kong.

  • Samsonov - a tall fantastic player who strutted the world stage 15 to 20 years ago, like forever
  • Yan An - was playing his best four (?) years ago, until Fan and Xue usurped the totem pole
  • Zhang Jike - won a few world championship/Olympic games, dominated two or three (?) years ago, had back problems, now behind Fan and Ma Long
  • Xue Xin - won world tours some three (?) years ago, until the plastic ball showed up
  • Paul Dinkhall - top player for England for approx ten years
  • Fang Bo - a top ten China player, then got overtaken by the Chinese top three, four or five
  • Liang Jingkun - recent winner in China Super League, possibly the future of China's champions
  • Simon Gauzy - great French player for the last 5-6 years
  • Matsudaira,
  • Mitzutani - quick lefthander, the best Japanese player for the last ten years
  • Koki Niwa - short player even by Japanese standards but quick and mobile
  • Oshima Yuya - remember this guy with the weird defensive style, could be the future of Japan's champions.
  • Korean players - some famous names there, I don't keep track of them but a few could cause upset to reach quarter finals.

My tips - Zhang Jike, Xue Xin, Fan Zhendong and Liang Jinkun or Fang Bo to play SF's if they are not rostered to play each other in the preliminary rounds. Based on current form, Fan Zhendong will win it.

No disrespect to our own Aussie players, but if any of them manage to get through the qualifications, it would be almost impossible for them to get through the first round of the championship proper. Still, they should do their best and can show determination, sportsmanship and enjoy the experience; maybe just watching the professionals practice might improve their play by a few points.

The following table is from ITTF website for the Gold Coast World Tour July 2-7.

 

ITTF ID Sex Ranking Partner Sgls Dbls U21
1 TOWNSEND Kane   AUS  111287 M 348   --- X 04/13/1993 06/02/2017 3:26:56 AM
2 XU Fred ^^   AUS  134437 M     X 11/19/1999 06/02/2017 3:29:56 AM
3 LEE Seonghun ^^   AUS  135087 M     X 05/13/1991 06/05/2017 3:14:35 AM
4 LIN Xuqi ^^   AUS  134805 M     X 03/06/1999 06/04/2017 4:59:58 AM
5 CHAN Stanley   AUS  116195 M     X 03/19/1981 06/08/2017 9:08:08 AM
6 ZHAO Anthony   AUS  117799 M     X 05/30/1997 06/04/2017 5:00:18 AM
7 TSAO Erny   AUS  115693 M     X 06/30/1996 06/04/2017 5:00:32 AM
8 YAN Xin ^   AUS  117797 M     --- X 12/09/1988 06/02/2017 3:26:27 AM
9 DIXON Xavier   AUS  119945 M 826     05/05/1999 06/08/2017 4:52:30 AM
10 CARTER Trent   AUS  101511 M   TOWNSEND Wade   AUS X 09/11/1989 06/02/2017 3:27:50 AM
11 LYU Zhe ^^   AUS  135089 M     X 08/03/1996 06/09/2017 9:03:32 AM
12 HUANG Sida ^^   AUS  133800 M     X 01/14/1992 06/08/2017 9:08:59 AM
13 DAHL Olav ^^   AUS  117047 M     X 03/23/1998 06/09/2017 9:02:23 AM
14 TAYLOR Benjamin   AUS  116511 M     X 11/16/1994 06/08/2017 9:10:49 AM
15 HU Heming   AUS  114460 M 410 YAN Xin ^   AUS X 03/21/1994 06/05/2017 3:15:14 AM
16 HUANG Dominic   AUS  116492 M     X 05/17/1998 06/04/2017 5:00:46 AM
17 LITTLER Richard   AUS  135093 M     X 04/30/2002 06/09/2017 9:05:37 AM
18 HOUGHTON Benjamin   AUS  118564 M     X 06/23/1996 06/20/2017 12:42:46 AM
19 LIANG Mike   AUS  119966 M     X 12/12/2000 06/04/2017 5:01:59 AM
20 TOWNSEND Wade   AUS  109521 M     --- X 07/17/1990 06/02/2017 3:27:40 AM
21 POWELL David   AUS  111286 M 281 TOWNSEND Kane   AUS X 04/08/1991 06/12/2017 9:05:52 PM
22 CHAMBERS Dillon   AUS  118523 M     X 09/15/1997 06/04/2017 5:01:45 AM
23 LIANG Bob   AUS  119965 M     X 12/12/2000 06/04/2017 5:01:32 AM
24 ZHANG Shaoping ^^   AUS  133790 M     X 05/11/1990 06/02/2017 3:30:10 AM
25 SAMSONOV Vladimir   BLR  108246 M 12   X 04/17/1976 06/11/2017 11:34:29 PM
26 YAN An   CHN  113059 M     X 01/12/1993 06/23/2017 1:16:06 AM
27 LIN Gaoyuan   CHN  115910 M 29   --- X 03/19/1995 05/27/2017 2:42:19 AM
28 FANG Bo   CHN  111606 M 11     01/09/1992 06/23/2017 1:10:46 AM
29 ZHANG Jike   CHN  110553 M 4   X 02/16/1988 06/11/2017 11:34:39 PM
30 LIANG Jingkun   CHN  119588 M 41 LIN Gaoyuan   CHN X 10/20/1996 05/27/2017 2:42:26 AM
31 XU Xin   CHN  110267 M 3   --- X 01/08/1990 06/11/2017 11:34:52 PM
32 FAN Zhendong   CHN  121404 M 2 XU Xin   CHN X 01/22/1997 06/13/2017 8:33:02 PM
33 WU Jiaji ^   DOM  117330 M 173     01/16/1995 06/11/2017 10:58:48 PM
34 DRINKHALL Paul   ENG  102380 M 45 RUMGAY Gavin   SCO X 01/16/1990 05/27/2017 2:46:46 AM
35 BAGGALEY Andrew   ENG  100817 M 143   X 02/26/1983 05/27/2017 2:43:47 AM
36 OLAH Benedek   FIN  110726 M 87   X 03/29/1991 06/12/2017 9:04:53 PM
37 GAUZY Simon   FRA  112062 M 16   --- X 10/25/1994 06/11/2017 11:35:29 PM
38 FLORE Tristan   FRA  114355 M 50 GAUZY Simon   FRA X 01/02/1995 06/11/2017 11:35:41 PM
39 DUDA Benedikt   GER  116620 M 53 KEINATH Thomas   SVK X 04/04/1994 06/08/2017 7:19:13 AM
40 ANTHONY Amalraj   IND  100001 M 129 DESAI Harmeet   IND X 01/24/1986 06/17/2017 9:50:00 PM
41 GNANASEKARAN Sathiyan   IND  103126 M 102 SHETTY Sanil   IND X 01/08/1993 06/24/2017 12:47:16 AM
42 SHETTY Sanil   IND  108574 M 200   --- X 08/16/1989 06/17/2017 9:50:41 PM
43 DESAI Harmeet   IND  111641 M 81   --- X 07/19/1993 06/17/2017 9:49:41 PM
44 UEDA Jin   JPN  110730 M 80 YOSHIMURA Maharu   JPN X 12/10/1991 06/13/2017 8:34:16 PM
45 HARIMOTO Tomokazu   JPN  123980 M 39   X 06/27/2003 06/24/2017 12:45:17 AM
46 OSHIMA Yuya   JPN  121752 M 26   X 03/05/1994 06/11/2017 11:37:20 PM
47 YOSHIDA Masaki   JPN  110411 M 47   X 09/30/1994 06/01/2017 2:44:16 AM
48 MATSUDAIRA Kenta   JPN  105926 M 18   X 04/11/1991 06/11/2017 11:36:35 PM
49 NIWA Koki   JPN  110729 M 9   X 10/10/1994 06/24/2017 12:45:44 AM
50 YOSHIMURA Maharu   JPN  117113 M 32   --- X 08/03/1993 06/01/2017 2:43:29 AM
51 MIZUTANI Jun   JPN  106195 M 6   X 06/09/1989 06/11/2017 11:35:51 PM
52 MURAMATSU Yuto   JPN  115439 M 21   X 10/14/1996 06/23/2017 1:23:05 AM
53 TANAKA Yuta   JPN  131375 M 309   X 11/18/2000 06/04/2017 4:51:41 AM
54 KIM Minhyeok   KOR  116818 M 155   X 12/20/1996 06/11/2017 11:00:17 PM
55 JEONG Sangeun   KOR  111595 M 37     04/02/1990 06/23/2017 1:03:06 AM
56 JANG Woojin   KOR  114936 M 34 PARK Ganghyeon   KOR X 09/10/1995 06/13/2017 8:33:30 PM
57 PARK Ganghyeon   KOR  116820 M 139   --- X 06/22/1996 05/27/2017 2:45:29 AM
58 CHO Seungmin   KOR  119284 M 82   X 05/27/1998 06/11/2017 11:00:02 PM
59 LIM Jonghoon   KOR  117357 M 64   X 01/21/1997 06/23/2017 1:03:55 AM
60 SEO Hyundeok   KOR  111884 M 116   X 05/09/1991 06/11/2017 11:00:41 PM
61 CHENG Zhiyang   NZL  113570 M   LIU Tengteng ^   NZL X 06/02/1993 06/11/2017 11:04:53 PM
62 LIU Tengteng ^   NZL  115574 M     --- X 01/16/1993 06/11/2017 11:04:27 PM
63 AMOR Kelsey   NZL  120696 M   SHU Dean   NZL X 03/19/1997 06/01/2017 2:47:46 AM
64 SHU Dean   NZL  117027 M 861   --- X 02/12/1999 06/01/2017 2:47:29 AM
65 FREITAS Marcos   POR  102841 M 14   X 04/08/1988 06/11/2017 11:37:42 PM
66 SHIBAEV Alexander   RUS  108581 M 28   X 09/09/1990 06/11/2017 11:37:55 PM
67 RUMGAY Gavin   SCO  108066 M 240   --- X 08/27/1984 05/27/2017 2:46:37 AM
68 PANG Xue Jie   SGP  111669 M 279   --- X 03/11/1993 06/01/2017 2:49:26 AM
69 POH Shao Feng Ethan   SGP  120318 M 402  

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