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Men's World Cup 2016

The Men's World Cup 2016 took place in Saarbrucken, Germany from 1-3 October 2016.
But who qualified for this prestigious table tennis event?

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The 2016 Men's World Cup was played in Saarbrucken, Germany at the Saarlandhalle from 1-3 October 2016.

The Men's World Cup first started in 1980 as an invitational event for 16 players, and in 2009 it was extended to 19 players.

But from 2013, 20 players compete for the World Cup, with the World Champion automatically qualifying and at least 17 players qualifying through Continental Cups or equivalent types of tournaments. However, no more than two players per Association are allowed to take part.

The Women have their own World Cup competition which is being played in Philadelphia, USA from 7-9 October 2016, but I'll be focusing on the Men's competition here.

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How did players qualify for 2016 Men's World Cup

Twenty players qualified for the 2016 Men's World Cup as follows...

  • the current World champion
  • 18 players through Continental Cups or equivalent types of tournaments
  • 1 "wild card" selected by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)

 

The rules also state that not more than two players from any Association can participate.


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Which players qualified?

The following players qualified to take part in the LIEBHERR Men's World Cup 2016...

No. World
Ranking
as at
Aug 2016
Player
Family Name, Given Name (Association)
How Qualified
1 1 MA, Long (China 1) World Champion
2 40 ARUNA, Quadri (Nigeria) African Cup Winner
3 3 XU, Xin (China 1) Asian Cup Winner
4 54 CALDERANO, Hugo (Brazil) Latin American Cup Winner
5 271 FENG, Yijun (USA) North American Cup Winner
6 278 POWELL, David (Australia) Oceania Cup Winner
7 5 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany 1) Europe Cup Winner
 
8 35 MONTEIRO, Joao (Portugal 1) Europe Cup 2nd place
9 23 SHIBAEV, Alexander (Russia) Europe Cup 3rd place
10 27 KARLSSON, Kristian (Sweden 1) Europe Cup 4th place
11 9 SAMSONOV, Vladimir (Belarus) Europe Cup 5th place
12 20 FEGERL, Stefan (Austria) Europe Cup 6th place
13 18 APOLONIA, Tiago (Portugal 2) Europe Cup 7th place
14 24 STEGER, Bastian (Germany 2) Europe Cup 8th place
15 17 GAUZY, Simon (France) Europe Cup 9th place
 
16 8 WONG, Chun Ting (Hong Kong China) Asian Cup 3rd place
17 34 GAO, Ning (Singapore) Asian Cup 4th place
18 6 MIZUTANI, Jun (Japan) Asian Cup 5th place
19 16 LEE, Sangsu (South Korea 1) Asian Cup 6th place
 
20 12 JEOUNG, Youngsik (South Korea 2) ITTF wild card
 
Substitutes
39 GERRELL, Par (Sweden 2)
2 FAN, Zhendong (China 2)

Ma Long and Jun Mizutani withdrew due to their exertions at the Rio Olympic Games and were replaced by Fan Zhendong and Par Gerrell.


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Playing format for 2016

The tournament consists of two stages, with all matches being the best of seven games, but first, all the players taking part are ranked and seeded according to the latest available World Ranking list.

Stage 1

In the first stage, the players seeded from 9 to 20 (12 players) are divided into 4 equal groups of 3 players, with all the members of a group playing each other (round-robin).

Players seeded 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th head each group A, B, C and D respectively.

Players seeded 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th are drawn randomly into the second position of each group.

The remaining players seeded 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th are drawn randomly into the third and last position in each group.

If there are two players from the same Association, they are drawn into separate groups.

The top two finishers of each group then join the top 8 seeded players in the second stage of the competition.

Stage 2

The second stage of the competition consists of a knockout draw.

The player seeded 1 is placed in position 1.

The player seeded 2 is placed in position 16.

Seeds 3 and 4 are drawn between positions 8 and 9.

Seeds 5, 6, 7 and 8 are drawn randomly into positions 4, 5, 12 and 13.

Group winners from the first stage are drawn randomly into positions 3, 6, 11 and 14.

Group second place finishers from the first stage are drawn randomly into positions 2, 7, 10 and 15.

 

Group winners and second place finishers from the same group are drawn into opposite halves of the draw.

There is no separation by Association.

Losers of the semi-finals play each other for third place.


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The World Cup prize money

The prize money for the men's table tennis 2016 World Cup was US$ 150,000

This was divided up as follows:

Winner US$ 45,000
Runner-up US$ 25,000
3rd Place US$ 15,000
4th Place US$ 10,000
Places 5-8 US$ 6,000
Places 9-16 US$ 3,250
Places 17-20 US$ 1,250

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Equipment used

Donic sponsors World Cup 2016

The German manufacturer DONIC was the table sponsor and supplier for the LIEBHERR Men's World Cup 2016.

The balls being used were Double Happiness 3 star plastic, and the flooring was by Enlio.

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Seedings

The seedings were as follows...

Seed World Ranking (Oct 2016) Player
1 2 FAN, Zhendong (China)
2 3 XU, Xin (China)
3 6 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany)
4 7 WONG, Chun Ting (Hong Kong China)
5 9 SAMSONOV, Vladimir (Belarus)
6 10 JEOUNG, Youngsik (South Korea)
7 18 APOLONIA, Tiago (Portugal)
8 19 GAUZY, Simon (France)
9 20 STEGER, Bastian (Germany)
10 20 LEE, Sangsu (South Korea)
11 22 FEGERL, Stefan (Austria)
12 25 ARUNA, Quadri (Nigeria)
13 26 SHIBAEV, Alexander (Russia)
14 29 KARLSSON, Kristian (Sweden)
15 31 CALDERANO, Hugo (Brazil)
16 41 GAO, Ning (Singapore)
17 43 GERRELL, Par (Sweden)
18 (46) MONTEIRO, Joao (Portugal)
19 283 POWELL, David (Australia)
20 287 FENG, Yijun (USA)

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Stage 1

The draw was made on Friday 30 September 2016.

Group A

  • Bastian STEGER (Germany)
  • Hugo CALDERANO (Brazil)
  • David POWELL (Australia)

Group B

  • LEE Sangsu (South Korea)
  • Kristian KARLSSON (Sweden)
  • FENG Yijun (USA)

Group C

  • Stefan FEGERL (Austria)
  • Alexander SHIBAEV (Russia)
  • Joao MONTEIRO (Portugal)

Group D

  • Quadri ARUNA (Nigeria)
  • GAO Ning (Singapore)
  • Par GERELL (Sweden)

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Results for Stage 1 of the World Cup 2016

Saturday 1 October 2016

Group A

WINNER Result LOSER
Bastian STEGER (Germany) 4-0 David POWELL (Australia)
11-6, 11-4, 11-4, 11-6
 
Bastian STEGER (Germany) 4-0 Hugo CALDERANO (Brazil)
11-7, 11-5, 11-8, 11-7
 
Hugo CALDERANO (Brazil) 4-0 David POWELL (Australia)
11-3, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5
  • Group A winner = Bastian STEGER (Germany)

  • Group A runner-up = Hugo CALDERANO (Brazil)


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Group B

WINNER Result LOSER
LEE Sangsu (South Korea) 4-3 FENG Yijun (USA)
11-7, 7-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 11-4
 
LEE Sangsu (South Korea) 4-1 Kristian KARLSSON (Sweden)
11-9, 11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8
 
Kristian KARLSSON (Sweden) 4-0 FENG Yijun (USA)
11-4, 11-8, 13-11, 11-2
  • Group B winner = LEE Sangsu (South Korea)

  • Group B runner-up = Kristian KARLSSON (Sweden)


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Group C

WINNER Result LOSER
Stefan FEGERL (Austria) 4-2 Joao MONTEIRO (Portugal)
9-11, 11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7, 11-5
 
Stefan FEGERL (Austria) 4-3 Alexander SHIBAEV (Russia)
12-10, 11-6, 6-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-6
 
Joao MONTEIRO (Portugal) 4-2 Alexander SHIBAEV (Russia)
12-10, 12-10, 7-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7
  • Group C winner = Stefan FEGERL (Austria)

  • Group C runner-up = Joao MONTEIRO (Portugal)


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Group D

WINNER Result LOSER
Par GERRELL (Sweden) 4-2 Quadri ARUNA (Nigeria)
6-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 12-10, 12-10
 
GAO Ning (Singapore) 4-3 Quadri ARUNA (Nigeria)
5-11, 6-11, 16-14, 11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 13-11
 
Par GERRELL (Sweden) 4-0 GAO Ning (Singapore)
11-2, 7-11, 9-11, 6-11
  • Group D winner = Par GERRELL (Sweden)

  • Group D runner-up = GAO Ning (Singapore)


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Stage 2 Results of the World Cup 2016

The draw was made on Saturday 1 October 2016.

Last 16

Sunday 2 October 2016

WINNER Result LOSER
FAN Zhendong (China) 4-0 GAO Ning (Singapore)
11-3, 11-3, 11-6, 11-3
  
JEOUNG Youngsik (South Korea) 4-2 Stefan FEGERL (Austria)
11-6, 11-9, 11-3, 11-13, 7-11, 15-13
 
Simon GAUZY (France) 4-3 Bastian STEGER (Germany)
11-3, 14-16, 15-13, 3-11, 8-11, 12-10, 12-10
 
Kristian KARLSSON (Sweden) 4-1 Dimitrij OVTCHAROV (Germany)
6-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5, 13-11
 
WONG Chun Ting (Hong Kong China) 4-2 Joao MONTEIRO (Portugal)
11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 11-5, 3-11, 11-4
 
LEE Sangsu (South Korea) 4-1 Vladimir SAMSONOV (Belarus)
11-9, 7-11, 12-10, 16-14, 11-6
 
Par GERRELL (Sweden) 4-1 Tiago APOLONIA (Portugal)
11-8, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4
 
XU Xin (China) 4-0 Hugo CALDERANO (Brazil)
11-8, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7

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Quarter Finals

Sunday 2 October 2016

WINNER Result LOSER
FAN Zhendong (China) 4-1 JEOUNG Youngsik (South Korea)
6-11, 11-5, 11-9, 12-10, 11-9
 
Kristian KARLSSON (Sweden) 4-3 Simon GAUZY (France)
5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10
 
WONG Chun Ting (Hong Kong China) 4-0 LEE Sangsu (South Korea)
11-9, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5
 
XU Xin (China) 4-1 Par GERRELL (Sweden)
7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7

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Semi Finals of the World Cup 2016

Monday 3 October 2016

WINNER Result LOSER
FAN Zhendong (China) 4-1 Kristian KARLSSON (Sweden)
11-4, 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7
 
XU Xin (China) 4-1 WONG Chun Ting (Hong Kong China)
11-9, 13-15, 11-7, 11-3, 11-6

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3rd / 4th Place Match

Monday 3 October 2016

3rd PLACE Result 4th PLACE
WONG Chun Ting (Hong Kong China) 4-1 Kristian KARLSSON (Sweden)
8-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7

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Final of World Cup 2016

Monday 3 October 2016

WINNER Result RUNNER-UP
FAN Zhendong (China) 4-1 XU Xin (China)
11-5, 11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 12-10

 

 

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World Cup 2016 - Winner - Fan Zhendong World Cup 2016 - Winner - Fan Zhendong

 

World Cup 2016 - Winner - Fan Zhendong World Cup 2016 - Winner - Fan Zhendong

 

World Cup 2016 Runner up - Xu Xin World Cup 2016 Runner up - Xu Xin

 

World Cup 2016 3rd Place - Wong Chun Ting World Cup 2016 3rd Place - Wong Chun Ting

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