ITTF Pro Tour 2011

The ITTF Pro Tour. World table tennis at its best. Find out what happened in 2011

 By Martin Hughes
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The 2011 ITTF Pro Tour culminated with the Grand Finals which took place in London, England from 24-27 November 2011 and the event was also used to test out the 2012 Olympic Games venue.

All the results from the Grand Finals are here.

To discover more about the ITTF Pro Tour, you can read all about it here.


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The 2011 Pro-Tour Schedule

The 2011 ITTF Pro-Tour consisted of 16 international tournaments leading up to the Grand Finals held in London, England.

Although the ITTF Pro-Tour consists of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles and women's doubles, I'll be concentrating on the main event ... the men's singles.

So what were the tournaments which made up the ITTF Pro Tour in 2011? And who won the Men's Singles?


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DATES Pro Tour Events 2011 MS WINNERS
18-22 Jan Slovenian Open (Velenje) Xu Xin (China)
26-30 Jan English Open (Sheffield) Chen Qi (China)
09-13 Feb Qatar Open (Doha) Xu Xin (China)
15-19 Feb UAE Open (Kuwait City) Wang Hao (China)
23-27 Feb German Open (Dortmund) Zhang Jike (China)
16-20 Mar Polish Open (Warsaw) Lee Sang Su (South Korea)
06-10 Apr Spanish Open (Almeria) Oh Sang Eun (South Korea)
09-12 June Brazil Open (Rio de Janeiro) Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany)
15-19 June China Open (Shenzen) Ma Lin (China)
29-03 July Korean Open (Incheon) Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany)
07-10 July Japan Open (Kobe) Seiya Kishikawa (Japan)
14-17 July Morocco Open (Rabat) Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus)
10-14 Aug Chile Open (Santiago) Chuang Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei)
24-28 Aug China Open (Suzhou) Ma Long (China)
21-25 Sep Austrian Open (Schwechat) Ma Long (China)
19-23 Oct Swedish Open (Stockholm) Ma Long (China)

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Prize money

The prize money varied from tournament to tournament, but the overall purse for 2011 was $2,535,000.

The top event, the (second) China Open in August 2011, offered a total purse of $330,000 ... with the men's and women's singles winners receiving $33,000 each.

The Morocco Open offered the least amount of prize money, with a $20,000 total purse. The men's and women's singles winners received $2,800 each.

 

The Pro Tour Grand Finals offered a total prize fund of $365,000 ... with the men's and women's singles winners collecting $40,000 each and the men's and women's doubles winners collecting $20,000.

The breakdown of prize money for the men's singles at the Pro Tour Grand Finals was as follows:

Position Prize Money
Winner $40,000
Runner-up $20,000
Semi Finalists $10,000 each
Quarter Finalists $5,000 each
1st Round of 16 $2,500 each

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The Grand Finals

The best players in world table tennis gathered for the Grand Finals from 24-27 November 2011, in London, England and the event was also used to test out the 2012 Olympic Games table tennis venue.

ITTF Pro-Tour Grand Finals 2011

So here is the list of the men who were invited to take part in the 2011 Grand Finals.

Although two players (Timo Boll and Chen Qi) had accumulated sufficient Grand Prix points, they didn't meet the additional qualifying criteria of competing in at least six tournaments or playing on at least three continents.

So unfortunately they weren't eligible to take part in the prestigious end of season grand finals.

Rank Elig Points Events Continents Player Country
1 88050 6 2 MA Long China
2 60725 9 2 ZHANG Jike China
3 53500 7 2 XU Xin China
4 51779 9 2 MA Lin China
5 51588 9 2 WANG Hao China
6 31225 7 2 MIZUTANI Jun Japan
7 31001 6 3 OVTCHAROV Dimitrij Germany
8 28310 7 2 LEE Sang Su S.Korea
9 27889 7 2 KISHIKAWA Seiya Japan
10 23204 10 3 CHUANG Chih-Yuan Chinese Taipei
  NE 22500 2 2 BOLL Timo Germany
  NE 22500 2 1 CHEN Qi China
11 22263 6 2 WANG Liqin China
12 21776 10 2 OH Sang Eun S.Korea
13 16117 10 2 RYU Seung Min S.Korea
14 15238 7 2 JOO Se Hyuk S.Korea
15 12370 10 2 GAO Ning Singapore
16 Host Association Invitee DRINKHALL Paul England

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2011 ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals

Round One

Thursday 24 November 2011

Winner Result Loser
MA Long (China) 4-0 OH Sang Eun (South Korea)
CHUANG Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei) 4-3 MIZUTANI Jun (Japan)
WANG Hao (China) 4-1 DRINKHALL Paul (England)
XU Xin (China) 4-0 JOO Se Hyuk (South Korea)
   
GAO Ning (Singapore) 4-3 MA Lin (China)
RYU Seung Min (South Korea) 4-1 OVTCHAROV Dimitrij (Germany)
WANG Liqin (China) 4-0 LEE Sang Su (South Korea)
ZHANG Jike (China) 4-2 KISHIKAWA Seiya (Japan)

 


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Quarter Finals

Saturday 26 November 2011

Winner Result Loser
MA Long (China) 4-0 CHUANG Chih-Yuan
(Chinese Taipei)
11-2, 12-10, 11-2, 11-5
 
WANG Hao (China) 4-3 XU Xin (China)
5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 3-11, 10-12, 11-6, 11-5
 
GAO Ning (Singapore) 4-0 RYU Seung Min (South Korea)
11-9, 16-14, 11-5, 11-7
 
ZHANG Jike (China) 4-1 WANG Liqin (China)
11-3, 11-2, 11-6, 6-11, 12-10

 


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Semi Finals

Sunday 26 November 2011

Winner Result Loser
MA Long (China) 4-1 WANG Hao (China)
11-2, 11-4, 10-12, 11-2, 11-4  
 
ZHANG Jike (China) 4-1 GAO Ning (Singapore)
11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9

 


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Final

Sunday 26 November 2011

Winner Result Runner-up
MA Long (China) 4-1 ZHANG Jike (China)
11-5, 8-11, 11-3, 11-4, 14-12

 

2011 ITTF Pro-Tour Finals

The Final of the 2011 ITTF Pro-Tour Finals

 

MA Long - Winner of the 2011 ITTF Pro-Tour Final

MA Long
Winner of the 2011 ITTF Pro-Tour Final

 

 

You can read more about the ITTF Pro-Tour here.

 


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