Men's World Cup 2013

The Men's World Cup 2013 took place in Verviers, Belgium from 25-27 October.
But who qualified for this prestigious table tennis event?

 By Martin Hughes
 Owner and Editor

Men's World Cup 2013 Logo

The 2013 Men's World Cup was played in Verviers, Belgium at the Hall du Paire, 1 rue du Paire, 4860 Wegnez, from 25-27 October 2013 using a new qualification system.

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 in 2013, 20 players competed for the World Cup with three invited players and 17 others qualifying through Continental Cups or equivalent types of tournaments.

The Women had their own World Cup competition in Kobe, Japan from 21-23 September 2013, but I'll be focusing on the Men's competition here.


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How did players qualify for 2013 Men's World Cup

Twenty players qualified for the 2013 Men's World Cup as follows...

  • the current World champion
  • 17 players through Continental Cups or equivalent types of tournaments
  • 1 host country player nominated by his National Association
  • 1 "wild card" selected by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)

 

The rules state that not more than two players from any Association can participate, but for 2013 only, a third player could be invited as a "wild card" selection.


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Which players qualified?

The following players qualified to take part in the Men's World Cup 2013...

No. World
Ranking
as at
Sept 2013
Player
Family Name, Given Name (Association)
How Qualified
1 4 ZHANG, Jike (China) World Champion
2 100 LASHIN, El-Sayed (Egypt) African Cup Winner
3 2 XU, Xin (China) Asian Cup Winner
4 136 MONTEIRO, Thiago (Brazil) Latin American Cup Winner
5 384 HO, Andre (Canada) North American Cup Winner
6 132 HENZELL, William (Australia) Oceania Cup Winner
7 7 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei) Asian Cup 3rd place
8 54 ALAMIYAN, Noshad (Iran) Asian Cup 4th place
9 27 TANG, Peng (Hong Kong China) Asian Cup 5th place
10 59 KIM, Hyok Bong (North Korea) Asian Cup 6th place
11 28 CHEN, Chien-An (Chinese Taipei) Asian Cup 7th place
12 20 JIANG, Tianyi (Hong Kong China) Asian Cup 8th place
13 94 YANG Zi (Singapore) Asian Cup 9th/10th place
14 51 ACHANTA Sharath Kamal (India) Asian Cup 9th/10th place
15 5 BOLL, Timo (Germany) Europe (QF World Champs)
16 21 BAUM, Patrick (Germany) Europe (QF World Champs)
17 12 SAMSONOV, Vladimir (Belarus) Europe (last 16 World Champs)
18 23 FREITAS, Marcos (Portugal) Europe (last 16 World Champs)
19 130 SAIVE, Jean Michel (Belgium) Host country player
20 6 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany) ITTF wild card
   
8 YAN, An (China) Substitute 1
48 JUNG, Youngsik (South Korea) Substitute 2

 

The reigning World Champion, Zhang Jike, and Kim Hyok Bong from North Korea did not take part, so Yan An from China and Jung Youngsik from South Korea were drafted in as substitutes.


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Playing format for 2013

The tournament consisted of three stages, with all matches being the best of seven games...

Stage 1

Firstly, all the players taking part were ranked and seeded according to the latest available World Ranking list.

Then the 12 players who were the lowest-ranked of the 20 players taking part were divided into four preliminary groups of three players each, with all playing each other (round-robin) in their group.

The winners of each preliminary group then joined the top 8 seeded players in the second stage of the competition.

Stage 2

The second stage of the competition consisted of the top 8 seeded players plus the 4 winners of the preliminary groups.

They were divided into 4 groups of 3 players each, with all the members of a group playing each other (round-robin).

The top two finishers from each group then advanced to the knock-out quarter-final stage of the competition.

Stage 3

The third and final stage was a knock-out competition, and the losers of the semi-finals also played each other for third place.


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The World Cup prize money

The prize money for the men's table tennis 2013 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 9-12 US$ 4,000
Places 13-16 US$ 2,500
Places 17-20 US$ 1,250

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Equipment used

Donic sponsors World Cup 2013

The German manufacturer DONIC was the table sponsor and supplier for the LIEBHERR Men's World Cup 2013, having extended their sponsorship of this prestigious event in 2012 for a further three years until 2015.

The balls were Double Happiness 3 star, and the flooring was Enlio.


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Preliminary Round

The draw was made on Thursday 24 October 2013.

Group A

  • FREITAS, Marcos (Portugal)
  • YANG, Zi (Singapore)
  • SAIVE, Jean-Michel (Belgium)

Group B

  • TANG, Peng (Hong Kong China)
  • ACHANTA, Sharath Kamal (India)
  • HENZELL, William (Australia)

Group C

  • CHEN, Chien-An (Chinese Taipei)
  • ALAMIYAN, Noshad (Iran)
  • HO, Andre (Canada)

Group D

  • JUNG, Youngsik (South Korea)
  • LASHIN, El-Sayed (Egypt)
  • MONTEIRO, Thiago (Brazil)

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Results for Preliminary Rounds of the World Cup 2013

Friday 25 October 2013

Group A

WINNER Result LOSER
YANG, Zi (Singapore) 4-0 SAIVE, Jean-Michel (Belgium)
11-7, 11-7, 11-9, 15-13
 
FREITAS, Marcos (Portugal) 4-3 YANG, Zi (Singapore)
9-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 16-14
 
FREITAS, Marcos (Portugal) 4-3 SAIVE, Jean-Michel (Belgium)
11-5, 11-5, 9-11, 7-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-9
  • Group A winner = FREITAS, Marcos (Portugal)


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Group B

WINNER Result LOSER
ACHANTA, Sharath Kamal (India) 4-3 HENZELL, William (Australia)
12-14, 10-12, 9-11, 11-6,11-8,11-3, 12-10
 
TANG, Peng (Hong Kong China) 4-2 HENZELL, William (Australia)
11-8, 4-11, 11-4, 11-8,11-13, 11-6
 
TANG, Peng (Hong Kong China) 4-1 ACHANTA, Sharath Kamal (India)
11-9, 11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 11-4
  • Group B winner = TANG, Peng (Hong Kong China)


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Group C

WINNER Result LOSER
ALAMIYAN, Noshad (Iran) 4-1 HO, Andre (Canada)
11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7,11-8
 
CHEN, Chien-An (Chinese Taipei) 4-1 HO, Andre (Canada)
13-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 11-8
 
CHEN, Chien-An (Chinese Taipei) 4-3 ALAMIYAN, Noshad (Iran)
9-11, 8-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9
  • Group C winner = CHEN, Chien-An (Chinese Taipei)


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Group D

WINNER Result LOSER
MONTEIRO, Thiago (Brazil) 4-2 LASHIN, El-Sayed (Egypt)
9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-2
 
JUNG, Youngsik (South Korea) 4-2 MONTEIRO, Thiago (Brazil)
11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-5
 
JUNG, Youngsik (South Korea) 4-0 LASHIN, El-Sayed (Egypt)
11-9, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7
  • Group D winner = JUNG, Youngsik (South Korea)


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Groups for First Round of the World Cup 2013

The draw was made on Thursday 24 October 2013.

Group E

  • XU, Xin (China)
  • BAUM, Patrick (Germany)
  • TANG, Peng (Hong Kong China)

Group F

  • BOLL, Timo (Germany)
  • JIANG, Tianyi (Hong Kong China)
  • FREITAS, Marcos (Portugal)

Group G

  • OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany)
  • YAN, An (China)
  • CHEN, Chien-An (Chinese Taipei)

Group H

  • CHUANG, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei)
  • SAMSONOV, Vladimir (Belarus)
  • JUNG, Youngsik (South Korea)

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Results for First Round of the World Cup 2013

Friday & Saturday
25 & 26 October 2013

Group E

WINNER Result LOSER
XU, Xin (China) 4-1 BAUM, Patrick (Germany)
11-5, 10-12, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5
 
XU, Xin (China) 4-3 TANG, Peng (Hong Kong China)
11-6, 11-13, 8-11, 8-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-6
 
TANG, Peng (Hong Kong China) 4-2 BAUM, Patrick (Germany)
11-1, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6
  • Group E winner = XU, Xin (China)

  • Group E runner-up = TANG, Peng (Hong Kong China)


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Group F

WINNER Result LOSER
BOLL, Timo (Germany) 4-0 JIANG, Tianyi (Hong Kong China)
11-5, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6
 
BOLL, Timo (Germany) 4-0 FREITAS, Marcos (Portugal)
14-12, 17-15, 11-5, 13-11
 
FREITAS, Marcos (Portugal) 4-3 JIANG, Tianyi (Hong Kong China)
11-9, 5-11, 11-13, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7
  • Group F winner = BOLL, Timo (Germany)

  • Group F runner-up = FREITAS, Marcos (Portugal)


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Group G

WINNER Result LOSER
OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany) 4-2 YAN, An (China)
11-7, 10-12, 12-10, 11-5, 2-11, 11-9
OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany) 4-0 CHEN, Chien-An (Chinese Taipei)
11-6, 11-8, 11-4, 11-9
 
YAN, An (China) 4-1 CHEN, Chien-An (Chinese Taipei)
11-7, 11-6, 11-3, 9-11, 11-4
  • Group G winner = OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany)

  • Group G runner-up = YAN, An (China)


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Group H

WINNER Result LOSER
CHUANG, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei) 4-2 SAMSONOV, Vladimir (Belarus)
11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 2-11, 11-9, 12-10
 
CHUANG, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei) 4-3 JUNG, Youngsik (South Korea)
8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-4
 
SAMSONOV, Vladimir (Belarus) 4-3 JUNG, Youngsik (South Korea)
11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 6-11,9-11,11-7, 11-4 
  • Group H winner = CHUANG, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei)

  • Group H runner-up = SAMSONOV, Vladimir (Belarus)


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Quarter Finals of the World Cup 2013

The draw was made on Saturday 26 October 2013.

The competition was now played on a knock-out basis.

Saturday 26 October 2013

WINNER Result LOSER
XU, Xin (China) 4-0 YAN, An (China)
11-7, 11-7, 11-7, 11-4
 
OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany) 4-1 TANG, Peng (Hong Kong China)
11-9, 9-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-5
 
SAMSONOV, Vladimir (Belarus) 4-1 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei)
11-6, 11-13, 14-12, 11-3, 11-8
 
BOLL, Timo (Germany) 4-0 FREITAS, Marcos (Portugal)
11-7, 11-9, 12-10, 11-6

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Semi Finals of the World Cup 2013

Sunday 27 October 2013

WINNER Result LOSER
XU, Xin (China) 4-3 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany)
11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-2
 
SAMSONOV, Vladimir (Belarus) 4-0 BOLL, Timo (Germany)
11-8, 11-4, 11-8, 11-8

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3rd / 4th Place Match

Sunday 27 October 2013

3rd PLACE Result 4th PLACE
OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany) 4-1 BOLL, Timo (Germany)
11-3, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-6

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Final of World Cup 2013

Sunday 27 October 2013

WINNER Result RUNNER-UP
XU, Xin (China) 4-1 SAMSONOV, Vladimir (Belarus)
11-6, 12-14, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7

 

Xu Xin celebrates

 

2013 World Cup winner - Xu Xin

 

2013 World Cup medal winners

 


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