FIELD COMPLETE FOR 2019 BETVICTOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF PING PONG

The field for the 2019 BetVictor World Championship of Ping Pong is now complete following the Last Chance qualifier at Ellenborough TTC, London on Thursday.

Chinese pair Dai Suchuan and Shen Jianyu both reached the final of the Last Chance event, while Germany’s Jan Herman took the third and final spot in the BetVictor World Championship of Ping Pong, beating Niels Buchel in a play-off to do so.

Once again two female players have earned entry into the event, with Chen Jie securing her second consecutive appearance at Alexandra Palace through qualifying in China, and Lithuania’s Egle Adomelyte taking the female wildcard invite. Adomelyte has become a familiar face in the World Championship and has consistently made it through to the later stages of the tournament.

The BetVictor World Championship of Ping Pong will take place at London’s Alexandra Palace this Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, live on Sky Sports Mix throughout in the UK and networks around the world, details of which can be found at www.worldchampionshipofpingpong.net.

Among the other players hoping to take home the $20,000 first prize are defending champion Wang Shibo (China), three-time World Champion Maxim Shmyrev (Russia), England’s 2015 and 2016 World Champion Andrew Baggaley, and the 2017 tournament winner Yan Weihou (China).

Elsewhere German star Alexander ‘Flash’ Flemming and female invite Adomelyte feature in Group A on the main arena TV Table. The second feature table sees Shmyrev joined by last year’s runner-up Huang Jungang and Filipino favourite John Russel Misal.

Group C sees England’s Chris Doran begin his campaign to improve on his semi-final finish 12 months ago, and Group D includes Scottish sensation Gavin Rumgay. Poland’s Filip Szymanski is the seeded player in Group E while Baggaley heads up Group F.

Tomas Sadilek (Czech Republic) is seeded in Group G, which also features Romanian wonderkid Vlad Farcas. Finally, Weihao is joined in Group H by the likes of Ireland’s Gavin Maguire and Dutchman Martin Groenewold.

The first round is a Double Elimination Group Stage which consists of eight groups of eight players. The eight groups of play on eight tables, (one group on each table). Each group will see a total of ten matches, with fixtures available at www.worldchampionshipofpingpongn.net. Two straight wins will qualify a player for the last 32 while two straight defeats will spell elimination. The final set of matches in the group will feature players with one win and one defeat competing to stay in the competition. Four players from each group qualify for the knock-out stages.

Following the Double Elimination stage the draw for the last 32 stage will be made. This will take place in the main arena shortly after 16:00 (once Sky have gone off air). Players qualifying with two wins and no defeats will be drawn at random to play against a player who has qualified with two wins and one defeat. The matches will be added to the tournament draw sheet in the order in which they are drawn, thus determining the draw for the rest of the competition.

Tickets for the 2019 World Championship of Ping Pong are available now priced at £17.50 per session for adults and £11 for children. Day tickets are priced £30, with concessions at £19 with season tickets priced £55 for adults and £35 for concessions.

Families can take advantage of the Family Season Ticket offer which is priced at £110 and gives admission to two adults and up to three children for all four sessions of play. Booking fees apply to all tickets and tickets will be able to purchase on the day at Alexandra Palace.

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