Group Draw Announced

The double elimination group stage draw for the 2018 World Championship of Ping Pong has been made, with China’s Yan Weihao set to start his tournament defence against Welshman Mike Marsden.

Matchroom Multi Sport can also announce that the two tournament wildcard’s have been handed to two of the world’s best female hardbat players. Lithuania’s Egle Adomelyte will make her fifth appearance at Alexandra Palace, while China’s Jie Chen returns for a third time having qualified in each of the last two years.

Britain’s highest ranked blue bat player Andrew Baggaley, a two-time World Champion of Ping Pong, is placed in Group E, with charismatic Scotsman Gavin Rumgay in Group G.

Six qualifying sports remain for the World Championship at Alexandra Palace, with those places all to go to players who come through the tough Last Chance Saloon qualifier in Harlow on Thursday, January 25.

A Matchroom Sport spokesperson said: “We’re anticipating one of the most competitive World Championship’s ever. Qualifying for Alexandra Palace is an achievement in itself so there will be no easy matches for the seeded players.

“One of the great things about the World Championship of Ping Pong is that we see both male and female players compete in the same competition, for the same prize, so we are delighted that both Egle Adomelyte and Jie Chen have accepted their invites to return to the tournament.”

The full group draw and fixtures for the 2018 World Championship of Ping Pong can be found at www.worldchampionshipofpingpong.net. The tournament takes place over four sessions on the weekend of January 27-28 at Alexandra Palace, London. Tickets are on sale now at www.worldchampionshipofpingpong.net.

DOUBLE ELIMINATION – HOW IT WORKS

The double elimination stage of the World Championship of Ping Pong 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. 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 Sports 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.

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