The first day of the World Table Tennis Championships has already finished. More than 300 matches were played, and all of them part of the qualification rounds.
Some interesting stats are revealed after analyzing the results, but let’s start with rough numbers on the action that took place at the 32 competition tables:
A total number of 383 matches were scheduled: 270 singles and 113 doubles matches. Almost 1500 sets were played, which results in an average of 4.33 sets per match. Quite a low number. Even considering that doubles matches were played to the best of 5, that shows one subtle fact: qualifying matches are usually very uneven.
Now let’s see the set result distribution to prove this last statement:
As you can see, 4 – 0 is the most repeated result by far, whereas 3-2 or 4-3 are the least repeated ones. This obviously goes against the spectacle as it makes for less exciting matches. The next graph compares the result difference in all the matches:
As mentioned before, there is a big gap between tight and unequal matches. We will see in articles to come if the main draw results make a big difference to this.
The reason for the facts we just presented is simple: there are many unranked players competing in the qualifying round. How difficult is it for them to beat someone who has more international experience?
It seems that it is a tough task indeed, as only 13% of the time the unranked player defeated the ranked one, regardless of ranking position. If we consider the matches where both players were ranked, we have these numbers:
Only 28 matches had both players in the ranking list, which represents only the 7.3% of the scheduled matches. The World Ranking determined the result 78% of the times, which proves once more the validity of the ranking.
Day 2 preview
The action on Tuesday 30th May will get more thrilling, with the following competitions and rounds being played:
- Men’s and Women’s Singles Qualification Groups: Match 3
- Men’s and Women’s Doubles Qualification Rounds: Rounds 2 & 3
- Men’s and Women’s Singles Preliminary Round
- Men’s and Women’s Doubles Main Draw: Round 1
- Mixed Doubles Main Draw: Rounds 1 & 2
Some big names will start the doubles competition, like Vladimir Samsonov who will compete along with Pavel Platonov and Alexandar Karakasevic, playing the mixed doubles with Ruta Paskauskiene.
* Cover photo: ITTF