The Continental Battle at the 2017 WTTC Qualifications

Day 2 of the 2017 World Table Tennis Championships has configured the main draws for all the competitions taking place: Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles and Mixed Doubles. A total amount of 665 matches have been needed to select the players that will start – and in fact already started – the knockout phase.

With 128 players in each singles draw, only 45% of the the players that submitted its entry will participate in the final stage. In the doubles draws, the percentage slightly increases to 48%.

As it usually happens in this kind of rounds, many low ranked, and specially unranked players, have the chance to play against top level competitors. It is also true that most of these kind of players belong to remote countries and continental associations which cannot afford regularly sending their players to ITTF sanctioned events. Therefore, their ranking position is not good enough to avoid the qualification stage.

How do the continents compare on this matter? Which is the most represented one? How did they perform in the qualifying stage of this World Championships? We will find answer for all these questions in the following lines.

The players

The next map shows the amount of players coming from each continent:


Europe and Asia outstrip the rest of the continents with more than 2/3 of the players. However, it must be noted that seeded players are not counted for this matter, so the numbers would be even bigger for Europe and Asia if we considered them all. On the other hand, Oceania had only 10 players, which is also derived from the smaller amount of countries belonging to it.

The results

Let’s see now how did the players of each continent perform in their qualification matches.


Although Asia seems to dominate the World scene these days, it is true that most of their top players belong to certain countries like China, Japan or Korea. The majority of Asia’s less developed countries competed with their whole team in the qualification stage, which might explain why South-America is on top of them. Europe was not only the country with more participants but the one with the highest winning rate.

On the lower part of the standings, Oceania and Africa had the lowest winning percentage, a bit far from North-America.

The main draw

The knockout phase has already started and the winning rate will for sure change as the top players debut. For the third day of the competition, May 31st, we have:

  • Men’s Singles: Round 1
  • Women’s Singles: Round 1 & 2
  • Men’s Doubles: Round 2
  • Women’s Doubles: Round 2

All the main draw entries will compete in singles at least once today, half of the women twice. Ma Long, Ding Ning, Petrissa Solja, Miu Hirano, Xu Xin,  Timo Boll, Fan Zhendong… so much to come.

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* Cover photo: ITTF


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