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Markham Hosts ITTF Women's World Cup

Posted by MarkhamToday // October 28, 2017 // in News // 0 Comments

The Uncle Pop 2017 Women’s World Cup presented by Polar Naturals is being held at the PANAM Centre in Markham this weekend October 27, 28 and 29. It is the first time that Canada is hosting the World Championship of Table Tennis tournament.   20 competitors are competing over the next 3 days for cash prizes totaling $150,000US.  Top prize to the Winner is $45,000US.

artphoto_565_ITTFWC-03.jpgPhoto Courtesy: City of Markham Twitter account

Mayor Frank Scarpitti welcomes ITTF and World Cup tournament organizing committee, competitors and supporters to Markham Council Chambers

The 20 players taking part at the Uncle Pop 2017 Women’s World Cup presented by Polar Naturals have qualified through their individual Continental Cups. 

The field is also supplemented with wildcard player Elizabeta SAMARA (ROU) and host representative ZHANG Mo (CAN).  Other competitors LIU Shiwen (CHN) replaces the World Champion DING Ning (CHN). Petrissa SOLJA withdrew from the tournament and was replaced by Matilda EKHOLM (SWE).

Qualification rules for the 20 players who are competing comprises of:

  • 17 players who have qualified through their respective Continental Cups.
  • If no players qualify from the host association through the above avenues, a host association player may nominate a player
  • The final player is chosen by the ITTF as a wildcard.
  • The current individual World Champion *
  • If the World Champion is not available or withdraws, she shall be replaced by the remaining highest ranked and highest finisher from the Continental Cups*
    * DING Ning has withdrew from the tournament and has been replaced by LIU Shiwen

How the 17 places are determined through the Continental Cup:

  • The winner of each Continental Cup, plus the second and third highest finishers from Asia and Europe qualify, for a total of 10 players.
  • Seven additional players are being selected from the Continental Cups based on their order of finishing and their World Ranking. The highest ranked player amongst players finishing second in Africa, Latin America, North America, Oceania, and fourth in Asia  and Europe, are selected. The highest ranked next player from the remaining players in the top most place on the qualifying positions from each Continental Cup, are selected, and so on, until the seven places are filled.

The Qualifiers


Background - Playing System
The Uncle Pop 2017 Women’s World Cup presented by Polar Naturals consists of two stages:

The tournament shall consist of 2 stages. Round - robin group matches in the first stage, followed by a K.O. draw to decide the first four positions

Stage One

  • In stage one, the players seeded nine to 20 (12 players) are drawn into four equal  groups of three players, with all members of a group playing each other.
  • Players seeded 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th head each group A, B, C and D respectively.
  • Players seeded 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th are drawn randomly into the second position of each preliminary group.
  • The remaining players seeded 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th are drawn randomly into the third and last position in each preliminary group
  • If there are 2 players from the same Association, they will be drawn into separate groups.
  • The top 2 finishers of each preliminary group shall join the top 8 seeded players in the second stage of the competition

Stage Two

  • Stage two is knock-out stage of the competition.
  • The draws for seeded 1st – 8th will be done according to ITTF Regulations.
  • Seed 1 placed in position 1, seed 2 placed in position 16
  • Seeds 3 and 4 drawn between position 8 and 9
  • Seeds 5-8 drawn randomly into positions 4, 5, 12 and 13.
  • Group winners from the preliminary stage will be drawn randomly into positions 3, 6, 11 and 14.
  • The second place finishers of each group shall be drawn randomly into positions 2, 7, 10 and 15 of the draw; group winners and second place finishers from the same group will be drawn into opposite halves of the draw; there will be no separation by association.
  • Losers of the semi-finals play each other for third place.
  • All matches will be played to the best of 7 games.

Prize Money
Winner: US$45,000
Runner-up: US$25,000
3rd place: US$15,000
4th place: US$10,000
5th –8th place: US$6,000
9th–16th place: US$3,250
17th–20th place: US$1,250
Total: US$150,000


About The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)
As the governing body for all international table tennis associations, The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is responsible for organizing numerous international competitions, including the World Table Tennis Championships which has been held since 1926. The ITTF’s main goals consists of overseeing rules and regulations, and seeking technological improvements for the sport of table tennis. The ITTF instituted several rule changes in the past, such as adjusting the ball’s size to make the sport more enjoyable via television for audiences.

For more information on this competition and the ITTF - click here -

Courtesy Official ITTF YouTube Channel

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