February 25, 2021

WTT Middle East Hub set to sizzle with stellar fields

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Doha, Qatar will host some of the biggest names in table tennis as part of the upcoming WTT Middle East Hub taking place between 3 – 13 March 2021 at Lusail Sports Arena.

The Middle East Hub marks the first official events of the WTT era. The brand-new event series is set to revolutionise the sport of table tennis, with players and fans positioned at the centre of WTT’s mission.

The Middle East Hub will feature two tiers of the new WTT event structure. The 2021 calendar will kick off with WTT Contender Doha before players move onto the first WTT Star Contender event the following week, providing the perfect preparation for some of the world’s leading stars to be challenged by the best up-and-coming athletes in table tennis.

BLOCKBUSTER LINE-UP IN DOHA

Among the world-class talent set to light up Doha in the men’s events are Xu Xin (China, world-ranked #2), Tomokazu Harimoto (Japan, WR #5), Hugo Calderano (Brazil, WR #6) and Lin Yun-Ju (Chinese Taipei, WR #7).

Meanwhile, Sun Yingsha (China, WR #2), Mima Ito (Japan, WR #3), Liu Shiwen (China, WR #7) and Cheng I-Ching (Chinese Taipei, WR #8) will be headlining both of the women’s events.

WTT Star Contender Doha will see more elite players taking to the table, including Mattias Falck (Sweden, WR #8), Jang Woojin (Korea Republic, WR #11) and Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany, WR #12) in the men’s draw and Kasumi Ishikawa (Japan, WR #9), Miu Hirano (Japan, WR #11) and Feng Tianwei (Singapore, WR #12) in the women’s draw.

Here are the top 10 men’s and top 10 women’s players in each of the events:

Click here to see the list of men’s and women’s singles entries for the Middle East Hub.

QTTA, as hosts of the Middle East Hub, will have the opportunity to include more of the world’s leading players or local stars. These will be announced shortly, as well as the doubles fields for both events.

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