Success For Japanese Teenage Duo At WTT Star Contender Doha 2021!

Mima Ito completes undefeated record in Doha (Photo: ITTF)

After a week of electrifying table tennis, Japan witnessed its infamous teenage duo, Mima Ito and Tomokazu Harimoto, take the women’s and men’s singles titles at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Star Contender Doha 2021 event in dominating fashion.

No.1 seed in the Women’s Singles category, Ito faced off against fifth seed, Feng Tianwei (Singapore) in a thrilling all-Asian final. Ito, who had showcased an unbreakable level of skill throughout the tournament, crushed Feng’s hope of winning her first career title since 2017, as the former took victory by a convincing 4:1 score-line. As a result, Ito claims her second consecutive WTT title this month, the undisputed champion of the 2021 WTT Middle East Hub series.

Boasting an undefeated record since her conquest at the WTT Contender Doha 2021 competition, Ito will now look to extend her winning ambitions to forthcoming WTT events, in the hopes of replicating her dominant display throughout the remainder of the year. With Tokyo 2021 fast approaching, the Japanese teenager continues to have her sights set on challenging her world-class rivals for Gold, arguably Ito’s greatest challenge to come.

In the men’s singles category, it was Ito’s compatriot, Tomokazu Harimoto who was crowned champion after conquering Germany’s Ruwen Filus with a spectacular 4:2 victory to claim his first-ever WTT title. A much-deserved achievement for the Japanese superstar, who had showcased a fantastic level of table tennis to defeat the unseeded finalist, Filus.

However, after falling short to Filus’ compatriot, Dimitrij Ovtcharov, in last week’s semi-final, Harimoto will have to keep his guard up if he wishes to continue his pursuit for further titles in 2021.

China’s withdrawal from the WTT Middle East Hub resulted in the World No.1 and No.2 ranked players, Ma Long and Fan Zhendong, missing out on competing in Doha. Therefore, Harimoto will have to continue his wait before he can rise up against the dominance of Chinese table tennis, a contention he will be anticipating in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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