Seed players such as Tomokazu Harimoto and Mima Ito, who have been nominated to represent the Tokyo Olympics, will participate in the All Japan Table Tennis Championships held in Osaka City from the 15th, the fifth day of the tournament.
The All Japan Table Tennis Championships, which have been held in Osaka since the 11th of this month, are being held without spectators to prevent the infection of the new coronavirus.
The men's and women's singles will be held in the 4th round on the 15th, the 5th day of the tournament, and seed players such as those who have been appointed as representatives of the Tokyo Olympics will enter the first round.
In the men's singles, Harimoto, who is the top Japanese player and 5th in the world ranking, aims to win the championship for the first time in three years.
Harimoto has missed the championship for the second consecutive year since he won his first victory at the youngest age of 14 three years ago.
The key is to be able to carry out the original bullish attack against the opponent who is approaching with "Overthrow / Harimoto".
In addition, Koki Niwa, who has been appointed as the representative of the Tokyo Olympics along with Harimoto, Yukiya Uda, who defeated Harimoto in the final last year, and Harimoto and Niwa in the T-League this season. Junsuke Togami, who has won in a row, will compete for the championship.
On the other hand, in the women's singles, Ito, who is third in the world, is aiming to win the championship for the first time in two years. It will be interesting to see how Ito, who is active in international competitions such as defeating a strong Chinese player, will fight against domestic rivals.
Kasumi Ishikawa, who has been appointed as the representative of the Tokyo Olympics along with Ito, will aim to win the championship for the first time in five years, and Miu Hirano for the first time in four years.
Also, one of the highlights is what kind of match will be played against the unofficial Olympic athletes, as Hina Hayata, who defeated Ito in the semi-finals and Ishikawa in the finals for the first time, won the championship smoothly.
The tournament will run until the 17th of this month.