Netease Sports reported on October 2:
The 2020 National Table Tennis Championships kicked off in Weihai, Shandong. The first-stage group competition of the men’s and women’s teams ended. The men’s team
According to the schedule, the current table tennis championships will be held from October 1st to 4th for team competitions, and from 5th to 10th for individual events. As for the men’s team, based on the results of last year’s National Championships, Beijing, Sichuan, Guangdong, and Shandong are the four seeded teams that directly enter the second stage of the knockout. The remaining teams are divided into 6 groups and compete for 12 knockout qualifications through group stages, and the top two in each group advance.
The Shanghai team led by Xu Xin must play the first group stage first. The Shanghai team first played against the Heilongjiang team. In the first game, Zhao Zihao lost 1-3 to Wang Bo, and the Shanghai team lost one point first. In the second game, Xu Xin played against Xu Yingbin and won 11-8, 12-10, and 11-6 in straight sets, regaining one point for the Shanghai team. In the third game, Sun Zheng lost 2-3 to Cao Wei and the Shanghai team trailed 1-2. In the fourth game, Xu Xin made his appearance again. Facing Wang Bo, he won 11-8 and 11-6 in the first two rounds, but was completely suppressed by his opponents and lost three consecutive rounds 12-14, 9-11 and 6-11. The Shanghai team lost 1-3 to Heilongjiang.
In the second game, Shanghai played against Tibet. Xu Xin did not play. After Sun Zheng scored one point 3-2, Zhao Zihao and Song Zhuoheng both won 3-0 in the second game. The Shanghai team scored 3-0. Won the first group match. In the third game, the Shanghai team played against the Hebei team, and Xu Xin went into battle again. In the first game, Xu Xin faced Zhai Chao. The first two games were won by 11-6 and 11-2. After losing 4-11 in the third game, they won 11-4 in the fourth game and scored the first point for the Shanghai team.
In the second game, Zhao Zihao lost to Liang Yanju. In the third set, Sun Zheng lost 2-3 to Cheng Jingqi. The Shanghai team lost 2 points and fell behind 1-2. In the fourth game, Xu Xin played Liang Yanzhen. After winning 11-7 in the first game, he lost 10-12 in the second game. In the third and fourth innings, Xu Xin won 11-9 and 11-3 one after another, chasing the Shanghai team to 2 draws. Although Zhao Zihao won Zhai Chao 3-1 in the last game and helped the Shanghai team win 3-2, the Shanghai team still missed the group due to the disadvantage of the net.
As for the women's team, the four teams from Shandong, Hebei, Heilongjiang and Liaoning were also the seeds of the tournament based on the results of last year's championship. The remaining teams were divided into 6 groups to compete for 12 knockout qualifications through the group stage, and the top two teams in the group advanced. After the first stage of the group stage, all 16 knockout teams were formed. After a lottery, the top seed Shandong faced Tibet in the 1/8 finals, and after reaching the quarterfinals, it faced the winners of Guangxi and Hubei. The fourth seed Liaoning is also in the upper half, facing Jiangsu in the first round, and the winners of Tianjin and Guangdong in the quarter-finals. The second seed, Hebei, faced Shanxi in the first round, and the quarter-finals played against Beijing or Yunnan. The third seed Heilongjiang faced Henan first. After winning, he will face the winners of Shaanxi and Sichuan.