Japanese Contingent Headed to Fort Worth Presents Strong Competition

By Matt Hetherington | Nov. 11, 2019, 5:48 p.m. (ET)

With entry registration for the 2019 Seamaster US Open Table Tennis Championships closing in just 4 days on November 15, a strong addition of Japanese players have been added to the field. 

The group of players, some having competed in the US Open in previous years, will add international flavor to a strong domestic field. 

The entries complement the news of previous weeks of Sweden's Matilda Ekholm entering the competition, as well as more recently Ukraine's Kou Lei and France's Enzo Angles. 

With the likes of 2017 US Open finalist Chiaki Kato entering the women's event, as well as highly rated 2800+ Hiromitsu Kasahara on the men's side, who in 2015 defeated Bojan Tokic in the early rounds, the tournament promises to be packed with incredible table tennis matches.

The Japanese will present a challenge to the likes of USA's Liu Juan, the defending champion in the Women's Singles, and also top rated players like Zhou Xin, 2016 US Open Finalist Bob Chen and 2015 US Open Champion Wang Jinxin. 

US Olympian and last year's finalist Lily Zhang is also entered and will be hoping to bring the recent form that landed her in the top 4 at the Women's World Cup. 

USATT are pleased to have the support of Japan for the US Open and are grateful for the energy and team spirit they bring to the US Open each year, as well as a high level of competition.

Last year, Ryohei Kanoya provided an exceptional final against Canada's Eugene Wang, while in 2017 it was all-Japan finals - both going to 7 games. 

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