Worlds Day Two: All Eyes on England
Site Products
Worlds Day Two: All Eyes on England

Worlds Day Two: All Eyes on England

(By Steve Hopkins/Photo by ITTF)
Worlds Day Two: All Eyes on England

The Championship Division of the 2018 World Team Championships in Halmstad is made up of four groups of six teams. The top seed in each group are seeds 1-4 in the tournament: Germany, China, Japan, and France.   The order of play is set so that the better teams play each other last, so by design the tournament does not normally feature major upsets early.  The top two groups (featuring Germany and China) are progressing as expected, with each having won all three of their matches – and with their most difficult match-up on the horizon.  That does not mean that there have been no upsets.  Sweden defeated Hong Kong (No. 3 over No. 2 the Group A) and Brazil upset Portugal (No. 3 over No. 2 the Group B), but the top team in those groups has been unscathed thus far.

Groups C and D have featured some larger upsets.  In Group D, the third seed Austria defeated France which could affect which teams advance.  The second seed in that group, Korea, has been strong thus far, so that group could be won by any of three teams depending upon the next two matches.  That will make for some very exciting final matches within the group.

Group D’s third seed, England, was the biggest story of Day 2.  As the third seed, this was England’s most difficult day as they played second seed Taipei in the morning and first seed Japan in the afternoon.  They rose to the occasion in the morning match with Liam Pitchford winning twice and Paul Drinkhall winning once to claim a 3-1 upset.

After a few hours of rest, Team England then returned to the arena for a second battle and turned in a result that likely surprised even their most ardent supporters.  England knocked off Japan, the third seed in the entire tournament, and did so decisively.  Japan’s Jun Mizutani struck first with a close win over Paul Drinkhall 3-2.  Liam Pitchford then upset Tomokazu Harimoto 3-0.  Sam Walker then upset Koki Niwa 3-0.  And then Liam Pitchford upset Jun Mizutani 3-2.  England is now in the driver’s seat for Group C with wins over both teams seeded above them.

Check in at for updates and information.



Latest News


September 27, 2022
(By: ITTF Foundation) Table tennis fans from around the world can bid to own the exclusive Dang Qiu… Read More

Butterfly San Antonio Fall Open Results And Tournament Report

September 27, 2022
(By: Vlad Farcas) On September 10th the 2022 BUTTERFLY San Antonio Fall Open, a 2-star USATT Sanctioned took… Read More

Tashiya Piyadasa Won The ITTF Americas Hope Continental Challenge 2022

September 27, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) The ITTF Americas Hope Continental come with an amazing victory to USA by Tashiya… Read More

Coaching Tips of the Week: The Quick Chip Receive

September 26, 2022
(By Larry Hodges) Often an opponent serves short backspin or no-spin serves to the middle or backhand, and… Read More

WAB Club Feature: Song Jeho Table Tennis Club

September 25, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins) The Song Jeho Table Tennis Club (“SJHTTC”) is centrally located in Los Angeles.  The club is… Read More

Triangle’s 2022 Butterfly September Tournament

September 25, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins) Triangle Badminton and Table Tennis Club hosted their Butterfly September open last weekend.  There were… Read More

Pan Am U11 & U13 Results: Team USA’s Strong Results in Santo Domingo

September 25, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins, photo USATT) The 2022 ITTF Pan American U11 and U13 Championships were held this week… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips with Yu Di – The Forehand Smash

September 23, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) In this Butterfly Training Tips, Yu Di is working with Risheetha Bhagawatulaa on the… Read More
View All News

Get the latest from Butterfly

Stay “In The Loop” with Butterfly professional table tennis equipment, table tennis news, table tennis technology, tournament results, and We Are Butterfly players, coaches, clubs and more.