Tomokazu Harimoto is very active recently. He participated in both WTT European Series.
Tomokazu Harimoto is now the comeback king.
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Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto was the talk of the town on the final day of play at the inaugural WTT Champions European Summer Series 2022 in Budapest after completing an extraordinary 4-3 comeback win over China’s Lin Gaoyuan (3-11, 7-11, 12-14, 11-6, 11-6, 13-11, 11-9) on 23rd July.
Tomokazu Harimoto can’t believe it
It’s ‘the wonder kid’ versus ‘the Dark Knight’. Going in the head-to-head is level at two wins each; today we get the tiebreaker. Both are no strangers to finals; Lin and Harimoto have appeared in 10 finals each. Out of those appearances, Harimoto has won six titles while Lin has come away with four. Of the pair Lin will come in the better rested, having put on a completely dominant display of table tennis last night, emphatically defeating Chuang Chih-Yuan in straight games.
Meanwhile, Harimoto survived a seven game epic encounter against Patrick Franziska. A statistic to take note of is that the Japanese World No.3 has a 37% win rate against athletes from China. In global table tennis that puts the teenager in the highest tier and is exactly why the Chinese team consider him one of their biggest threats. With the biggest names from Team China out of the event, Lin will feel the pressure to get the win; but it’s also an opportunity for make a name for himself amongst his peers. Don’t miss this blockbuster conclusion to the European Summer Series.
A sorry moment of Tomokazu Harimoto
Tomokazu Harimoto said, “I can’t really believe it! I don’t really know why I won, because it was quite clear that my opponent was much better than me. It’s not my own efforts that have helped turn my form around, but it’s because of all the people around me who have supported me. So, I’m honestly grateful for them as they made it possible for me to come back and start winning matches again.”
The exclusive event sees the world’s top-ranked players duke it out against the backdrop of the electrifying Infinity Arena for a share of the USD $500,000 prize money, bringing fans table tennis entertainment to the max.
19-year-old Harimoto was enjoying somewhat of a renaissance in week two of the European Summer Series. Suffering a shock round of 32 exit at last week’s Star Contender event, Harimoto looked back to his best in the lead-up to the WTT Champions final and was hoping to bring his long wait for international silverware to a close on Saturday.
However, it was his opponent Lin who looked the more comfortable player under the lights in the final, dominating the early exchanges with his unrelenting attack. Coming off second best in the opening three games, Harimoto found himself staring right in the face of defeat. The Japanese star’s only way back was to claim the next four games on the spin, and that is exactly what he did.
Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto was the talk of the town on the final day of play at the inaugural WTT Champions European Summer Series 2022
Golden moment for WTTChampions Men’s Singles finalists
Gold medal – Tomokazu Harimoto
Silver medal – Lin Gaoyuan
Women’s Singles finalists
Golden smiles from our Women’s Singles finalists at WTT champions!
Greatest comeback ever 2022
In the final game, Tomokazu Harimoto defeated Lin Gaoyuan.
Pulling off one of the greatest comebacks the sport has ever seen last week, Japanese sensation Tomokazu Harimoto, 19, put a challenging run of form behind him in Budapest with his extraordinary title win at the first-ever WTT Champions event. Harimoto returns to action this week as the top seed in the Men’s Singles race, but he’s not the only star in attendance, with second seed Hugo Calderano just one of the famous names in the chasing pack.
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