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A novel and innovative draw took place to decide the quarterfinal matches being played at WTT Macao on Friday 27 November 2020. This was one of many experiments that have been trialled this week by WTT, as part of their preparations for 2021.

The Top 4 Seed Battle, which had taken place during the first two days of action between 25-26 November, determined the order of seeds for the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, the remaining four quarterfinalists had qualified through Battle One (played on Day One) featuring seeds 9-16 – and Battle Two (played on Day Two) in which seeds 5-8 took on the four winners of Battle One.

At the end of play on Thursday, the top 4 seeds took part in a unique draw, in which they could choose their opponents for the quarterfinals. Seed 1 had the first choice, followed by Seed 2, then Seed 3, with Seed 4 playing the remaining quarterfinalist.

Men’s Singles

China’s Xu Xin was seed 1, having won both his matches against Brazil’s Hugo Calderano (3-2) and compatriot Ma Long (3-2). Xu decided to face Sweden’s Mattias Falck in the quarterfinal. Falck, seed 6, had qualified courtesy of a 3-0 success against Brazil’s Gustavo Tsuboi.

Ma Long, whose opening day win against China’s Lin Gaoyuan (3-1) followed by Thursday’s loss to Xu Xin saw him finish as seed 2, selected Korea Republic’s Jeoung Youngsik. The Korean, seed 8, overcame England’s Liam Pitchford (3-2) in Battle Two.

Lin Gaoyuan, who fought back from 0-2 down to defeat Hugo Calderano on Thursday, emerged as Seed 3. Lin picked an all-Chinese battle against Fang Bo in the quarterfinal. A men’s singles silver medallist at the 2015 World Championships, but the bottom seed 16 in Macao, Fang stunned Cbinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju, seed 5, in Battle Two, having also knocked out Austria’s Robert Gardos in Battle One.

That left Calderano, seed 4, with no choice but to take on China’s rising star, Wang Chuqin. The 20-year-old, seed 7, had eliminated Hong Kong China’s Wong Chun Ting in Battle Two.

Women’s Singles

China’s Wang Manyu was seed 1, having won both her matches against compatriots Sun Yingsha (3-1) and Chen Meng (3-2). Wang decided to face Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching in the quarterfinal. Cheng, seed 5, had knocked out China’s Liu Weishan in Battle Two.

Chen Meng’s opening day win against China’s Ding Ning (3-1) followed by Thursday’s loss to Wang Manyu saw her finish as seed 2. Chen opted to take on Singapore’s Feng Tianwei in the quarterfinal. Feng, seed 6, had defeated USA’s Lily Zhang in straight games in the previous round.

Ding Ning, who emerged seed 3 thanks to her win on Thursday against Sun Yingsha (3-1), booked a quarterfinal date against compatriot Chen Xingtong. Chen, seed 8, had qualified courtesy of a straight games win over Hong Kong China’s Doo Hoi Kem in Battle Two.

That left Sun Yingsha, who finished as seed 4 after two defeats in the Top 4 Seed Battle, with no option but to face Wang Yidi. The Chinese seed 7 impressed on Thursday with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee.

Tournaments Event Information News A novel and innovative draw took place to decide the quarterfinal matches being played at WTT Macao on Friday 27 November 2020. This was one of

4 Seeds You Should Be Eating Every Day

It starts small (literally), by getting to know your seeds

Diana Figueroa

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It’s a new year, and I know, we’ve all been there: setting and trying to keep goals for ourselves involving more exercise and healthy eating. There are actually small ways to stay healthy in ways that are barely noticeable. By adding seeds to the healthy things you already eat, you’re also adding a bunch of awesome nutrients like fiber, iron and protein. Without a doubt, these tiny supplements can quickly add a big boost your nutrition.

We’re not talkin’ almonds, peanuts, or walnuts—those guys are too basic. Here are four staple seeds that you’ve probably heard about, and can get your New Year’s diet into full swing:

1. Chia Seeds

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Ch-ch-ch-chia. Yes, I know exactly what you’re thinking: these ARE the same chia seeds as your Chia Pet from way back when. What you probably didn’t know is that these small black (or white) seeds are edible and chock-full of omega-3 fatty acids, carbs, proteins, fiber, antioxidants and calcium. Who knew.

Popping one in your mouth by itself, you might notice a mild and nutty taste. When combined with other foods, this flavor basically disappears, so feel free to sprinkle away. Not only are they a pretty invisible superfood, but they also help keep the pounds off and keep a healthy heart pumping. Low in calories but full of nutrients, these small seeds make you feel full for longer and feeling pretty energized. Heaven knows we need all the energy we can get.

Try with: Oatmeal, yogurt, mixed into baked goods (i.e. muffins, pancakes, waffles, smoothies and açaí bowls). If you really become a fan, try chia seed pudding. It’s a super healthy and easy breakfast, snack and dessert food. Easy.

Recommended dose is just under two tablespoons (20 grams/70 calories) a day. Sounds like a lot, but it goes quickly I promise.

2. Flaxseeds

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Flaxseeds have been around for quite some time—try as far back as 3000 B.C. Even Charlemagne knew about their health benefits back in the 8th century. I guess you could say he was a trendsetter?

Flax has long-lasting health benefits, and like chia, the seeds are rich in fiber, healthy omega-3 fats and lignans. They’re kinda crunchy, but again, barely noticeable. The ground flax variety pretty much dissolves right into any liquid mixture.

There are even more benefits; these yellow to golden brown seeds produce healthy oils and protect against heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes and some cancers. Listen to this one: ground flaxseed is actually better for you than eating the entire raw seed. Lucky for you (and me) , 16-oz. bags are in almost any grocery store.

Try with: Oatmeal, soup, or ground flax in boiled and salted rice.

Recommended dose is just under two tablespoons (35-75 calories) a day. This is not too hard of a goal at all.

3. Pumpkin Seeds

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Next fall when you’re carving a pumpkin for Halloween, remember this: you can wash the slime off the seeds after scraping them out and keep ’em for later. Now that’s how you maximize the pumpkin. What is pretty cool is that pumpkin seeds have a traditional medicinal history in countries like India and Mexico. While they taste the best roasted, they also can be eaten raw and used in baking or cooking. Score.

These flat, light green and chewy treats are a natural source of iron, protein, and potassium. Don’t forget all the vitamins like B, C, and D—sounds like a fruit with all those vitamins, but nope. With all we have to deal with as college students, we are not strangers to anxiety or depression, and these seeds can actually help with these conditions.

Try with: Salad, trail mix, and baked in muffins or pancakes.

4. Quinoa

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Named one of the world’s healthiest foods, but definitely difficult to pronounce (Kwee-no-ah? Keen-wa?), this crop is also a “superfood,” with origins in the Incan Empire of Colombia. Hear me out, the part of quinoa that we eat is actually a seed NOT a whole grain. Even though we prepare it just like rice and barley, the next time someone says it’s a grain you can chuckle and correct them.

Eat quinoa and know that your diet will have fiber, calcium, protein (a “complete protein” for that matter) and all nine essential amino acids. The taste and texture is fluffy and a delicious cross between “brown rice and oatmeal.” I’m not that good at math, but with over 100 varieties, there are literally enough to create THOUSANDS of concoctions in the kitchen to last many New Year’s diets in the future.

Look out, because for those of you with diet restrictions, you may now rejoice because quinoa is naturally kosher, cholesterol and gluten free.

Try with: Salads, stir-fry, or in place of rice. Just add some salt, olive oil or lemon juice to eat alone, too.

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