The yusho race
No changes from yesterday; Yokozuna Hakuho remains the sole leader at 10-1, followed by Komusubi Asanoyama (9-2) and Ozeki Takakeisho (8-3). Hakuho now enters a four-day stretch of fighting what upper-rank opponents are still around, starting with Endo tomorrow (10-1 head-to-head), to be followed by Abi (1-1), Mitakeumi (9-2), and Takakeisho (4-1). The main pursuer, Asanoyama, has Mitakeumi tomorrow (1-2), while his remaining 3 opponents will come from the rank-and-file (most likely Tamawashi, Kotoyuki, and Aoiyama).
The Ozeki and aspiring Ozeki
Takakeisho secured his kachi-koshi, ensuring that we will have one non-kadoban Ozeki in January. Asanoyama now has 19 wins over the last two tournaments; he probably needs two more to be on a realistic Ozeki run at Hatsu. Mitakeumi (5-6) now needs to win out to keep his run going.
The San’yaku ranks
Tochinoshin’s “probation” Sekiwake slot, which he inherited from Takakeisho, will now pass to Takayasu, setting the dubious record of 3 straight basho (and 4 out of 5) featuring an “Ozekiwake”. Asanoyama looks like an increasingly good bet to join him at that rank, either by taking over Mitakeumi’s slot, should the latter fail to pick up 3 more wins, or by forcing an extra slot with 11 victories. Mitakeumi needs 2 wins to extend his san’yaku streak to 18 tournaments. With a 6-5 record, Abi’s chances of promotion are slim, as he’d need 3 more wins than Asanoyama over the final four days, and still has the Yokozuna, the Ozeki, and the Sekiwake on his dance card after his date with Tamawashi tomorrow.
Abi needs to at least split his remaining bouts to remain Komusubi. Of the other two incumbents, Endo (5-6) needs to go 3-1 or better, while Hokutofuji (4-7) needs to win out. Endo, of course, faces Hakuho tomorrow for his last ranked opponent, while Hokutofuji is done with the san’yaku portion of his schedule.
M1e Daieisho (6-5) continues to lead the promotion queue, followed by M1w Okinoumi (5-6), M2e Myogiryu and M2w Meisei, both (5-6), and M4e Tamawashi (6-5).
M15w Daishoho (2-9) has punched his ticket for the infamous Juryo barge. M14w Nishikigi (3-8) joins him at make-koshi and needs to win out to avoid making the trip down, while M15e Daishomary (4-7) staved off his 8th loss and needs 3 more victories to stay. M9e Kotoshogiku (3-8), M14e Terutshuyoshi (6-5), and M10e Shimanoumi (4-7) each need one more win for safety; everyone else still competing is guaranteed to be back in the top division in January.
Your Juryo promotion queue after Day 11: J1e Azumaryu (7-4), J3e Ikioi (8-3), J2 Tochiozan (7-7), J5e Kaisei (8-3), and J7w Kotonowaka (9-2).