The fact they're continuing this past Scarlet and Violets release, AND the title being such a clear play on the very first episode's, really makes me think this could be the end. If not they're definitely baiting us hard.
Actually an incredible start to the battle. I could nitpick several things (big one is that gigantamax Pikachu got shafted) but overall that was a great episode and gives me high hopes for the rest of the battle.
If it's not a miscount and they just weren't supposed to give us the number, why would they even acknowledge the mistake? They'd be admitting they screwed up for no reason if the number is actually accurate.
Who would win? Arguably the second strongest trainer in the world, the champion of a region for years with a carefully curated, highly trained team, fine tuned with experience and strategies that are nigh unbeatable
A fish and duck
Obviously it won't happen, but I just think it would be hilarious if Cynthia won against Leon in the end and then immediately retired, making Leon rank #1 again by default and the tournament next year is just everyone trying to take him down again.