World Rankings News 2017
Wednesday 1st November
Xu Xin and Zhang Jike omitted from World Rankings
Ma Long and Fan Zhendong retain the top two respective positions on the Men’s World Rankings published on Wednesday 1st November but Chinese colleagues, absent from the international scene in recent months, Xu Xin and Zhang Jike, no longer appear on the published order.
Winner of the Liebherr Men’s World Cup title, Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov appears at a career high no.3; colleague Timo Boll climbs one place and is now in the no.4 spot.
Next in line appear two familiar Japanese names but in different order than in past editions of the global order, Koki Niwa and Jun Mizutani. Koki Niwa climbs from no.8 to no.5, Jun Mizutani from no.7 to no.6.
Next in line appears the name of China’s Lin Gaoyuan, he advances two places but it is the name of Frenchman Simon Gauzy, fourth place at the recent Liebherr 2017 Men’s World Cup, who makes the most significant progress. He advances from no.13 to no.8, being one place ahead of Japan’s Kenta Matsudaira and China’s Fang Bo; each climbs two places.
Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan and Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting complete the top 12 names; for Chuang Chih-Yuan it is a climb of four places, for Wong Chun Ting a drop of two positions.
Progress amongst the very elite names, there is also progress down the order.
Quarter-finalist in Liège, Russia’s Alexander Shibaev moves from no.41 to no.23; Japan’s Mizuki Oikawa, the winner of the Under 21 Men’s Singles event at the 2017 ITTF Challenge Polish Open advances from no.91 to no.75.
Similarly there is major progress of India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Frenchman Abdel-Kader Salifou and Kazakhstan’s Kirill Gerassimenko. All previously outside the top 100 names, all are now within the top 100. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran moves from no.102 to no.87, Abdel-Kader Salifou from no.116 to no.91, Kirill Gerassimenko from no. 126 to no.97.
Meanwhile on the age group listings, Fan Zhendong retains his top spot on the Under 21 Men’s World Rankings as does Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto on both the Under 18 Boys’ and Under 15 Boys’ World Rankings.
Once again Tomokazu Harimoto and Brazil’s Hugo Calderano are next in line to Fan Zhendong; similarly on the Under 15 list, China’s Niu Guankai and Korea’s Cho Daeseong retain the next two respective positions.
However, on the Under 18 Boys’ World Rankings, there is a change. China’s Xue Fei moves from no.6 to no.2; the effect is that Japan’s Yuto Kizukuri drops one place to no.3 with Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju and Niu Guankai changing positions.
Lin Yun-Ju is now at no.3, Niu Guankai one place lower.
Zhu Yuling, new name at top of world order
Winner at the recent in Markham, Toronto at the Uncle Pop 2017 ITTF Women's World Cup presented by Polar Naturals, China’s Zhu Yuling is the world’s no.1 ranked female player.
She climbs one position to occupy the prestigious top spot on the Women’s World Rankings issued for November 2017.
It is the first time her career that Zhu Yuling has headed the list, she replaces colleague, Ding Ning, the reigning Olympic and World champion whose name no long appears owing to a recent absence from the international scene.
The effect is that there is a climb of one place for Chen Meng and Liu Shiwen, likewise both from China; Chen Meng is now at no.2 followed by Liu Shiwen. Similarly it is one position higher for the next three names in the order of merit. Kasumi Ishakawa is now at no.4 followed by Japanese colleagues Miu Hirano and Mima Ito.
Bronze medallist in Markham, Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching is the next in line; she climbs from no.10 to no.7, being one place ahead of Singapore’s Feng Tianwei and China’s Sun Yingsha who retain their status of one month ago.
No change for Feng Tianwei and Sun Yingsha; for the players who complete the top 12 names, it is one step higher. Wang Manyu, like Sun Yingsha from China now appears at no.10 pursued by Germany’s Han Ying and Japan’s Hitomi Sato.
Progress but amongst the elite names, the most notable progress is that made by Korea’s Suh Hyowon; she is now listed at no.20, having in October appeared at no.27.
Also, in the top 50 names there is major advancement for Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu and for Hong Kong’s Lee Ho Ching both quarter-finalists in Markham. Chen Szu-Yu moves from no.32 to no.21, Lee Ho Ching from no.42 to no.27. Progress for Lee Ho Ching, it marks very much a changing of the guard in Hong Kong; pertinently the names of Tie Yana and Jiang Huajung, pivotal members of the national team for over a decade, no long appear on the listings.
Efforts at the Uncle Pop 2017 ITTF Women's World Cup presented by Polar Naturals rewarded, it is very much the same for Egypt’s Dina Meshref; beaten in the opening round by Liu Shiwen having negotiated the group stage, she moves from no.103 to no.92.
Somewhat similarly Germany’s Nina Mittelham benefits from her October exploits; winner of the Under 21 Women’s Singles title at the 2017 ITTF Challenge Polish Open, she advances from no.113 to no.90.
Meanwhile on both the Under 21 Women’s World Rankings and Under 18 Girls’ World Rankings, the top three names are the same and remain the same. Miu Hirano continues in top spot, followed by Mima Ito and Sun Yingsha.
However, on the Under 15 Girls’ World Rankings, there is a change; Japan’s Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki continue to occupy the respective top two places but next in line is now Crystal Wang of the United States.
She climbs from no.5 to no.3; China’s Huang Yingqi drops one position; she is now in the no.4 spot.