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Steven
04-05-2013, 12:20 PM
--- Ma Long remains World no.1 ---



Definitely first-place-worthy Ma Long stays at the top, as he hasn't lost a single set in the whole of the past month!


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Ma Long - Regards no.1 position - Photo by: ITTF



March has been the month of the World Team Classic! Although the top 20 players haven't met each other a lot, several surprising results occurred.

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Left: Omar Assar after Egypt's win over Germany. Right: Chien-An Chen - Photos by: ITTF



Biggest surprise of the tournament was the Men's team of Egypt. After a historical 3-2 victory over Singapore in their group they became the first ever African team to reach the quarter finals. Even more unexpected the team managed to extend their success to also beat Germany 3-2 and reach the semi-finals. The main three players, El-Sayed Lashin, Omar Assar and Ahmed Saleh, have each earned their highest World ranking so far, at places 76, 101 and 152 respectively.

Another surprise was one of the players who ended Egypt's winning streak. Young and talented Chinese Taipei's Chien-An Chen managed to overcome World champion Zhang Jike in the men's team final after an exciting full-range match. Chien-An Chen jumps 21 places to the 27th spot.

Nearly unnoticed is how Japan's Koki Niwa regains the first place in the U21 ranking - He had lost it to Yan An last month..





This month's notable changes
27 (48) Chien-An Chen
45 (91) Cazuo Matsumoto
58 (45) Patrick Franziska
76 (99) El-Sayed Lashin
127 (154) Abdel-Kader Salifou
152 (170) Ahmed Saleh

42 (53) Kristin Silbereisen
105 (unr) Wu Xue
127 (157) Dina Meshref
180 (253) Soo Wai Yam Minnie
194 (286) Lam Yee Lok

Men's World Rankings
01 (<<) Ma Long
02 (<<) Xu Xin
03 (<<) Zhang Jike
04 (<<) Wang Hao
05 (<<) Timo Boll
06 (<<) Chih-Yuan Chuang
07 (<<) Dmitrij Ovtcharov
08 (<<) Ma Lin
09 (<<) Wang Liqin
10 (09) Jun Mizutani
11 (<<) Vladimir Samsonov
12 (<<) Hao Shuai
13 (<<) Joo Se Hyuk
14 (<<) Gao Ning
15 (<<) Jiang Tianyi
16 (<<) Chen Qi
17 (<<) Oh Sang Eun
18 (<<) Michael Maze
19 (<<) Adrian Crisan
20 (<<) Ryu Seung Min
21 (23) Koki Niwa
22 (21) Yan An
23 (22) Marcos Freitas
24 (23) Lee Jung Woo
25 (<<) Zhan Jian ^
26 (<<) Bastian Steger
27 (48) Chien-An Chen
28 (32) Patrick Baum
29 (27) Fang Bo
30 (28) Adrien Mattenet
31 (29) Seiya Kishikawa
32 (34) Robert Gardos


Women's World Rankings
01 (<<) Ding Ning
02 (<<) Liu Shiwen
03 (<<) Li Xiaoxia
04 (<<) Feng Tianwei
05 (<<) Guo Yan
06 (<<) Kim Kyung Ah
06 (<<) Shen Yanfei
08 (<<) Zhu Yuling
09 (<<) Kasumi Ishikawa
10 (11) Chen Meng
11 (12) Wu Yang
12 (10) Ai Fukuhara
13 (<<) Feng Yalan
14 (<<) Viktoria Pavlovich
15 (<<) Guo Yue
16 (<<) Wang Yuegu


We are already in the middle of the Korean Open 2013! What influence will this tournament have on the current ranking? Will Ma Long stay at the top? Or could Yan An cause trouble like last time? Discuss!

pingpingpongpong
04-05-2013, 01:30 PM
There is not really a lot of changes.

Minnie SOO and LAM Yee Lok are both from HK. Both are junior players and Minnie Soo is still a cadet!

UpSideDownCarl
04-05-2013, 07:54 PM
Yep. Not a lot of changes. In the top 20 of the men's, no real changes at all.

TTANKEY
04-05-2013, 08:04 PM
Yaay Cazuo Matsumoto from my country! He won a match of Jun Mizutani (3x0) (:

And definitely no real changes

jmillsy2
04-06-2013, 05:18 PM
i think next months list will have a few changes on it!
yan an will move up, and zhang jike wont move down i dont think, but will certainly lose some more points...

in the women, lee ho ching, seo hyo won and hiroko fujii will all move up again ebcause of their korean open performances. kang dongsoo should move up a bit too, as he beat muramatsu and kazuhiro chan :)

do they use the april or may rnking list for the seeding for the worlds?

Alborz
04-07-2013, 12:21 PM
i think i the next ranking list Xu Xin will be number one.

TurboZ
05-02-2013, 12:12 PM
Xu Xin is back to world rank number one in May as expected and surprise to see Wang Hao replaced ZJK as WR3. Yan An jump from 22 to 14 and the rest remain more or less the same. Congratulation XX. WTTC sure will be exciting. :cool:

Alborz
05-02-2013, 01:01 PM
ZJK now #4 behind Wang Hao :(

Arlen
05-02-2013, 02:33 PM
Hope the upcoming WTTC will make some big changes to the World Rankings in June. Unlike other sports, table tennis tends to have less changes in rankings.

Hopefully Zhang Jike will regain the top spot or at least third. I'm pretty sure Yan An will be able to break the top 10 this time too. If Ma Long meets Xu Xin in the finals for WTTC, the winner will be WR no.1 fo sure. And Boll should really move somewhere from 5th :p