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Steven
05-23-2013, 08:30 PM
The ITTF has updated the rankings very early this time! The new rankings were published on May 21, 2013. According to ITTF's calendar (http://ittf.com/_front_page/ittf2.asp?category=calendar), the next release will be July 1, 2013.



--- Xu Xin remains World no.1 ---



Although not winning the WTTC last week, Xu Xin still tops the World Rankings. All of the other top 5 players have gotten closer however...

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Xu Xin - Regards no.1 position - Photo by: An Sung Ho



May has been the month of the World Table Tennis Championships! The best players around the globe have gathered in Paris to find out who will be the reigning World Singles/Doubles Champions for the next 2 years, and so we have seen some beatiful matches, and interesting upsets.

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Zhang Jike and Li Xiaoxia - World Champions - Photos by: Remy Gros



Although they were not the favourites for the title, 2012 Olympic champions Zhang Jike and Li Xiaoxia have extended their successes by remaining unbeaten in Paris. For Zhang Jike it was his second WTTC title in a row, for Li Xiaoxia it was a first; she can now add her name to the small group of Grand Slam winners.

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Kenta Matsudaira and Hu Limei - Upsetting the odds - Photos by: ITTF and tabletennista


The biggest upsets in the Men's singles were caused by Kenta Matsudaira. Having lost a very tight match against Ma Lin 2 years ago at the WTTC in Yokohama, this time he took his revenge. He impressively beat Ma Lin 4-1, but it didn't stop there. Kenta beat the surprising Hung-Chieh Chiang from Chinese Taipei and Belarus' Vladimir Samsonov, to eventually be stopped by Xu Xin in a fantastic duel. Kenta jumps from the 58th to the 28th spot.

China's Hu Limei was already a surprise before the WTTC had started. This unknown defending player managed to directly qualify for Paris during China's Trials where she beat Ding Ning in the final. Since she did not have a ranking, she swept her way through the groups, preliminary rounds and main draw, winning 4-0 every match. However in the round of 32, the two met again. Were it the nerves or Ding Ning knowing her opponent a bit better this time.. Who knows. Hu Limei lost the rematch but earns the 94th place as her first world ranking.



This month's notable changes
28 (58) Kenta Matsudaira
48 (65) Cho Eon Rae
59 (46) Yuto Muramatsu
74 (103) Omar Assar
103 (131) Pavel Sirucek
115 (166) Hung-Chieh Chiang

16 (21) Seo Hyo Won
27 (44) Ri Myong Sun
50 (101) Melek Hu
55 (89) Tetyana Bilenko
94 (unr) Hu Limei
100 (155) Kim Hye Song
104 (166) Park Seong Hye


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


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


It has been a great WTTC! So what do you think, will Xu Xin and Ding Ning stay at the top of the ranking the following months? Or will they be caught by this year's WTTC winners Zhang Jike and Li Xiaoxia?
And will the surprises, the North Koreans, or Kenta Matsudaira continue their form after the WTTC? Discuss!

craniumburn
05-24-2013, 02:27 AM
michael maze rose from 18 to 17? i thought he was inactive?

pingpingpongpong
05-24-2013, 02:39 AM
michael maze rose from 18 to 17? i thought he was inactive?

because Jiang Tianyi dropped to 18 from 15...

UpSideDownCarl
05-24-2013, 02:58 PM
In the accumulated # of points,

Ma Long went from 2929 to 2955, that is an increase of 26 points.

Xu Xin went up from 2964 to 2979, that is an increase of 15 points

Why did Ma Long go up 11 points more than Xu Xin when they both lost in the semi finals and I don't think there were any other events in the month?

Wang Hao went from 2833 to 2904, that is 71 points.

Zhang Jike went from 2828 to 2922, 94 points.

Those two sound like they make sense. But why did Ma Long receive more points than Xu Xin when they both had the same basic results.

Steven
05-24-2013, 03:47 PM
In the accumulated # of points,

Ma Long went from 2929 to 2955, that is an increase of 26 points.

Xu Xin went up from 2964 to 2979, that is an increase of 15 points

Why did Ma Long go up 11 points more than Xu Xin when they both lost in the semi finals and I don't think there were any other events in the month?

Wang Hao went from 2833 to 2904, that is 71 points.

Zhang Jike went from 2828 to 2922, 94 points.

Those two sound like they make sense. But why did Ma Long receive more points than Xu Xin when they both had the same basic results.

It is because players earn points after winning, depending on the ranking of their opponent. Xu Xin won against lower ranked players (Apolonia, Freitas, Matsudaira) compared to Ma Long (Tokic, Niwa, Boll) and therefor he earns less points than Ma Long. This is how they calculate it, altough I'm not getting to 11 points either: http://www.ittf.com/ittf_ranking/pdfs/2013/2013_Rating&BP_Tables.pdf

Dan
05-24-2013, 08:58 PM
Thanks Steven! Amazing review as always! Kenta made a great jump and totally deserved this. I thought his performance at the WTTC was truly epic!

Hu Limei jumps straight into the top 100. Not bad for a first ranking :)

pingpingpongpong
05-25-2013, 12:04 PM
It is because players earn points after winning, depending on the ranking of their opponent. Xu Xin won against lower ranked players (Apolonia, Freitas, Matsudaira) compared to Ma Long (Tokic, Niwa, Boll) and therefor he earns less points than Ma Long. This is how they calculate it, altough I'm not getting to 11 points either: http://www.ittf.com/ittf_ranking/pdfs/2013/2013_Rating&BP_Tables.pdf

Xu Xin losing to ZJK costs him more points than Ma Long losing to Wang Hao

roohi
07-12-2013, 08:42 AM
I am extremely impressed