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Steven
11-06-2013, 12:36 PM
The ITTF has updated the rankings again! The new rankings were published on November 5, 2013. According to ITTF's calendar (http://ittf.com/_front_page/ittf2.asp?category=calendar), the next release will be December 5, 2013.



--- Dmitrij Ovtcharov passes Timo Boll ---



Out of form Timo skips European Championships and loses against Dima at the Men's World Cup.


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Dmitrij Ovtcharov and Timo Boll - Men's World Cup 2013. Photo by: ITTF


October has seen three big tournaments! The month started with the European Championships, a nice warming up for the Europeans who qualified for the Men's World Cup which was held at the end of the month. In between there was a somewhat less known event: The East Asian Games.



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Panagiotis Gionis and Li Fen - 2013 European Championships surprises - Photos by: ITTF

After the withdrawals of Timo Boll, the European Championships could be won by anyone.

In the men's event this was Dmitrij Ovtcharov's chance to step up as the no.1 seed. Ovtcharov earlier led Germany to team's Gold by defeating Greece in the final. Team Greece, led by Kalinikos Kreanga earned confidence through Panagiotis Gionis who played surprisingly well and even defeated Vladimir Samsonov in the semi final against Team Belarus.
Gionis repeated his success in the singles event however this time Samsonov was well-prepared; Samsonov beat Gionis and grabbed silver behind Ovtcharov. Bastian Steger took the second bronze medal.

The high amount of new faces in the women's tournament caused a rise of discussions about Chinese-born players representing European countries. Team Romania, expected winner of this stage, was beaten in the final against Germany, who played with many of these unknown players.
In the singles event all four top seeds Shen Yanfei, Viktoria Pavlovich, Li Jiao and Elizabeta Samara had a tough time; all suffered defeat before the semi finals. For the first time since 2002, Sweden earned a gold medal at the European's; Li Fen defeated Germany's Xiaona Shan in the final.



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Team China - 2013 East Asian Games

At the table tennis event of the East Asian Games China dominated as usual, winning both the men's and women's team event. One exception however was Yan An, losing to both defenders Yuto Muramatsu and Joo Se Hyuk.
Fan Zhendong fulfilled his job by scoring two points for the team in the final against South Korea. After being 1-3 down in the final against Yan An, he again showed great mentality by winning the cup in the end.
Chen Meng reached the finals by beating Kasumi Ishikawa in the semi finals, before overcoming Zhu Yuling in the final.



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Xu Xin, Vladimir Samsonov and Dmitrij Ovtcharov - 2013 Men's World Cup medalists - Photo by: ITTF

Last but certainly not least... The Men's World Cup!
Ma Long not qualifying and Zhang Jike getting injured and replaced by Yan An gave many the hope the Cup would return to European hands this year... People got even more curious when Dmitrij Ovtcharov beat Yan An in the group phase, resulting in Xu Xin and Yan An playing each other in the quarter finals already. Xu Xin beat Yan An and also Dmitrij Ovtcharov after being down 2-3.
On the other side of the draw Vladimir Samsonov surprisingly beats Chuang Chih-Yuan after losing to him the group phase. Samsonov went on to beat Timo Boll to cause a rematch of last year's bronze medal match; but this time for gold. Samsonov played his best but lost in the end to the new champion: Xu Xin.





This month's notable changes
05 (06) Dmitrij Ovtcharov
09 (15) Vladimir Samsonov
20 (26) Tang Peng
35 (64) Panagiotis Gionis
38 (45) Patrick Franziska
70 (86) Stefan Fegerl
84 (103) Wang Zengyi
99 (119) Abdel-Kader Salifou
106 (124) Quentin Robinot
130 (175) Pavel Platonov

21 (32) Han Ying ^
32 (88) Li Fen ^
46 (unr) Fu Yu
90 (116) Bernadette Szocs
153 (284) Yang Yanmei

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


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

Upcoming month: Four World Tour Events! Polish Open, German Open, Russian Open and Swedish Open.

Discuss!

TTlover11
11-06-2013, 01:47 PM
Great for Dima;)

pingpingpongpong
11-06-2013, 01:48 PM
according to www.ittfrankings.com , the East Asian Games were not taken into account (yet). In terms of achievements, I think Timo is still more superior than Dima.Tang Peng jumped to the 20th! What could have it been if he had also defeated Xu Xin?! Impressive by him.

Steven
11-06-2013, 01:59 PM
according to www.ittfrankings.com (http://www.ittfrankings.com) , the East Asian Games were not taken into account (yet). In terms of achievements, I think Timo is still more superior than Dima.Tang Peng jumped to the 20th! What could have it been if he had also defeated Xu Xin?! Impressive by him.

Good point, however I think the East Asian Games have een taken into account since those results explain Koki Niwa's drop (lost against Kim Hyok Bong) and the small jump of Wu Yang.

Dan
11-06-2013, 02:09 PM
Excellent review as always Steven! Very impressive jumps in this ranking period! Good to see Dima pushing the top guys, I would love to see him now try to break into the top 4. @pingpongpom will sure be happy about Vladimir Samsonov breaking back into the top 10! :)

Matt Hetherington
11-07-2013, 10:47 PM
Excellent review as always Steven! Very impressive jumps in this ranking period! Good to see Dima pushing the top guys, I would love to see him now try to break into the top 4. @pingpongpom will sure be happy about Vladimir Samsonov breaking back into the top 10! :)

@Dan you bet I am lol that man is a legend and a half :D

Dan
11-08-2013, 07:59 AM
@Dan you bet I am lol that man is a legend and a half :D

He is haha! It's outstanding, really is!

massa
11-08-2013, 08:21 AM
Great entry from portuguese Fu Yu