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Steven
01-03-2014, 01:32 PM
The ITTF has updated the rankings again! The new rankings were published on January 2, 2014.



--- No breaking news! :D ---



But Wu Yang does pass Feng Tianwei this month.

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Wu Yang - Now World's no.4 - Photo by:Womenssportreport.com


Only one big event to end 2013 with; the World Junior Championships! This event gives us a look into the future of table tennis. Latest winners include Koki Niwa, Fan Zhendong and Zhu Yuling - All still rising players.

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Jang Woojin and Gu Yuting - 2013 World Junior Champions - Photos by: ITTF


Fan Zhendong himself, still a junior, did not participate, leaving chances for new Chinese names. China gathered a team of 4 boys and 4 girls and started their tournament impressively by winning both team's gold medals. However, as expected, big challenges were formed by team Japan consisting of Yuto Muramatsu, Masataka Morizono, Mima Ito and Miu Hirano. Japan earned silver... The question was, can upsets be created in the singles event?

Sadly this did not happen in the women's draw: China filled the semi finals after defeating Szocs and Ito in the quarters. Gu Yuting and Liu Gaoyang, being the more experience juniors through playing World Tour events earlier in 2013, battled their way to the final in which it was Gu Yuting who won in a tight match (4-3).


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Boys' singles medalists - 2013 World Junior Championships - Photos by: Tabletennista


Things were different in the boys' draw. Morizono again showed what he was capable of by beating Zhou Qihao in the quarters and secured his medal. At the other end of the draw it was not teammate Muramatsu who reached the semi finals, but Korea's Jang Woojin. Jang put up some great upsets as he also eliminated the rest of the Chinese players; Liang Jingkun, Kong Lingxuan and, finally, Zhou Kai.





This month's notable changes
76 (92) Masataka Morizono
142 (228) Jang Woojin
182 (216) Zhou Qihao
198 (289) Zhou Kai
200 (unr) Kong Lingxuan

04 (05) Wu Yang
32 (51) Gu Yuting
35 (51) Liu Gaoyang
53 (77) Doo Hoi Kem
57 (71) Bernadette Szocs
76 (99) Liu Xi


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


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

Upcoming month: World Tour Grand Finals, Global Junior Circuit Finals and the Hungarian Open!

Discuss!

pingpingpongpong
01-03-2014, 01:48 PM
Doo Hoi Kem of Hong Kong, just 17 years old, already at rank 53! And to say that Lee Ho Ching is at 21 right now at the age of 20 is already incredible.

Dan
01-03-2014, 04:13 PM
Great review as always Steven. Its incredible how Fan Zhendong is young enough to be able to participate in Junior events! I am really looking forward to the World Tour Grand Finals. I wonder how much this event will have an impact on the Febuary World Rankings. It could change some rankings in the top 10!

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Matt Hetherington
01-04-2014, 03:45 AM
Well that was boring haha, not much action. Hope the Grand Finals will be good!

EricTian
01-04-2014, 06:03 AM
it's about time we had a strong junior korean come into world table tennis!