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Steven
04-04-2014, 02:01 PM
The ITTF has updated the rankings again! The new rankings were published on April 4, 2014.



--- Dimitrij Ovtcharov joins top 4! ---



Ovtcharov passes both Wang Hao and Zhang Jike. Jun Mizutani re-enters the top 10 by switching with Vladimir Samsonov and Seo Hyo Won passes Kasumi Ishikawa to gain the 8th spot.

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A career-high for Dimitrij Ovtcharov - Photo by: zimbio.com





Past month showed two big events: The Asian Cup, and a Super Series World Tour; the German Open.




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Ma Long and Ding Ning - 2014 Asian Cup Champions - Photos by: ATTU


In Wuhan, China, the GAC Asian Cup was played according to the same system as used in the GAC Europe Cup earlier this year.

Top seeds were Ma Long and Fan Zhendong in the men's event, and Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia in the women's event. As expected all four fought their way through the groups into the main draw. Notable was the participation of Korea DPR. Biggest surprise of their team was Ri Myong Sun, who ended 1st in her group by beating only higher ranked players Feng Tianwei, Kasumi Ishikawa and Seok Hajung. She kept going until the semi final where she was stopped by Li Xiaoxia. Ding Ning also made her way to the final by a win over Yu Mengyu.
In the final match, Ding Ning beat the reigning World and Olympic champion in 6 sets.

Fan Zhendong had some problems in his groups stage, needing the full 5 games against both Chen Chien-An and Tang Peng. After that, he found his form and booked a place in the final by two impressive 4-0 victories over Achanta and Mizutani. People were hoping for a rematch of Ma Long and Fan Zhendong in the final to see if Fan could already get along with the rest of the top 3. Ma Long went for it and entered the final after 4-1 victories over Kim Min Seok and Chen Chien-An. The final was what the crowd wanted to see: A spectacular match of the highest level, won by Ma Long, 4-3.





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Shan Xiaona and Dimitrij Ovtcharov - 2014 German Open Champions - Photos by: ITTF


Wang Hao, together with a group of Junior Chinese talents visited Germany to make things difficult for the favourite Dimitrij Ovtcharov. However the German Open was a tournament of big upsets. Already in the first round Stefan Fegerl posted a win against Chuang Chih-Yuan. Tomas Konecny defeated Koki Niwa and Robert Floras beat Oh Sang Eun. Most surprising player was Steffen Mengel, who knocked out top seed Wang Hao, as well as Cho Eon Rae and Alexander Shibaev. Also there was Tiago Apolonia accounting for two upsets against Jiang Tianyi and Michael Maze. However, the final was an exciting showdown between Jun Mizutani and the crowd's favourite winner: Dimitrij Ovtcharov.

The women's event had no Chinese participants. Number 2 seed Li Jiao exited in the first round against Hala Cho of Korea. A nice chance for the German team to also grab a prize on home soil. Both Han Ying and Shan Xiaona reached the semi finals but had to face each other. The winner, Shan Xiaona, went on to battle with the top seed Seo Hyo Won. Shan showed no problems with the defender and won 4-0.






This month's notable changes
4 (6) OVTCHAROV Dimitrij
15 (19) KIM Min Seok
22 (30) KISHIKAWA Seiya
23 (29) APOLONIA Tiago
35 (47) GERELL Par
39 (54) ACHANTA Sharath Kamal
48 (64) FEGERL Stefan
49 (102) MENGEL Steffen

12 (17) HAN Ying ^
14 (22) LEE Ho Ching
19 (41) SHAN Xiaona ^
23 (33) RI Myong Sun
41 (61) POLCANOVA Sofia ^



Men's World Rankings
1 (1) XU Xin
2 (2) MA Long
3 (3) FAN Zhendong
4 (6) OVTCHAROV Dimitrij
5 (4) ZHANG Jike
6 (5) WANG Hao
7 (7) YAN An
8 (8) CHUANG Chih-Yuan

9 (9) BOLL Timo
10 (11) MIZUTANI Jun
11 (10) SAMSONOV Vladimir
12 (12) FREITAS Marcos
13 (13) ZHOU Yu
14 (14) GAO Ning
15 (19) KIM Minseok
-- (16) HAO Shuai (inactive)
16 (15) NIWA Koki

17 (17) MATSUDAIRA Kenta
18 (20) CHEN Chien-An
19 (18) JOO Saehyuk
20 (23) CHO Eonrae
21 (24) BAUM Patrick
22 (30) KISHIKAWA Seiya
23 (29) APOLONIA Tiago
24 (21) TANG Peng
-- (24) CHEN Qi (inactive)

25 (25) MAZE Michael
26 (27) SHIONO Masato
27 (26) STEGER Bastian
28 (22) CRISAN Adrian
29 (28) GIONIS Panagiotis
30 (35) JUNG Youngsik
31 (36) JIANG Tianyi
32 (31) GARDOS Robert



Women's World Rankings
1 (1) LIU Shiwen
2 (2) DING Ning
3 (3) LI Xiaoxia
4 (4) CHEN Meng
5 (5) ZHU Yuling
6 (6) WU Yang
7 (7) FENG Tianwei
8 (9) SEO Hyowon

9 (8) ISHIKAWA Kasumi
-- (10) FUKUHARA Ai (inactive)
10 (11) LIU Jia
11 (13) PAVLOVICH Viktoria
12 (17) HAN Ying ^
13 (12) LI Jiao
14 (22) LEE Ho Ching
-- (14) SHEN Yanfei (inactive)
15 (19) SEOK Hajung
16 (16) HU Limei




In April: Spanish Openand the World Team Table Tennis Championships!

Discuss!

TTHopeful
04-04-2014, 02:11 PM
Germany's Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Steffen Mengal! Great jumps!

Alborz
04-04-2014, 02:14 PM
Ovtcharov now in top 4! Good for him.
Zhang Jike went down again. I hope he perform good in WTTTC and get higher in next month WR.

pingpingpongpong
04-04-2014, 03:31 PM
Wong Chun Ting now at 37.
Lee Ho Ching is now HK's #1 at 14! Her goal last year was to reach 30 and she ended up at 21. Her goal this year is to reach 15 and here she is.

pong4lyfe
04-04-2014, 04:24 PM
Ugh if only ZJK played more world tours and tried his best in those... hoping he can at least regain 3rd

Tony's Table Tennis
04-04-2014, 08:03 PM
I just noticed something.

If Hu Lemei and other young ones can improve and get some good wins/points, then there is a huge possiblity that the top 10 will be occupied by China lol

SpinQuark
04-04-2014, 10:45 PM
Liam Pitchford was unlucky to get knocked out of the German Open in the first round by a young Chinese player with the benefit of being well played in through qualifying matches. Cost him the chance to get some ranking points.

On the plus side he remains the worlds 5th ranked U21 player. Hopefully this bodes well for the future.;)

Der_Echte
04-05-2014, 12:02 PM
Kim Min Seok and Jung Young Sik are talking this very subject on FB haha.

Dan
04-07-2014, 01:58 PM
Fantastic report as always Steven! I wonder where Paul Drinkhall will be ranked after his recent performance at the Spanish Open...

aLeX-12345
05-28-2014, 05:48 PM
Mengel Steffen - 102 to 49!