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Steven
01-10-2015, 05:39 PM
The ITTF has published the new world rankings! These were released on January 4, 2015.



Kasumi Ishikawa now World #4!


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Kasumi Ishikawa, reaching a career high in January 2015 - Photo by: Zimbio



January was all about the World Tour Grand Finals! This event had led to several changes in both the Men's and Women's World top 10. Besides Kasumi Ishikawa gaining her highest ever ranking, also Dimitrij Ovtcharov (#6), Marcos Freitas (#10) and Seo Hyowon (#8) have worked their way to the top. Furthermore the most talented youth players have battled each other at the World Junior Championships.




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Yu Ziyang and Wang Manyu - 2015 World Junior Champions - Photos by: ITTF


The World Junior Championships were held in Shanghai, China.

Top seeded Yuto Muramatsu had a tough draw in front of him. China had already won the team event withouth losing a single match and 4 out of 6 Chinese players were in his side of the singles draw. He was in good shape though as he defeated European Junior Champion Alexandre Cassin 4-0 in the second round. Next up were Lyu Xiang and Xue Fei. Meanwhile Yu Ziyang, winner of the 2014 Japan Open also made it to the final by defeating Liu Dingshuo. The final was a repeat of the team event: Yu Ziyang won gold by defeating Muramatsu in straight sets.

The women's event also had a non-Chinese top seeded player: Doo Hoi Kem of Hongkong. Other much anticipated players included the Japanese team of which both Mima Ito and Miu Hirano reached the quarter finals. Doo Hoi Kem was eliminated earlier by Zhu Chaohui. After the Japanese girls were also defeated the semi finals were all-Chinese. Out of these four, Wang Manyu became the champion by beating Zhu Chaohui in the final.




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Jun Mizutani and Kasumi Ishikawa - 2014 World Tour Grand Finals Winners - Photos by: ITTF


The World Tour Grand Finals were held in Bangkok, Thailand. No Chinese players had qualified themselves for the event as none of them played participated in enough World Tour events.

In the women's event Feng Tianwei and Kasumi Ishikawa were top seeded. Shan Xiana and Han Ying, Germany's 3rd and 4th seeds were eliminated in the first round by Yu Mengyu and Yu Fu. The biggest surprise was Seo Hyowon of Korea who fought her way into the final where she met Kasumi Ishikawa. Altough Ishikawa showed no problems at all with Seo Hyowon, she still earned a great boost in this month's world rankings.

Jun Mizutani and Dimitrij Ovtcharov were top seeds in the men's event. After Ovtcharov nearly dropped out in the quarter finals in a close 4-3 match with Chuang Chih-Yuan, the only unexpected player in the semi finals was Hongkong's Tang Peng who defeated Vladimir Samsonov, but beating Ovtcharov would be a step too far. In a repeat of the 2014 German Open final, this time it was Mizutani taking most of the prize money. With a 11-9 victory in the deciding set he took revenge for what happened in Magdeburg.

The doubles champions were Cho Eonrae and Seo Hyundeok of Korea, and Miu Hirano together with Mima Ito for Japan.









Other events included in this month's rankings are:
2014 Finlandia Open, Helsinki, Finland
2014 Russian Junior & Cadet Open, St Petersburg, Russia



This month's most notable changes
6 (7) OVTCHAROV Dimitrij
10 (11) FREITAS Marcos
14 (17) TANG Peng
20 (35) YU Ziyang
24 (30) MURAMATSU Yuto
33 (45) DRINKHALL Paul
73 (97) MACHI Asuka
87 (107) OUAICHE Stephane
119 (156) LYU Xiang

4 (6) ISHIKAWA Kasumi
8 (12) SEO Hyowon
14 (18) POTA Georgina
36 (56) WANG Manyu
39 (22) DOO Hoi Kem
55 (67) MAEDA Miyu
61 (88) ZHU Chaohui
71 (97) HE Zhuojia
83 (112) CHEN Ke
91 (108) MITTELHAM Nina
112 (134) SAWETTABUT Suthasini




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

9 (9) BOLL Timo
10 (11) FREITAS Marcos
11 (10) YAN An
12 (13) NIWA Koki
13 (12) SAMSONOV Vladimir
14 (17) TANG Peng
15 (14) GAO Ning
16 (15) FANG Bo

17 (16) JOO Saehyuk
18 (18) APOLONIA Tiago
xx (19) BAUM Patrick
19 (20) CHEN Chien-An
20 (35) YU Ziyang
21 (21) GIONIS Panagiotis
22 (23) CHO Eonrae
23 (22) MATSUDAIRA Kenta
24 (30) MURAMATSU Yuto

25 (28) MENGEL Steffen
xx (xx) KIM Minseok
26 (24) GACINA Andrej
27 (25) GARDOS Robert
28 (27) STEGER Bastian
xx (25) ZHAN Jian ^
xx (xx) MAZE Michael
29 (29) CRISAN Adrian
30 (31) ARUNA Quadri
31 (32) LEE Jungwoo
32 (33) KISHIKAWA Seiya







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

9 (8) CHEN Meng
10 (9) HAN Ying ^
11 (10) FUKUHARA Ai
12 (11) LIU Jia
13 (13) YU Mengyu
14 (18) POTA Georgina
15 (14) FENG Yalan
16 (16) HIRANO Sayaka

17 (15) LI Fen ^
18 (20) YU Fu ^
19 (19) SAMARA Elizabeta
20 (17) LEE Ho Ching
21 (21) SHAN Xiaona ^
22 (23) YANG Haeun
23 (25) ISHIGAKI Yuka
24 (27) RI Myong Sun

25 (29) MORIZONO Misaki
26 (28) HU Limei
27 (24) LI Jiao
28 (26) HU Melek
29 (31) PAVLOVICH Viktoria
30 (32) JEON Jihee ^
31 (30) WU Jiaduo
32 (34) LIU Gaoyang








Full rankings can be found here (http://ittf.com/ittf_ranking/).
In January: the World Team Cup and the Hungarian Open!

tabletennisuk
01-10-2015, 07:20 PM
I love these threads.... but the yellow names are really hard to read! Any chance we can alter the colour!? Thanks for all your hard work! :)


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Steven
01-11-2015, 10:50 AM
I love these threads.... but the yellow names are really hard to read! Any chance we can alter the colour!? Thanks for all your hard work! :)

Thanks! I think this is because you're reading the thread on a white background. The regular TTD background is greyish which makes it better readible. Anyway, I've changed to a darker shade of orange which should be readable in both situations.

tabletennisuk
01-11-2015, 03:46 PM
Excellent... Thanks! [emoji106]


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