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      July World Rankings 2013

      The ITTF has updated the rankings again! The new rankings were published on July 5, 2013. According to ITTF's calendar, the next release will be August 1, 2013.


      --- Ma Long tops the July Rankings ---

      After another early WTTC exit in the semi final, Ma Long picks up his usual business; winning World tours and being the World no.1. Ma Long passes Xu Xin, who drops down to the 2nd place.



      Ma Long at the 2012 Olympics - Back at the top of the world. Photo by: Zimbio.com


      June has been the month of the China Open and the Japan Open! Many top players travel to Asia for these big World Tours every year.


      Fan Zhendong and Ng Wing Nam - U21 China Open winners - Photos by: ITTF

      Certainly one of the World Tours with the strongest contestants every year is the China Open.
      In the men's singles, out of the top 4 of the world only Zhang Jike had to drop out due to an injury. However the CNT could easily fill the gap with the younger talent Yan An. In the end it was Ma Long who grabbed the title, together with the world no.1 spot, after a convincing win over Wang Hao.

      In the women's singles an old favorite showed up to play one of her last tournaments for China; Guo Yan even reached the final but was then beaten by Li Xiaoxia, who has been unstoppable lately.

      While Yan An managed to beat Fan Zhendong easily in the men's singles, it was the other way round in the U21 boys' area. Fan first had problems against Patrick Franziska in the semi finals, but impressively added the U21 title to his name at the age of 16.

      Also in the U21 girls main draw there were several young players, including Japan's Miyu Kato and Mima Ito. However, after a tough battle in the final, it was Hongkong's Ng Wing Nam who claimed the last prize.



      Masato Shiono and Ai Fukuhara - Japan Open 2013 winners - Photos by: ITTF

      A tournament of upsets is what the Japan Open 2013 could be called.
      Various famous top players like Chuang Chih-Yuan, Wang Liqin, Hao Shuai and Jun Mizutani competed in this event, however the surprising finalists were Japan's chopper Masato Shiono and China's young talent Xu Chenhao. Xu had a lot of problems with Masato's heavy backspin shots and thus couldn't take home his first big prize. It was Masato who kept the prize for Japan by winning 4-0.

      In the women's event Ai Fukuhara seemed to have found back her old form. On her way to the final even the talented Chinese Gu Yuting and Che Xiaoxi couldn't stop her. In the final she also posted a 4-0 victory over Moon Hyung Jung from Korea.


      This month's notable changes
      09 (33) Fan Zhendong
      30 (42) Kim Min Seok
      38 (55) Alexey Smirnov
      45 (61) Patrick Franziska
      57 (74) Omar Assar
      71 (91) Alexey Liventsov
      74 (92) Bora Vang
      81 (213) Xu Chenhao
      85 (188) Masato Shiono

      06 (unr) Guo Yan
      16 (10) Kim Kyungah
      38 (50) Melek Hu
      47 (77) Shan Xiaona
      51 (70) Liu Gaoyang
      54 (79) Ng Wing Nam
      75 (unr) Che Xiaoxi
      79 (129) Miyu Kato
      85 (148) Liu Xi
      97 (128) Mima Ito


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


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


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      OMG! What a jump by Fan Zhendong, I can't understand how did he come to 9 place??

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      WHAT? Fan Zhendong is in 9 place! He got 300 point in one month! I see very good future for him. He is still 16 years old and in top ten!
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      Quote Originally Posted by Alborz View Post
      WHAT? Fan Zhendong is in 9 place! He got 300 point on one month! I see very good future for him. He is still 16 years old and in top ten!
      I wonder how did he get to the better place then Yan An who has made much better results :O

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      Quote Originally Posted by MDanielCRO View Post
      I wonder how did he get to the better place then Yan An who has made much better results :O
      maybe ITTF just made a mistake in counting the points

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      Quote Originally Posted by Alborz View Post
      maybe ITTF just made a mistake in counting the points
      They shouldn't make mistakes, but who knows xd

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      It seems Xiaoxia attained a limited number of tours during the last 12 months, but 2nd place is enough to have a better draw

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      Quote Originally Posted by MDanielCRO View Post
      I wonder how did he get to the better place then Yan An who has made much better results :O
      I agree. I was thinking the same thing.

      But, this also means that China has 7 of the top 10 and 8 of the top 11. And Yan An will probably keep moving up till he is in the top 5 or 6. Fan may stay in the top 10 but he won't get too much higher until he is a little stronger.
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      Quote Originally Posted by UpSideDownCarl View Post
      I agree. I was thinking the same thing.

      But, this also means that China has 7 of the top 10 and 8 of the top 11. And Yan An will probably keep moving up till he is in the top 5 or 6. Fan may stay in the top 10 but he won't get too much higher until he is a little stronger.
      Yan An will replace Wang Hao probably, but I think in 4 or 5 years Fan Zhendong will be number 1, because he is only 16 and so good already, just like Ma Long was..!

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      Wow so much happened in this months world rankings! I am impressed, I actually thought Masato Shiono would have jumped higher considering the number of players he beat in the top 50. Xu Chenhao actually gained higher even tho he lost to Masato in the final Japan Open!

      Epic jump from Fan Zhendong to! Now a top 10 player! My Chinese friend who is very good friends with Fan Zhendong said this is very normal, he thinks Fan Zhendong will be top 5 in no time!

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      Wow, the top 10 is now more China-ised lol. I always find it weird how Michael Maze just seems to hang in the same place even though he basically doesn't even play anymore :P
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      Quote Originally Posted by MDanielCRO View Post
      Yan An will replace Wang Hao probably, but I think in 4 or 5 years Fan Zhendong will be number 1, because he is only 16 and so good already, just like Ma Long was..!
      I also agree that in a few years FZD will be top 5, probably #1 or 2. But he is not really there yet. I do think 9 is close enough to accurate for him, for now. In the end, anything can happen. But I know, right now, on a good day Yan An can beat any of the top 4 and I know, on a very good day, right now, FZD really still cannot.
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      Fan's original ranking is much lower so when he beat one who is ranking higher than him, he will add many many points. Thanks to Zhangjike's true love.
      Quote Originally Posted by Alborz View Post
      maybe ITTF just made a mistake in counting the points

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      How the heck did Xu Chenhao get ranked higher than Masato? Masato's opponents were all ranked much higher than Xu's. And Masato won the whole tournament too.

      And Fan's only 'amazing' performance this time was beating Zhang. And I don't think that would be enough to even get him into the top 20 or even the top 25?

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      Xu Chenhao also played (and won) U21 at the Japan Open, and with that he earned enough points to pass Masato Shiono.
      About Fan Zhendong, that's indeed a huge jump. He earned 300 ranking points between the WTTC and now, but to my knowledge he only played at the China Open.

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      It is expected but still sad to see WLQ drop out of top 10 the first time after more than a decade....next will be Ma Lin I guess.

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      Fan Zhendong will drop next month, as he just lost to Kenta, who is a few hundred points away.
      Yan An will go up because he defeated Xu Xin, and Ma Long will secure his top 1 for a long time to come

      Timo is very safe at 5

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      Fan Zhendong at 09th place!!!!!!! Wow Amazing KId!!!!1

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