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    August World Rankings 2013

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


    --- Ma Long tops the August Rankings ---

    Ma Long is dominating as usual and added another title to his collection last month. Which one? Check out this month's review below.



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


    June has been the month of resting especially for a lot of European players, however there were still some big competitions including the Asian Championships, the US Open and the Summer Universiade!


    Yan An and Chen Meng - 2013 ATTC semi-finalists - Photos by: ITTF

    The Asian Championships have been dominated by the Chinese the past years despite of the big amount of countries and the variety of players participating. One player managed to damage this domination a bit by reaching the semi-finals in the men's singles event: Japan's Kenta Matsudaira defeated Fan Zhendong who first reached the top 10 of the world in the previous rankings. Kenta then lost honorably to the Asian Champion of 2013, Ma Long. Surprising was Yan An, who defeated World no.2 Xu Xin in the other semi-final, earning him an 8th place behind a solid top 7 this month.

    The Women's event, as predicted, ended up in another Ding Ning-Liu Shiwen final which was won by Liu Shiwen. Bronze went to Zhu Yuling and Chen Meng, of which the latter jumped to a 7th spot on the list.



    Eugene Wang and Abe Megumi - US Open 2013 winners - Photos by: ITTF

    European players such as Primorac, Lundqvist, Samara and Pota formed the top seeds at the US Open 2013 however the titles were distributed against the odds; only Elizabeta Samara managed to reach the final. Just like the North Americas she had big problems with Abe Megumi's special gameplay and services. Japan's Abe grabbed the title rather easily.

    Canada's Eugene Wang had reached the final in the men's event and also had to play a somewhat "less-known" player. Yang Ce of China, an unranked player, had to take home the silver medal but did enter the rankings at the 116th place.


    Liu Yi and Che Xiaoxi - Summer Universiade 2013 winners - Photos by: ITTF

    A less-known event but with very decent players is the Summer Universiade, held in Kazan, Russia. Competitors include young players like Koki Niwa and Chen Chien-An.
    While Chinese Taipei and Russia shared most of the prizes in doubles, China seemed to care more about the singles and team event. Both the men's and women's final were all-Chinese, with defender Liu Yi defeating Shang Kun and Che Xiaoxi beating Zheng Shichang. All four made great jumps as shown below.


    This month's notable changes
    50 (61) Jung Young Sik
    68 (unr) Liu Yi
    79 (95) Eugene Wang
    103 (172) Shang Kun
    116 (unr) Yang Ce

    63 (75) Che Xiaoxi
    84 (92) Lily Zhang
    107 (unr) Zheng Shichang
    145 (203) Abe Megumi

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


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


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    08 (10) Yan An , I like this!

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    Awesome review as always Steven! Yan An's flying!

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    8 chinese players in top 10! Wang Liqin is again in top 10 and i think Ma Long brakes the ranking points record with achieving 3030 points!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alborz
    8 chinese players in top 10! Wang Liqin is again in top 10 and i think Ma Long brakes the ranking points record with achieving 3030 points!
    It's 7, where do you see 8? Liqin replaces Fan Zhendong..

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    Another notable change in the women's rankings is LEE Ho Ching 25 (30); hope she could qualify for the world cup!

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    Zhang Zike is so strong, a beast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDanielCRO
    It's 7, where do you see 8? Liqin replaces Fan Zhendong..
    Oh, i mean top in 11.
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    I have a feeling Ma Long will stay at the top for a long time now. I think he will have high levels of motivation and really try to prove his worth now as he didnt manage to win the 2013 WTTC which many people were expecting.

    I'm looking forward to the China Open! It's a shame ZJK cannot be there but still many other top players are participating!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan
    I have a feeling Ma Long will stay at the top for a long time now. I think he will have high levels of motivation and really try to prove his worth now as he didnt manage to win the 2013 WTTC which many people were expecting.

    I'm looking forward to the China Open! It's a shame ZJK cannot be there but still many other top players are participating!

    It's better that one of top 4 players don't play, great chance for other players to make something

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