Ma Lin progresses to number two on the November Men's World Rankings
Victory for Ma Lin in the Liebherr Menís World Cup on Sunday 29th October 2006 and defeats for Timo Boll, two days earlier, sees the two players change places on the Menís World Ranking list issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Wednesday 1st November 2006.
Ma Lin moves into the number two spot, whilst Timo Boll drops one place to number three.
However, that is the only change in the top ten places. Wang Liqin, who lost to Ma Lin at the semi-final stage in Paris last week, retains his number one spot with their Chinese national team colleagues Wang Hao at number four and Chen Qi at six. Vladimir Samsonov retains his place at number five on the list with the Koreans, Oh Sang Eun and Ryu Seung Min at seven and eight respectively.
Austriaís Chen Weixing and Chinese Taipeiís Chuan Chih-Yuan, both quarter-finalists in the Liebherr Menís World Cup, maintain their places at nine and ten respectively on the new list.
The player to make the most significant progress in the top one hundred of the Menís World Rankings is Japanís Kaii Yoshida; he moves from sixty-three to forty-three, as a result of his efforts at the Serbian Open, where he won the Menís Singles title.
It is the Serbian Open that has had the most noticeable impact on the Womenís World Rankings. Sayaka Hirano, the victor in Belgrade, progresses eleven places to number twenty, whilst those players who reached the penultimate stage at the most recent ITTF Pro Tour tournament, also make progress.
Italyís Wenling Tan Monfardini, the runner up in the Womenís Singles, moves from thirty-five to thirty-one whilst Germanyís Wu Jiaduo progresses four places to thirty-six and Nikoleta Stefanova advances one step to number thirty-three.
Remains the Same
The top ten places on the Womenís World Rankings remain the same with Asia providing all the players. Chinaís Zhang Yining, Guo Yan, Wang Nan, Guo Yue are in the top four places with Li Xiaoxia at seven and Niu Jianfeng at nine.
Hong Kongís Tie Yana retains her number five spot with Singaporeís Li Jia Wei at six and Wang Yue Gu at ten; the one remaining place is occupied by the backspin skills of Koreaís Kim Kyung Ah. She is ranked eight.
Similarly in the Under 21 and Under 18 World Rankings there are no changes at the top.
Chinaís Ma Long is ranked one in both Under 21 Menís and Under 18 Boysí Rankings; in the former he is followed by Germanyís Christian SŁss and Koreaís Lim Jae Hyun, whilst in the latter, Hong Kongís Jiang Tianyi and Japanís Jun Mizutani occupy second and third places.
Meanwhile, in the Under 21 Womenís and Under 18 Girlsí Rankings the top two places on both lists are occupied by Chinaís Guo Yue and Li Xiaoxia with Japanís Ai Fukuhara at number three on the Under 18 list and Cao Zhen, also of China, at number three on the Under 21 list.