Wang Liqin in third place on the ITTF Pro Tour Men's Singles Standings
Chinaís Wang Liqin is the reigning World champion, he stands at number one on the ITTF Menís World Ranking list and he is the most successful male player ever in the history of the ITTF Pro Tour.
Including three successes in Grand Finals, he has twenty-three ITTF Pro Tour Menís Singles titles to his credit. Iin 2007 he has played in four ITTF Pro Tour tournaments; consistently he has reached the latter stages but he has no singles title to his credit.
The result is that on the ITTF Pro Tour Menís and Womenís Singles Standings published after the Salwa Cup Kuwait Open and dominated by Chinese players, Wang Liqin is in third place.
For most mortals that would be a massive success, for Wang Liqin it is comparative disappointment.
At the Croatian Open Wang Liqin lost in the third round, at the Gorenje Slovenian Open he departed in the quarters, at the Liebherr Qatar Open it was a runners up spot, whilst at the Salwa Cup Kuwait Open the end of the road came at the penultimate stage.
On all but one occasion Wang Liqin has lost to Chinese national team compatriots. Twice he has suffered at the hands of eighteen year old Ma Long, who beat him in both Croatia and Kuwait, whilst in Doha Ma Lin ended his hopes of gold.
The one non Chinese player to end his hopes was Ryu Seung Min. He overcame the twice Menís Singles World champion in Slovenia.
Ma Lin Again
Chinese players occupy the leading places on the Menís Singles Standings with the man who finished 2006 in top place, Ma Lin, heading the field.
The winner in Qatar, Ma Lin, is followed by the player against whom he lost in the final in Kuwait, Ma Long, whilst Wang Liqin is in third spot with Wang Hao fourth and Hao Shuai fifth.
Wang Hao won the Menís Singles title at the Gorenje Slovenian Open whilst Hao Shuai succeeded one week earlier in Croatia.
Germanyís Timo Boll, beaten by Ma Lin at the penultimate stage in both Qatar and Kuwait is sixth, whilst Chinaís Chen Qi is seventh followed by the Koreans, Oh Sang Eun and Ryu Seung Min.
Meanwhile, for Europe, Vladimir Samsonov is tenth with Alexei Smirnov twelfth and Werner Schlager thirteenth.
Chinese dominance in the Menís Singles but not in the Menís Doubles where Korea is to the fore.
Cho Eon Rae and Lee Jung Woo head the list as a result largely of their efforts in Zagreb, Doha and Kuwait City. In Zagreb at the Croatian Open they were the runners up, in Doha at the Liebher Qatar Open, they were the champions whilst in Kuwait; they reached the semi-final stage.
Similarly, three finishes in the latter stages of Menís Doubles events have secured second spot for Lee Jin Kwon and Ryu Seung Min.
In Croatia they reached the semi-finals, in Slovenia the quarter-finals and in Kuwait, with a performance where they could have walked on water, the emerged as the gold medallists.
Meanwhile, third and fourth places are both occupied by Chinese pairings. Ma Lin and Wang Hao who won in Croatia are in third place whilst Chen Qi and Wang Liqin who occupy fourth spot succeeded in Slovenia.
More Korean Success
Also, in the Under 21 Menís Singles Standings, Korean names occupy the top two places. Cho Eon Rae and Lee Jin Kwon lead the field.
Cho Eon Rae has enjoyed an outstandingly successful year in Under 21 Menís Singles events on the ITTF Pro Tour. He won in Croatia, Qatar and Kuwait whilst in Slovenia he lost in the quarters to Singaporeís Ma Liang, the player in third place.
Ma Liang won in India whilst Lee Jin Kwon succeeded in Slovenia and was the runner up to Cho Eon Rae in Qatar; Croatiaís Andrej Gacina, the runner up in India, is in fourth place.
Menís Singles: 1. Ma Lin (CHN) 56,312pts 2. Ma Long (CHN) 43,562pts 3. Wang Liqin (CHN) 28,687pts 4. Wang Hao (CHN) 5. Hao Shuai (CHN) 22,500pts 6. Timo Boll (GER) 17,000pts 7. Chen Qi (CHN) 15,937pts 8. Oh Sang Eun (KOR) 11,687pts 9. Ryu Seung Min (KOR) 11,281pts 10. Vladimir Samsonov (BLR) 10.750pts 11. Li Ching (HKG) 9,596pts 12. Alexei Smirov (RUS) 7,625pts 13. Werner Schlager (AUT) 7,500pts 14. Tan Ruiwu (HRV) 5,635pts 15. Gao Ning (SIN) 5,522pts 16. Lee Jung Woo (KOR) 5,499pts
Menís Doubles: 1. Cho Eon Rae/Lee Jung Woo (KOR) 13,781pts 2. Lee Jin Kwon/Ryu Seung Mon (KOR) 11,252pts 3. Ma Lin/Wang Hao (CHN) 7,312pts 4. Chen Qi/Wang Liqin (CHN) 6,471pts 5. Cheung Yuk/Li Ching (HKG) 6,187pts 6. Hao Shuai/Ma Long (CHN) 5,343pts 7. JŲrg Rosskopf/Christian SŁss (GER) 5,062pts 8. Lucjan Blaszczyk/Tan Ruiwu (POL/HRV) 3,656pts
Under 21 Menís Singles: 1. Cho Eon Rae (KOR) 1,000pts 2. Lee Jin Kwon (KOR) 540pts 3. Ma Liang (SIN) 500pts 4. Andrej Gacina (HRV) 300pts 5. Tiaogo Apolůnia (POR) 260pts 6. JŠnos Jakab (HUN) 210pts 7. Dimitrij Ovtcharov (GER) 180pts 8. Artur Grigoryev (RUS) 140pts