14 Sep 2016

Defeat at the semi-final stage in Belarus but Japan’s Hitomi Sato and Yuka Ishigaki enhance their chances of gaining an invitation to compete in the 2016 ITTF World Grand Finals to be staged later on the year in Doha.

On the Women’s Singles Standings, following the close of play in Minsk on Sunday 11th September, Yuka Ishigaki climbs one place to no.11 (375 points), Hitomi Sato advances three positions; she is now at no.18 (301 points).

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Likewise there is progress for the players who reached the final in Belarus.

Saki Shibata the winner, like Hitomi Sato and Yuka Ishigaki from Japan, moves from no.51 to no.29 (170 points); the host nation’s Viktoria Pavlovich advances from no.63 to no.45 (87 points).

Similar vein

In a similar vein the door is also open for Hitomi Sato in the Women’s Doubles event; in Belarus she partnered Honoka Hashimoto to gold, as she had done earlier in the year in Australia. The duo moves from no.7 to no.4 (314 points).

China’s Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen (1,400 points) continue to lead the Women’s Singles Standings with colleague Zhu Yuling once again in third place (700 points); Korea’s Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun remain at the head of the Women’s Doubles order of merit (969 points).

Jang Woojin climbs listings

Progress for Saki Shibata, there is also notable progress for Jang Woojin who emerged the most successful player in Minsk. He won the Men’s Singles title after earlier in the day having enjoyed Men’s Doubles success in partnership with Lim Junghoon.

On the Men’s Singles Standings he climbs from no.73 to no.24 (136 points); whilst on the Men’s Doubles listings, the duo appears at no.14 (150 points). Previously they were named at no.31.

Lower down order

Lower down the order, Russia’s Grigory Vlasov, the runner up in Minsk, moves from no.120 to no.54 (120 points); similarly the beaten semi-finalists also make progress.

Romania’s Hunor Szocs climbs from no.218 to no.82 (30 points), Korea’s Cho Eonrae from no.226 to no.86 (28 points).

China’s Ma Long continues to head the Men’s Singles Standings (1,800 points) with compatriots, Xu Xin and Zhang Jike once again in second spot (600 points). Xu Xin and Zhang Jike remain in top spot on the Men’s Doubles list (600 points).

Korea prominent

Meanwhile, on the Under 21 Men’s Singles, Korea’s Cho Seungmin, the winner in Minsk, moves from no.18 to no.52 (144 points); a list that continues to be headed by colleague Lim Jungoon (690 points).

Similarly, Jung Yumi, the Under 21 Women’s Singles winner in Minsk and also from Korea, enhances her chances of a place in the Grand Finals; she climbs five places to no.11 (238 points).

Lim Junghoon remains in top spot (690 points).  

Latest standings

Monday 12th September: Standings after 2016 ITTF World Tour Belarus Open

World Tour Hitomi Sato Jang Woojin Yuka Ishigaki