02 Mar 2017

Winners in Doha; those are the names of the players who occupy top positions on the Standings, following the conclusion of proceedings at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Qatar Open in Doha on Sunday 26th February.

Ma Long (500 points) heads the Men’s Singles list followed by Chinese National Team colleague, Fan Zhendong and Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov; they are level in second spot (300 points). Chen Meng, who also competed in Hungary where she reached the quarter-final stage, leads the Women’s Singles Standings (531 points); compatriot Wang Manyu (300 points) is in second spot.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Next in line on the Men’s Singles Standings are China’s Yan An (250 points) and Fang Bo (231 points); Yan An, on his one appearance of the year to date won in Hungary; Fang Bo was a quarter-finalist in Hungary, a semi-finalist in Qatar.

Chinese names amongst the top three places; it is the very same on the Women’s Singles Standings; Chen Xingtong shares third place with Japan’s Sakura Mori (250 points); Gu Yuting, also from China and Germany’s Shan Xiaona, both semi-finalists in Doha, occupy joint fifth position (200 points).

Top places for China; on the Men’s Doubles order of merit, it is Japan that leads the way. Winners in both India and Qatar, Masataka Morizino and Yuya Oshima lead (500 points), pursued by China’s Fang Bo and Zhou Yu (200 points), the victors in Hungary.

Asia to the fore, on the Women’s Doubles listings, Europe is at the pinnacle. Sweden’s Matilda Ekholm and Georgina Pota, present in all three Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour tournaments to date, occupy pole position (319 points); next in line is the combination of Chen Meng and Wang Manyu (300 points).

Notably Matilda Ekholm and Georgina Pota won in India, having been the runners up in Hungary; alas in Qatar it was a first round departure. Chen Xingtong and Li Jiayi, the champions in Hungary occupy third place (200 points).

Meanwhile on the 21 Men’s Singles and Under 21 Women’s Singles Standings; it is top spot for Hong Kong, top spot for the Qatar champions.

Lam Siu Hang leads the former (406 points), being ahead of Japan’s Asuka Machi (238 points) and Kazakhstan’s Kirill Gerassimenko (200 points). On the latter, Doo Hoi Kem (300 points) occupies pole position; she is pursued by colleague Minnie Soo Wai Yam (250 points) and Singapore’s Zeng Jian (238 points).

The next tournament on the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour is the Korea Open; the event is scheduled to be staged in Incheon, the qualification event will commence on Tuesday 18th April.

Monday 13th June: Latest Standings after Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Qatar Open

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