by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Ma Long (500 points) continues to lead. He is one place ahead of Chinese national team colleague, Fan Zhendong, the player he beat in the Qatar final and Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov (300 points), the winner in India.
Patrick Franziska, the somewhat surprise runner up in Korea, enters the list at no.10 (125 points). He is level with Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto and China’s Shan Kun; likewise both runners up; Tomokazu Harimoto in India, Shan Kun in Hungary.
The status quo in the Men’s Singles Standings; it is the same in the Women’s Singles Standings. China’s Chen Meng, the winner in Qatar, remains in top spot (531 points) with Singapore’s Feng Tianwei, successful in Korea, now occupying the no.2 position (350 points).
Next in line is Wang Manyu (300 points), beaten by Chen Meng in the Qatar final, with Japan’s Sakura Mori, victorious in India, owning the no.4 berth (266 points). Kasumi Ishikawa, like Sakura Mori from Japan, occupies the no.8 spot (150 points).
Similarly at the top of the Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles Standings, there is no change. Japan’s Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima retain the Men’s Doubles top spot (513 points); the combination of Sweden’s Matilda Ekholm and Hungary’s Georgina Pota (319 points) continue in first place on the Women’s Doubles Standings.
Jang Woojin and Jeong Sangeun, the winners on home soil in Korea, occupy the no.2 spot, alongside China’s Fang Bo and Zhou Yu (200 points).
On the Women’s Doubles order of merit; Chen Meng and Wang Manyu, continue in second place (300 points) with Germany’s Shan Xiaona and Petrissa Solja, successful in Korea, occupying the no.3 spot alongside China Chen Xingtong and Li Jiayi in addition to Korea’s Jeon Jihee and Yang Haeun (200 points).
Meanwhile, on the Under 21 Men’s Singles Standings, Lim Jongoon, the winner in Korea enters at no.3 alongside Kazakhsatan’s Kirill Gerassimenko (200 points); whilst on the counterpart Under 21 Women’s Singles Standings, Japan’s Minami Ando enters at no.4 (200 points), a position she shares with Sakura Mori.
Hong Kong’s Lam Siu Hang continues to head the Under 21 Men’s Singles Standings (406 points), being ahead of Japan’s Asuka Sakai (288 points); in the Under 21 Women’s Singles Standings, Hong Kong remains to the fore. Doo Hoi Kem (300 points) leads with colleague Minnie Soo Wai Yam next on the list and Singapore’s Zeng Jian in third position (238 points).
The next tournament on the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour is the Lion Japan Open; play starts in Tokyo on Wednesday 14th June.
Latest Standings: Positions after Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Korea Open