05 Jun 2018

Winner on the ITTF Challenge Series in Thailand, a quarter-finalist on the Seamaster ITTF World Tour in Hong Kong, China’s Liu Shiwen is the player to make the most progress on the Women’s World Rankings following the conclusion of play at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum Kaisa China Open in Shenzhen.

Once the proud occupier of the top spot, she climbs from no.10 to no.5.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

Likewise, there is progress for colleague Wang Manyu, the winner in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen; she advances one place to no.3 being next in line to compatriots Chen Meng and Zhu Yuling, who retain the respective top two positions.

The effect of the elevation is that it is one place lower for Japan’s leading names. Kasumi Ishikawa is now at no.4; Mima Ito at no.6, Miu Hirano at no.7; likewise, for the next in the order of merit, it is a one position fall for Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching.

A drop of one place; for China’s Chen Xingtong, despite being the runner up in Hong Kong it is a drop of two positions. She is now at no.10, one place behind Singapore’s Feng Tianwei who remains in the no.9 spot. Sun Yingsha and Ding Ning, both like Chen Xingtong from China, complete the top 12 names. On the May listings Sun Yingsha was listed at no.14, Ding Ning at no.16.

Previously amongst the very elite names, Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem drops from no.11 to no.13; Japan’s Hitomi Sato from no.12 to no.14.

Advancement for notable Chinese names; lower down the order there are more. Gu Yuting moves from no.32 to no.17, Zhang Rui from no.76 to no.61 and Wang Yidi from no.82 to no.66. Likewise, there is progress for Wu Yang, once amongst the top ten names, she moves from no.116 to no.87.

Similarly, there is significant progress for Korea Republic. The first round winner in opposition to Kasumi Ishikawa in Hong Kong, Lee Eunhye moves from no.136 to no.89, Yoo Eunchong from no.84 to no.70 and Lee Zion from no.132 to no.93.

It is very much the same for both Japan and Singapore. For the former Minami Ando advances from no.79 to no.64, Satsuki Odo from no.103 to no.81; for the latter, Lin Ye is now at no.71, Zhou Yihan at no.99. Previously Lin Ye stood at no.91, Zhou Yihan at no.115.

Most notable progress for Asia; for Europe, Germany’s Petrissa Solja flies the flag. She climbs from no.60 to no.45.

June 2018: World Rankings

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