03 Aug 2018

Finalists at the recent Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Platinum Australian Open in Geelong, with Liu Shiwen beating Ding Ning in all Chinese final, both make notable progress on the Women’s World Rankings issued for August.

Former occupants of the top spot, Liu Shiwen climbs four places to no.2, being one behind colleague, Zhu Yuling who continues to head the list; Ding Ning makes an even greater move. Previously at no.17, she is now in the no.7 spot.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Also from China, Chen Meng remains at no.3, one place ahead of Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa who again appears in the no.4 position.

The player to fall is Wang Manyu, also from China; she drops three places to no.5, being ahead of Japan’s Mima Ito who slides one rung down the ladder. A fall of one position for Mima Ito, for colleague Miu Hirano it is the same; she changes places with Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching. Miu Hirano is now at no.9, Cheng I-Ching at no.8.

Likewise it is a lower listing for China’s Chen Xingtong; formerly at no.7, she now occupies the no.10 spot, being ahead of Singapore’s Feng Tianwei and Korea Republic’s Suh Hyowon. Each progresses one place to complete the top 12 names; the player to leave the very elite is Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem, formerly at no.10, she falls to no.13.

Progress for noteworthy names, in the top 50 it is very much the same. Korea Republic’s Jeon Jihee moves from no.30 to no.21, Li Jie of the Netherlands from no.41 to no.24 and Portugal’s Fu Yu from no.45 to no.34. Likewise Suthasini Sawettabut advances from no.59 to no.39, DPR Korea’s Kim Song I from no.55 to no.45, Japan’s Minami Ando from no.74 to no.46 and Singapore’s Zeng Jian from no.60 to no.50.

Meanwhile, in the top 100, it is not that different. There is major progress for India’s Manika Batra, as well as for the Korea Republic duo of Choi Hyojoo and Lee Zion. Also their colleague from DPR Korea, Cha Hyo Sim, is not left out. Choi Hyojoo moves from no.73 to no.60, Lee Zion from no.83 to no.72 and Cha Hyo Sim from no.112 to no.91.

Major advancement, it is the same from Slovakia’s Barbora Balazova who moves from no.111 to no.83, as it is from Japan’s Marina Matsuzawa who climbs from no.135 to no.94.

However, none can match the Chinese duo of He Zhuojia and Li Jiayi; He Zhuojia advances from no.197 to no.86, Li Jiayi from no.204 to no.92.

Higher rankings but of course there are those who must suffer, notably Japan’s Miyu Maeda drops from no.40 to no.61; Lily Zhang of the United States from no.54 to no.88.

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