01 Nov 2018

Recent winner at the 2018 ITTF Challenge Belgium Open, step by step Saki Shibata continues to climb the Women’s World Rankings; named at no.31 at the beginning of the year, she now appears at no.17, very much challenging for a place amongst Japan’s leading names when selection for major tournaments are the subject in question.

Notably amongst the most prominent names, there is also progress for Romania’s Bernadette Szocs and Miyu Kato, also from Japan, on an order of merit that witnesses no change at the top, China’s Zhu Yuling and Ding Ning continue to head the list.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Both Bernadette Szocs and Miyu Kato climb five places; Bernadette Szocs appears at no.19, Miyu Kato at no.20.

Progress for Miyu Kato, there is also progress for colleague, Kasumi Ishikawa, she advances one position to no.3, being ahead of the Chinese trio of Chen Meng, Wang Manyu and Liu Shiwen. It is a drop of one place for Chen Meng and Wang Manyu, for Liu Shiwen it is a fall of three places.

Next in line at no.7 is Mima Ito, who changes places with Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching. Miu Hirano, like Mima Ito from Japan, followed by China’s Chen Xingtong, Singapore’s Feng Tianwei and the Korea Republic’s Suh Hyowon retain their places and thus once again complete the top 12 names.

A drop down the order for Liu Shiwen, for Austria’s Liu Jia, Germany’s Sabine Winter and Australia’s Jian Fang Lay, amongst the top one hundred names, they are the players to experience the most significant falls. Liu Jia descends from no.32 to no.47, Sabine Winter from no.47 to no.61 and Jian Fang Lay from no.51 to no.70.

Conversely there is notable progress for Stéphanie Loeuillette of France and Monaco’s Yan Xiaoxin; Stéphanie Loeuillette climbs from no.106 to no.92, Yang Xiaxin from no.91 to no.80.

Latest World Rankings: Thursday 1st November 2018

World Ranking Saki Shibata