by Ian Marshall, Editor
Once again Kasumi Ishikawa flies the flag for the Land of the Rising Sun; she remains in the no.3 spot on a list where Chinese players occupy five of the top six places.
Ding Ning once again occupies the no.2 spot with Cheng Meng being at no.4 followed by Wang Manyu and Liu Shiwen. Also from Japan, Mima Ito and Miu Hirano remain in the respective no.7 and no.9 positions with Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching sandwiched in between.
No change amongst the top nine names but immediately below there is movement. Singapore’s Feng Tianwei and Korea Republic’s Suh Hyowon both advance one position; the player to suffer being China’s Chen Xingtong, she falls from no.10 to no.12.
A drop of two places for Chen Xingtong, for colleague, He Zhuoija, a semi-finalist in November at the Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Tour Austria Open there is major progress. She makes the meteoric climb from no.91 to no.50.
Likewise, there is notable progress for DPR Korea’s Kim Song I who advances from no.31 to no.21; meanwhile, China’s Sung Yingsha moves from no.35 to no.25, Germany’s Petrissa Solja now stands at no.28. Formerly she was listed at no.44.
Progress, it is the same for Hong Kong’s Ng Wing Nam who climbs from no.57 to no.45 as it is for Monaco’s Yang Xiaoxin who advances from no.80 to no.63.
Also, there is major progress for Ukraine’s Maragaryta Pesotska who moves from no.84 to no.64, a situation that applies also to DPR Korea’s Cha Hyo Sim who climbs the order from no.106 to no.89.
Similarly, Lily Zhang of the United States and Colombia’s Paula Medina enjoy higher positions, formerly at no.135, Lily Zhang is at no.96; Paula Medina who in November was named at no.122, now occupies the no.99 spot.
High positions, alas not for China’s Gu Yuting, she is the major faller; she drops from nio.18 to no.42.
Sunday 2nd December: Complete World Rankings