01 Mar 2019

Against expectations and with the Liebherr 2019 World Championships in Budapest on the horizon, very much the player in February to catch the eye was Japan’s Hina Hayata; the winner at the Seamaster 2019 ITTF Challenge Portugal Open, she makes a most significant climb on the Women’s World Rankings issued on Friday 1st March.

Formerly listed at no.42, she climbs to no.37 and starts the journey back to one year ago when she occupied a career high position at no.12.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Likewise, both Slovakia’s Barbora Balazova and Lily Zhang of the United States make noteworthy progress.

Quarter-finalist in the CCB Europe Top 16 Cup, Barbora Balazova climbs from no.55 to no.49; Lily Zhang who reached the same round at the Universal 2019 Pan America Cup, moves from no.86 to no.76.

Progress for Barbora Balazova and Lily Zhang, for the respective winners there are small steps; Germany’s Petrissa Solja climbs two places to no.24; Puerto Rico’s Andrea Diaz one place to no.29.

Notably, at the top of the order, there is no change. China’s Ding Ning, for the 51st occasion when the listings have been published, continues to lead, colleagues Zhu Yuling and Chen Meng occupy the next two respective places. Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa remains at no.4 followed by two further Chinese players in the guise of Liu Shiwen and Wang Manyu.

Next in line is Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, she remains at no.8 with Japan’s Miu Hirano, Singapore’s Feng Tianwei and Korea Republic’s Suh Hyowon in pursuit; also from Japan, Hitomi Sato completes the top 12 names.

Meanwhile, DPR Korea’s Kim Song I and Japan’s Miyu Kato enter the top 20; Romania’s Bernadette Szocs and Elizabeta Samara depart. Kim Song I moves from no.21 to no.19, Miyu Kato from no.22 to no.20; conversely Bernadette Szocs falls from no.18 to no.21, Elizabeta Samara from no.20 to no.23.

Friday 1st March: Complete World Rankings

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