by Ian Marshall, Editor
On both lists, for the leading names, there is no change.
Also from China, Fan Zhendong, Ma Long and Lin Gaoyuan are once again next in line to Xu Xin; they are followed by Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, Brazil’s Hugo Calderano and Germany’s Timo Boll. Likewise, as in September, China’s Liang Jingkun, Sweden’s Mattias Falck and Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju stand ahead of Japan’s Koki Niwa and Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov. They complete the top 12 names.
It is the same in the women’s world rankings; the elite order is no different to the previous month. Chen Meng remains ahead of colleagues Ding Ning, Zhu Yuling, Wang Manyu, Liu Shiwen and the newly crowned Asian champion, Sun Yingsha. The top six places for China, the next three for Japan in the guise of Mima Ito, Kasumi Ishikawa and Miu Hirano; they are pursued by Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem and Singapore’s Feng Tianwei.
Lower down order
No major changes at the top of the order; lower down the men’s list there is significant movement.
The men’s singles winner at the Pan American Championships in Paraguay and semi-finalist at the ensuing 2019 ITTF Challenge Paraguay Open, Brazil’s Vitor Ishiy moves from no.121 to n.68, thus occupying the highest status of his career.
Likewise for the players who contested the men’s singles final at the Paraguay Open, Japan’s Masataka Morizono, the winner and Austria’s Robert Gardos, the runner up, both climb the ladder. Masataka Morizono progresses from no.62 to no.43, Robert Gardos from no.42 to no.33.
Significant progress, it is the same for Japan’s Yukiya Uda; through to the later rounds at the Asian Championships, he moves from no.84 to no.74. Notably, like Vitor Ishiy it is the highest rating of his career; his previous best one place lower at no.75 earlier this year in May.
Similarly, it is further down the order in the women’s world rankings that the most significant progress is witnessed, the players to attract the attention being Lily Zhang of the United States, Italy’s Deborah Vivarelli, Korea Republic’s Shin Yubin and DPR Korea’s Kim Nam Hae.
Lily Zhang, who won the women’s singles title at the Pan American Championships, climbs from no.55 to no.49, Deborah Vivarelli who impressed at the Paraguay Open, from no.85 to no.77. Likewise in form at the Asian Championships, Shin Yubin climbs from no.99 to no.85, Kim Nam Hae from no.101 to no.90.
Top spot retained
Meanwhile in the age group rankings, in the under 21 men’s list, Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko retains top spot, once again ahead of colleague Denis Ivonin and India’s Manav Vikash Thakkar. Similarly, on the Under 21 women’s order of merit, the name of Japan’s Satsuki Odo appears again at the top of the order, she is listed ahead of compatriot, Maki Shiomi, formerly in the no.15 spot. Next on the list is Belgium’s Lisa Lung who advances one place.
Also, there is no change to the name at the top of the under 18 girls’ world rankings. Amy Wang of the United States retains first place; she is named ahead of China’s Wu Yangchen and Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsiu-Ting. Wu Yangchen was formerly listed at no.10, Yu Hsiu-Ting at no.8.
Change at top
Somewhat differently at the top of the under 18 boys’ world rankings there is a change. Russia’s Lev Katsman climbs one position to occupy top spot, replacing Singapore’s Pang Yew En Koen who conversely drops one place. Likewise, Frenchman Vincent Picard and Iran’s Amin Ahmadian change places; Vincent Picard is now at no.3, Amin Ahmadian one place lower.
Meanwhile, on the under 15 rankings, China’s Chen Yuanyu and Chen Yi, the respective cadet boys’ singles and cadet girls’ singles winners at the Asian Junior and Cadet Championships, head the list. Chen Yuanyu remains ahead of Japan’s Sora Matsushima and Belgium’s Louis Laffneur; Chen Yi changes places with colleague Kuai Man, Romania’s Elena Zaharia remains in the no.3 spot.
October 2019 : World Rankings