The Chinese Nuping in last year’s world championships in Moscow was badly hurt after Singapore snatched the women’s singles title. This year, Japan can use their momentum in challenging the Chinese powerhouse cast.
Sayaka Hirano of Japan climbed six notches in the rankings and settled in the eleventh place while her compatriot Kasumi Ishikawa took one step higher to number ten after winning the Under 21 women’s singles title in the Spanish Open.
The other movement is between Chinese Wu Yang and Kim Kyung Ah of South Korea. Having to receive the unfortunate events in Almeria, Kim Kyung Ah slipped one place to number nine while Wu Yang replaced the Korean in the eighth spot.
Li Xiaoxia of China still topped the women’s rankings followed by more Chinese women Guo Yan, Ding Ning, Guo Yue and Liu Shiwen who occupied the second to fifth places respectively.
As for the Singaporeans, Feng Tianwei still follows the Chinese players and occupies the sixth spot. Wang Yuegu slipped two places to number 12 while Li Jiawei advanced one spot to number 23. Yu Mengyu and Sun Beibei remained in number 26 and 34 respectively.
Tabletennistas, do you think the progress of the Japanese players is enough to block the Chinese to the title? After the disappointing world championships last year for the Chinese Nuping, do you think they can reverse their fate in Rotterdam?
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