2012 February World Ranking

2012 February World Ranking
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Ma Long and Ding Ning lead the World Ranking List published by the International Table Tennis Federation. There were no big changes in the highest part of the men and women ranking. However, Liu Shiwen reappeared in the second place and made clear that she wants her first place back, while Joo Se Hyuk got his best ranking ever and threatens Chinese players and Timo Boll.

There were no changes in the first spots of the world ranking in February. Ma Long heads the ranking but he's closely followed by his team mate Zhang Jike, who beat him in the final of the Slovenian Open last weekend. Then Wang Hao, Timo Boll and Xu Xin are in the next three places.

Joo Se Hyuk climbed from the 8th to 6th spot and got the best world ranking in his career due to his great performance at the Hungarian Open, where he reached the final.  On the contrary, Wang Liqin went down from the 6th to the 8th spot due to his absence in competitions during January and probably he continues falling in the world ranking because he isn't part of the Chinese pre-Olympic team, so his participation in the next World Tour events isn't confirmed.

Although Jun Mizutani and Dimitrij Ovtcharov didn't appear in international event in January, they stay in the ninth and tenth place, respectively. Romania's Adrian Crisan gave an important jump for being semifinalist in Hungary. He moved from 34th to 24th. Austria's Cheng Weixing also was rewarded for his participation at the Hungarian Open and went up from 43th to 33th place. Canada's Eugene Wang and Italy's Mihai Bobocica, quarter-finalists in Slovenia, also experienced changes in their world ranking. Wang moved from 149th to 94th place, while the Italian player jumped from 122th to 77th spot. Despite his comeback to the World Tour events, Christian Suss came down from 41th to 49th spot. The legendary Torben Wosik is in the 101th place after years of being under 100.

Lin Guoyuan, Chinese raising star, appears in the place 36th place, while Yan An moved from 61th to 51th. Ricardo Walther, Borussia Dusseldorf's new player, went up from 183th to 171th spot, while his compatriot Patrick Franziska climbed from 158 to 130 step due to his performance in Hungary. However, France's Simon Gauzy showed the best improvement in the ranking because he moved from 129 to 77 place.

In the women's world ranking, Ding Ning remains in the first place and is followed by Liu Shiwen, who is back to claim for her ex-throne. Guo Yan stays in the third place, while Li Xiaoxia exchanged place with Liu Shiwen and is in the n°4. This is a worrying fall for Li Xiaoxia because she led almost the whole 2011 ranking. Kasumi Ishikawa exchanged place with Singapore's Wu Yuegu and came back to the seventh place, her best ranking. China's Wu Yang is back into the top ten thanks to beat Ding Ning at the Hungarian Open.

Fang Yin is in the n°13 spot and hopes to be in the top ten as in 2010. Germany's Zhenqi Barthel jumped from the 66 place to 46 for reaching last 16 in Hungary,while Taiwan's Chen Szu-Yu climbed from 93 to 77 step. Bernardette Szcos, recently Europe Youth Top-10 winner, is in the 90th place and it seems that she will keep going up.

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