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Ma Long And Ding Ning At The Top Of The World Ranking

Ma Long and Ding Ning at the top of the World Ranking
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There were no big surprises in the March's World Ranking List published by the International Table Tennis Federation. Ma Long and Ding Ning remain as leaders of the men's and women's ranking. On the other hand, Xu Xin and Joo Se Hyuk reached their best ranking and Germans Patrick Franziska and Han Ying saw an important improvement in their rankings.

The men World Ranking didn't suffer big chances. Ma Long stays at the top of the ranking and is closely followed by Jike Zhang and Wang Hao. Xu Xin went up from the fifth to the fourth place and reached his beat ranking. However, the Chinese player wasn't the only one, who saw improvements in his ranking. Joo Se Hyuk stepped up from the sixth to the fifth spot.

Patrick Baum went down to the nineteenth place, what is his best ranking so far. Japanese Koki Niwa is unstoppable and reached 20th place, his best ranking so far. Another player who had a good performance in March was Hong Kong's Tianyi Jiang, The Asian player jumped from 43th to 22th spot. Russia's Alexander Shibaev stepped up from 54th to 42th.

Simon Gauzy also moved from 77th to 64. Patrick Franziska also gave an important jump this time. He went up from 130th to 98th spot and reached his first ranking ever.

Timo Boll continued falling down in the ranking. The German player jumped back from 4th to 6th, his worst ranking since October 2008, due to his absence from the first four World Team events.

There were no big changes in the women World Ranking neither. Ding Ning heads the ranking list and is escorted by Liu Shiwen, Guo Yan and Feng Tianwei. Kasumi Ishikawa exchanged places with Guo Yue, her best ranking ever. Hong Kong's Tie Yana came back to the tenth spot but Ai Fukuhara is in the eleventh place, her worst ranking since November 2010.

Feng Yalan from China gave an important jump after his victory at the Kuwait Open, from 20 to 12th. However, Feng was overshadowed by Germany's Han Ying. Han had a great performance at the Qatar Open. She beat Feng Tianwei in the round of 16 and was defeated by Chen Meng in quarterfinals, what made her move from 145th to 40th. Cheng Meng, world junior champion and winner in Qatar, stepped up from 39th to 22th, her best ranking so far. China's Li Xiaodan benefited from her participation in the last two World Tour events and jumped from 62th to 33th.

Photo and info. source: newshopper.sulekha.com - ittf.com

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Men Women November 2014
Ranking Player +/-
1
Xu Xin Xu Xin China
0
2
Ma Long Ma Long China
1
3
Fan Zhendong Fan Zhendong China
-1
4
Zhang Jike Zhang Jike China
0
5
Jun Mizutani Jun Mizutani Japan
2
Wang Hao Wang Hao China
6 -1
7
Chuang Chih-Yuan Chuang Chih-Yuan China Taipei
1
8
Timo Boll Timo Boll Germany
1
Yan An Yan An China
9
Marcos Freitas Marcos Freitas Portugal
3
10 1