May's Ranking: Xu Xin Back To The #1!

May's ranking: Xu Xin back to the #1!
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Xu Xin went back to the highest place of the world ranking list. The Chinese player replaced Ma Long after winning the final of the 2013 Korean OPen held in April. Yan An also was rewarded in this month and entered the top 15. There were no changes in the women's world ranking. Ding Ning heads the list closely followed by Liu Shiwen and Li Xiaoxia.


ITTF has released May's world ranking list, which will define top seeds of the 2013 World Championships. Xu Xin recovered the first place of the world ranking after winning the 2013 Korean Open held in April. The Chinese player replaced Ma Long, his opponent in the final of the Open. Wang Hao moved to the third place exchanging places with Zhang Jike, who is in the fourth place now. The ranking list doesn't present changes in the following places. Timo Boll is in the fifth place, followed by Chuang Chih-Yuan, Dimitrij Ovtcharov, Ma Lin Wang Liqin and Jun Mizutani. 

Yan An attracts attention in the top 15 as he jumped eight places and reached the 14th spot.  Iran's Noshad Alamiyan also recovered  some places. He went from 63rd to 51st but he is still 11 spots away from his best ranking. On the contrary, Kenji Matsudaira fell  from 59th tp 70th place. 

Russia's Alexey Liventsov also saw improvements in his ranking after jumping from 104th to 88th place. Maharu Yoshimura also got into the top 100 after moving from 105 to 94. Korea's Kang Dongsoo jumped 20 places from 118t to 98th. 

In the women's world ranking list, Ding Ning reached her 19th month at the top. If everthing goes well for the reigning world champion in Paris, she could reach 20 months in the first place. Ding Ning is followed by her biggest opponents Liu Shiwen, Li Xiaoxia and Feng Tianwei. 

Zhu Yuling, Chinese raising star, reached new heights as she went up from 8th to 6th place. Then Spain's Shen Yanfei comes in the 7th spot, the best ranked European player. Viktoria Pavlocich appeared lower in the list, in the place 15th, and is the best ranked no Chinese-born player in Europa. But the European player isn't alone in the top 20.  Elizabeta Samara of Romania is in the 19th spot. 

Cheng I-Ching of Chinese Taipei gave a big jump and moved from 49th to 30th spot. Hong Kong's Lee Ho Ching also was rewarded this month as she went up from 58th to 37th place. Japan's Hiroko Fujii saw improvements in her ranking as well. She jumped up from 70th to 0th spot. LiLy Zhang, 2013 ITTF North American Cup's champion, came back to the top 100 after moving from 101st to 94th place. 

Click here to see the whole ranking. 

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