World rankings, no change
Published each week on a Tuesday, the second issue of the 2021 ITTF Table Tennis World Rankings released on Tuesday 12th January, quite understandably displays no changes.
Simply we live in strange times; the pandemic continues to prevent international competition.
It will be the same situation until the seventh week when there will be a reduction in points; changes can be anticipated but it will not be until the tenth week when we will witness movement as a result of competition.
Staged in Doha, the World Table Tennis Middle East Hub hosts a Contender tournament from Sunday 28th February to Saturday 6th March, followed immediately by the Star Contender event which concludes on Saturday 13th March.
China’s Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng continue to head the respective men’s and women’s listings. It is a position Fan Zhendong held last year in January, April, November and December. Prior to this year he had occupied top spot on 20 editions, having made his no.1 position debut in April 2018.
Meanwhile, for Chen Meng she rose to the pinnacle for the first time in her career three years ago in January 2018, she returned to the very heights in June 2019 and since that date has never relinquished the illustrious position. On the occasion of the December 2020 rankings, she had led the order on 18 occasions.
Top Three - Men
World: 1. Fan Zhendong (CHN) 2. Xu Xin (CHN) 3. Ma Long (CHN)
Asia: 1. Fan Zhendong (CHN) 2. Xu Xin (CHN) 3. Ma Long (CHN)
East Asia: 1. Fan Zhendong (CHN) 2. Xu Xin (CHN) 3. Ma Long (CHN)
Middle Asia: 1. Kirill Gerassimenko (KAZ) 2. Noshad Alamiyan (IRI) 3. Nima Alamian (IRI)
West Asia: 1. Ali Alkhadrawi (KSA) 2. Abdulaziz Bu Shulaybi (IRI) 3. Zaid Abo Yaman (JOR)
South: 1. Sharath Kamal Achanta (IND) 2. Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (IND) 3. Harmeet Desai (IND)
South Asia: 1. Supanut Wisutmaythangkoon (THA) 2. Pang Yew En Koen (SGP) 3. Padasak Tanviriyavechakul (THA)
Top Three - Women
World: 1. Chen Meng (CHN) 2. Sun Yingsha (CHN) 3. Mima Ito (JPN)
Asia: 1. Chen Meng (CHN) 2. Sun Yingsha (CHN) 3. Mima Ito (JPN)
East Asia: 1. Chen Meng (CHN) 2. Sun Yingsha (CHN) 3. Mima Ito (JPN)
Middle Asia: 1. Anastasia Lavrova (KAZ) 2. Zauresh Akasheva (KAZ) 3. Neda Shahsavari (IRI)
West Asia: 1. Maha Faramazi (QAT) 2. Mariana Sahakian (LBN) 3. Taimma Abo Yaman (JOR)
South: 1. Manika Batra (IND) 2. Sutirtha Mukherjee (IND) 3. Madhurika Patkar (IND)
South Asia: 1. Feng Tianwei (SGP) 2. Suthasini Sawettabut (THA) 3. Yu Mengyu (SGP)
Editor: Ian Marshall