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Fan Zhendong completes one year at head the order

Tuesday 30 March

China’s Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng retain their places at the top of the respective men’s and women’s world rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Tuesday 30th March, the 13th week of the current system.

Fan Zhendong ascended to the highest position for the first time in his career in April 2018; since April 2020, a period of now one year his name has always appeared in the coveted position.

Meanwhile, for Chen Meng, she made her debut in first place in January 2018 and has reserved the lead role since June 2019.

A situation of as you were for Fan Zhendong and Chen Meng, in the very elite names it is the same for the men, for the women there is just one change of note: Singapore’s Feng Tianwei and Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa change places. Feng Tianwei is now at no.9, Kasumi Ishikawa at no.10.

Next in line to Chen Meng is Japan’s Mima Ito followed by the Chinese quintet of Sun Yingsha, Wang Manyu, Ding Ning, Zhu Yuling and Liu Shiwen; Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching remains at no.8.

Similarly, on the men’s list, Xu Xin and Ma Long once again follow colleague Fan Zhendong; Tomokazu Harimoto remains at no.4, ahead of China’s Lin Gaoyuan, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju and Brazil’s Hugo Calderano. Sweden’s Mattias Falck, Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Liang Jingkun, like Lin Gaoyuan from China, complete the top 10 names.

The status quo but lower down the men’s order there is one name that attracts the attention, impressive at the recent World Table Tennis (WTT) tournaments in Doha, Korea Republic’s Cho Daeseong advances from no.130 to no.128.

A climb of two places, notably on the women’s listings it is one place higher for four notable names, three from the Korea Republic. Suh Hyowon now occupies the no.19 spot, Yang Haeun is at no.78, Shin Yubin at no.85. Joining the group, Singapore’s Yu Mengyu progresses to no.47.

Conversely for China’s Liu Fei, she drops one position; she is now at no.68 having changed places with Ukraine’s Ganna Goponova.

No change at the very top of the order; it is the very same on the doubles’ lists; the somewhat unusual factor being that the prime names are not Chinese.

Korea Republic’s Jeoung Youngsik and Lee Sangsu head the men’s doubles order of merit. They are named ahead of Lin Gaoyuan and Liang Jingkun with Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin in third place.

Meanwhile, in the women’s doubles, Japan is to the fore; Miu Hirano and Kasumi Ishikawa head the order, pursued by colleagues Miyuu Kihara and Miyu Nagasaki. Chinese Taipei’s Chen Szu-Yu and Cheng Hsien-Tzu reserve third position.

Third spot for Chinese Taipei, in the mixed doubles list it is top spot. Lin Yun-Ju and Cheng I-Ching occupy first place; they are followed by Jun Mizutani and Japanese colleague Mima Ito. Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen stand in third place.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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