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Rankings Blow For Ma Long And Zhang Jike | TT News Weekly

August 29, 2019

Hello and welcome to the first TT News Weekly
video brought to you by SD Sport. Each and every week we will upload a new video
taking a look back at the week’s biggest news stories from the world of table tennis. So without further ado let’s get into the
week’s TT News. The new table tennis world rankings list has
been unveiled and as expected there were plenty of big surprises for January 2018. One of the biggest talking points of the list
sees Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov rise to World No.1 but there have also been major
headlines about the new rankings positions for Chinese stars Ma Long and Zhang Jike. Ma Long held first position in the list for
34 consecutive months and has been the leading name in men’s table tennis for many a year
now. Victorious at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,
Ma Long went on to enjoy a fantastic first half of 2017 with his capture of the Men’s
Singles title at the 2017 World Championships. However, as of January 2018 Ma Long has slipped
down the order, with the 29-year-old now occupying 7th position alongside Hong Kong’s Wong
Chun Ting who also shares the same number of rankings points. Zhang Jike has also suffered a major drop
down the men’s rankings table with the former Grand Slam winner moving from 9th to 54th
in January. The London 2012 champion is now the sixth
highest world ranked Chinese player in the men’s game and is some 33 places below 2015
World Championship runner up Fang Bo. Ding Ning and Liu Shiwen are the big headline
makers in the women’s world rankings with the two stars falling down to 21st and 24th
positions respectively while Chen Meng is named as the new World No.1. Moving away from the World Rankings update
there appears to have been a major news story on the World Team Championships scene with
reports indicating that the Nigerian women’s team won’t be allowed entry for the tournament. This comes after Nigeria failed to field a
squad for the Women’s Team event at the 2016 African Championships despite sending
representatives for the Men’s Team competition. African teams that have secured qualification
for the 2018 World Team Championships are Egypt, Algeria, Congo, South Africa, Morocco
and Tunisia. In other news Switzerland’s Rachel Moret
has spoken ahead of the upcoming 2018 Europe Top 16 Cup competition, set to take place
in early February. Moret can’t wait to compete on home soil
against Europe’s strongest players and is confident that she can cause an upset at the event.

1 Comment

  • Reply Janusz Jablonowski January 13, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    It's pronounced "Chun Mung". Just a heads up.

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