(by Steve Hopkins)
USA’s Lily Zhang is now World No. 42 and USA’s Juan Liu is No. 87. Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz is No. 9 and her sister Melanie is No. 92. The top four in the Women’s rankings are all Chinese (Chen, Sun, Wang Manyu, Wang Yidi). Hina Hayata passed Mima Ito – the two Japanese teammates are in the No. 5 and No. 6 positions. Doo Hoi Kem of Hong Kong is No. 7 and Ying Hang of Germany is the top European player in the rankings at No. 8. After Adriana Diaz, Kasumi Ishikawa rounds out the Top 10.
USA’s Kanak Jha slid one spot to No. 31. Nikhil Kumar is the second ranked American at No. 182. Fan Zhendong is first with Ma Long and Liang Jinkun in second and third. Fan has twice as many points accumulated as second place Ma Long, so his position in first is very secure. Hugo Calderano who is fourth followed by No. 5 Truls Moregard and No. 6 Darko Jorgic. Harimoto, Lin Yun-Ju, Ovtcharov and Aruna round out the Top 10. Boll and Franziska are now in the 11 and 12 positions.
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