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Seeding Announced for Rio, Could London Finalists Meet in Penultimate Round?

Seeding Announced for Rio, Could London Finalists Meet in Penultimate Round?

Courtesy of ITTF

China’s Ma Long will be the top seed in the Men’s Singles event at the forthcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games, play commencing in Riocentro Pavilion 3 on Saturday August 6th; that fact is confirmed by the World Rankings issued on Monday August 1st.

It is the list that will be used to determine matters at the draw ceremony scheduled for 12:00 noon on Wednesday August 3rd.

Likewise, Ding Ning, also from China, will be the top seed in the Women’s Singles event.

First Time in January 2010
Ma Long, claims the top spot for the 48th time in his career and like Liu Shiwen, who again heads the Women’s World Rankings, he first ascended to the pinnacle in January 2010.

However, Liu Shiwen, who reserves the top spot for the 32nd time in her career, is not named in the Women’s Singles event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games; she plays alongside Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia in the Women’s Team competition.

Defending Champion Third Seed
Ding Ning remains at no.2 on the newly published listings ahead of colleague Zhu Yuling and Singapore’s Feng Tianwei. Next in line is Li Xiaoxia, also from China and the gold medalist four years ago in London.

Zhu Yuling is the reserve for the Chinese Team; thus Feng Tianwei is the no.2 seed, Li Xiaoxia is the no.3 seed in the Women’s Singles event in Rio.

The outcome is that there will be a great deal of interest focused on the draw; potentially Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia, who met in the London final, could meet in the Rio de Janeiro semi-final. It just depends on the draw.

Next on List
Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa listed at no.6 on the newly published Women’s World Rankings is the no.4 seed in the Women’s Singles event in Rio de Janeiro, followed by Germany’s Han Ying, Japan’s Ai Fukuhara and very much a player in form, Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching.

On the current Women’s World Rankings, Han Ying and Ai Fukuhara change places; Han Ying is now at no.7, Ai Fukuhara at no.8 with Mima Ito, also from Japan and only included in the Women’s Team event in Rio de Janeiro, at no.9.

Cheng I-Ching
Next in line is Cheng I-Ching. She climbs from her previous ever highest listing of no.12 to no.10; it means that she is the no.7 seed in the Women’s Singles event in Rio.

Korea’s Jeon Jihee remains at no.11 and thus completes the top eight seeds.

Singapore’s Yu Mengyu is next in the seeding pursued by Germany’s Petrissa Solja, Li Jie of the Netherlands and Korea’s Suh Hyowon. Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem is the no.13 seed with Turkey’s Hu Melek, Hong Kong’s Lee Ho Ching and Austria’s Liu Jia completing the top 16 names.

Zhang Jike
Meanwhile on the August Men’s World Rankings, China’s Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin retain the respective second and third places with colleague Zhang Jike, the Men’s Singles gold medalist in London, next on the list.

However, Fan Zhendong is the reserve for the Chinese Men’s Team in London; Xu Xin does not compete in the Men’s Singles event, only in the Men’s Team competition. The effect is that Zhang Jike is the no.2 seed in Rio with Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Japan’s Jun Mizutani being next in the order of merit.

On the current Men’s World Rankings, Dimitrij Ovtharov remains at no.5 one place ahead of Jun Mizutani.

Top Eight Names
The top four seeds known; Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan, Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting and Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus are the next in the seeded order with Portugal’s, Marcos Freitas, completing the top eight names.

On the newly issued World Rankings, Chuang Chih-Yuan retains his no.7 spot; likewise Wong Chun Ting is at no.8 once again as is Vladimir Samsonov at no.9. The player to make progress is Marcos Freitas. He moves from no.12 to no.11 being one place behind China’s Fang Bo who is not on duty in Brazil.

Name to Note
Korea’s Jeoung Youngsik completes the top 12 names and is the no.9 seed in Rio.

However, it is the player who is next on the list who attracts the attention; Germany’s former World no.1, Timo Boll advances one place to no.13. It means he is the no.10 seed in the Rio Men’s Singles event.

Hong Kong’s Tang Peng and Korea’s Lee Sangsu occupy the next two seeded positions with Frenchman Simon Gauzy, Portugal’s Tiago Apolonia, Croatia’s Andrej Gacina and Austria’s Stefan Fegerl completing the top 16 seeded names.

Enter in Round Three
In both the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events, the top 16 seeded players enter the draw in round three.

the first matches in the third round of each of the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events will be played on the evening of Sunday August 7th.

Download World Rankings
Monday August 1st: Latest World Rankings 

Download Seeding for Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Monday August 1st: Seeding – Men’s Singles
Monday August 1st: Seeding – Women’s Singles

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