Singapore�s Sun Bei Bei and China�s Wu Yang, two players with completely contrasting styles, are the two ladies to make the most progress in the higher echelons of the ITTF Women�s World Rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Tuesday 1st September 2009.
Sun Bei Bei, a fast close to the table attacking player, moves from no.32 to no.20 whilst Wu Yang, the stalwart defender, climbs from no.81 to no.45.
It is for the Chinese teenager her highest ever world ranking. Also it is progress for two players who honed their skills in China.
Moving Home & Next Generation
Sun Bei Bei hails from Liaoning province; not able to secure a place in the national team, moved south to Singapore, whilst Wu Yang is a member of the rising generation, is seeking a place amongst the elite and of as always in modern times, the elite is dominated by China.
The top five names on the newly published ITTF Women�s World Rankings all emanate from China.
Zhang Yining leads followed by Guo Yue, Li Xiaoxia, Liu Shiwen and Guo Yan; whilst Wang Nan, owing to her retirement from international play, falls from no. 6 to no.7.
She is replaced by Singapore�s Feng Tianwei who moves in the opposite direction; the winner of the Women�s Singles event at the KAL Korean Open, she moves from no.7 to no.6.
Korea�s Kim Kyung Ah retains her no.8 place but immediately below there are changes.
Hong Kong�s Jiang Huajun moves from no.10 to no.9 and Singapore�s Wang Yue Gu advances from no.11 to no.10; the player to suffer is China�s Ding Ning. She fall from no.9 to no.11.
Meanwhile, in the Under 21 Women�s World Rankings it is �as you were�.
China to the Fore
The Chinese trio of Guo Yue, Li Xiaoxia and Liu Shiwen occupy the top three places whilst in the Under 18 Girls� list Liu Shiwen retains top spot but immediately below there is a change.
Wu Yang and Japan�s Kasumi Ishikawa change places. Kasumi Ishikawa falls one place to no.3; Wu Yang climbs one place to no.2.
Japanese Teenager Advances
Similarly, on the Under 15 Girls� Ranking, there is no change at the top but a small change below.
Korea�s Yang Ha Eun who leads the ITTF Junior Circuit Standings retains her no.1 spot as does China�s Chen Meng, one place below. However, the next two places change hands.
Formerly at no.4, the Japan�s defender Ayuka Tanioka is now at no.3 with Germany�s Petrissa Solja falling one place to no.4.