Taiwan’s table tennis players retain top rankings

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 03, 2020
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan’s Lin Yun-ju returns to China’s Xu Xin in their ITTF Finals men’s singles match in Zhengzhou, China, on Nov. 20.
Photo from the International Table Tennis Federation Web site

Taiwan’s Lin Yun-ju remained the world No. 7 male table tennis player and Cheng I-ching the world No. 8 female player in the latest rankings released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) on Tuesday.

All ITTF events were canceled starting in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and world rankings were frozen in April, but tournament play resumed last month with the Women’s World Cup, the Men’s World Cup and the ITTF Finals.

Lin and Cheng reached the quarter-finals in the World Cup and ITTF Finals, helping to maintain their rankings.

In the men’s rankings, China’s Fan Zhendong, Xu Xin and Ma Long retained the world’s top three spots, while China’s Lin Gaoyuan was ranked fourth and Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto fifth.

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