The new World Ranking of December shows the deroute of Werner SCHLAGER (AUT) and Timo BOLL (GER) who have both been no. 1 in the World during the last year.
SCHLAGER, who went to the leading position on the World Ranking when he won the World Championships in May, has been suffering from an injury since June. In spite of the injury he tried to keep playing but he lost to several lower ranked players and he is now only no. 10 in the World. BOLL played the German Open in November with a viral fever, and he lost to Tomas PAVELKA (CZE) in the first round. After that he had to cancel his participation in Denmark and Sweden and that was expensive for him concerning ranking points. BOLL fell down to the 6th position on the World Ranking.
MA Lin (CHN) is still sitting in the front seat followed closely by his compatriot WANG Liqin. CHUAN Chih-Yuan (TPE) is no. 3. The big movers are Chinese as well. LIU Guozheng is back in the top 10 as no. 8 (no. 14 in November), and the young CHEN Qi is now no. 11 in the World (no. 16 in November). <> The Olympic Champion, KONG Linghui is now only the 5th ranked Chinese.
The young German Christian SÜSS entered the top 100. He moved from no. 145 to no. 99 after beating several top players like Jean-Michel SAIVE (BEL) and Kalinikos KREANGA (GRE)
On the Womens Ranking the Chinese are still dominating with 6 Chinese players in the top positions. ZHANG Yining seems to be untouchable in the 1st position.
Krisztina TOTH (HUN) jumped from no. 27 to no. 13 after reaching the final at the Danish Open. And SONG Ah Sim (HKG) made an even bigger move after reaching the final at the Swedish Open. She went from no. 46 to no. 17.
Some youngsters are constantly moving forward. Japanese Ai FUKUHARA started off in 2003 as no. 84 now she is no. 38. The young German Kristin SILBEREISEN is on her way to the top 100. She beat top Japanese Aya UMEMURA at the German Open and among others she overcame World no. 4, NIU Jianfeng at the Danish Open. SILBEREISEN made a big move from no. 189 to no. 103.