German Open: Ma Lin and Guo Yue Retain Top Spots
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Victory for Ma Long at the Liebherr German Open sees him move into third place on the ITTF Pro Tour Menís Singles Standings behind his compatriots Ma Lin and Wang Hao, with fourth and fifth places also being occupied by players from the Peopleís Republic of China.
Chen Qi is in fourth spot with Wang Liqin fifth.
Meanwhile, on the Womenís Singles Standings, Guo Yue retains her number one position despite her third round exit at the hands of sixteen year bold compatriot, Liu Shiwen in Bremen.
Like the Menís Standings, the Womenís Standings are dominated by Chinese players. Wang Nan is in second places being followed by Zhang Yining, Li Xiaoxia and Guo Yan.
The one other criteria is the there must be one player from the host nation present; that criteria has been met five fold in both Menís and Womenís Singles Standings.
It is the players who occupy the last three qualifying positions in the Standings who will be looking over their shoulders in Sweden.
All three are competing in Sweden.
He has met the criteria but is not playing in Sweden and thus a place for the forty-five year old is not now a possibility.
Make a Difference
In Germany, Dimitrij Ovtcharov excelled to reach the third round of the Menís Singles event but both Tanf Peng and Chian Chih-Yuan departed in round one.
She has met the qualification criteria, she occupies sixteenth spot but she is not competing in Sweden. The two players immediately above her will be present, whilst Japanís Saki Kanazawa and Hong Kongís Zhang Rui, who are just below the line, will be on duty.
Also, with an outside chance is the Korean defender, Kim Kyung Ah, she is in twentieth place and will be in Stockholm.
The Swedish Open is decision time.
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