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Published: 17:23, January 03, 2023 | Updated: 17:23, January 03, 2023
Chinese paddlers lead 2023's first ITTF world rankings
By Xinhua
Published:17:23, January 03, 2023 Updated:17:23, January 03, 2023 By Xinhua

Fan Zhendong of China serves during the men's singles semifinal match against Lin Yun-Ju of Chinese Taipei at the WTT Champions Macao 2022 in Macao, south China, Oct 22, 2022. (CHEONG KAM KA / XINHUA)

BEIJING - China's Fan Zhendong  and Sun Yingsha maintained their top places in the first International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) world rankings of 2023, which was released on Tuesday.

Fan Zhendong and compatriots Ma Long and Wang Chuqin completed the top three men's singles places

Fan and compatriots Ma Long and Wang Chuqin completed the top three men's singles places.

Japan's Tomokazu Harimoto slipped two places to fourth, with Truls Moregard of Sweden following in fifth, and fellow Chinese paddler Liang Jingkun sixth.

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The top 10 is rounded out by Hugo Calderano (Brazil), Lin Yun-ju (Chinese Taipei), Darko Jorgic (Slovenia) and Qiu Dang (Germany).

In the women's singles category, China's quartet of Sun, Chen Meng, Wang Manyu and Wang Yidi are ranked first to fourth.

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Japanese duo Hina Hayata and Mima Ito are placed fifth and sixth respectively, with the top ten being rounded out by Chen Xingtong (China), Kasumi Ishikawa (Japan), Doo Hoi Kem (Hong Kong, China) and Han Ying (Germany).


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