Table Tennis World Ranking

The table tennis world ranking list is a computerised rating system.
So who are the best players? Find out here...

Table Tennis World Rankings by ITTF

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) produces a world ranking list by entering the results of matches played in authorised events into a computerised database.

Using these results, the ITTF is able to produce a current list of the best table tennis players in the world.

Separate ranking lists are produced each month for the top men and the top women table tennis players, but these lists are also sub-divided to produce lists for other categories ... such as ... only players under 21 years, or only players under 18 years or players by continent.

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The basic principles

Players receive or lose rating points for each match played in an authorised ITTF event.

The winner gains a certain number of points whilst, at the same time, points are deducted from the rating of the loser.

The number of points won or lost depends on the relative strength of the two players involved.

Points are added or deducted in accordance with a rating points table.

"Expected results" are those matches where the winner had a higher rating than the loser whilst "Unexpected results" are those matches where the winner had a lower rating than the loser.

Wins against unrated players give no points to the winner.

When a rated player loses against an unrated player, 10 points are deducted from the rating of the losing player.

These calculations are carried out only on the basis of the rating points, without taking into account "Bonus Points" (see below).


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Not all matches are equal

Because some table tennis events are more important than others, the rating points on offer are also different. This is known as "weighting".

The ITTF's Competition Department has classified events into three different tiers, and rating points are increased for the major events.

So, for events such as the Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup, players receive double rating points, whilst for events such as the ITTF World Tour players receive points multiplied by a factor of 1.5.

Third tier events, such as the Commonwealth Games and Pan-Am Games, receive normal rating points.


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Bonus Points

Bonus points, like rating points, are "weighted" and are awarded in four different tiers based on the event being played.

Bonus points are generally awarded on the basis of the final positions in knockout singles events.

However, in competitions where the knockout format is not used, up to 16 players may be given bonus points.

Additionally, bonus points are awarded wherever possible for third place and for other matches where intermediate positions are played for.

These bonus points remain valid for a period of 12 months only from the date of each bonus point earned.

Bonus points are not awarded for Team events, Qualifying events or Ranking (Consolation) events.


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New players

Players enter the table tennis world ranking list as soon as they've had at least two wins against players already ranked.

Players are given Starting Points and these starting points are re-calculated each time a new World Ranking is produced, up to the moment a player reaches or passes the limit of five wins and five losses against already ranked players.

Then these "Starting Points" become final.


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Inactive players

Players who've had no recorded international results for 4 months or more are not included on the world ranking lists but retain their rating points for seeding purposes.

Players who've had no recorded international results for 8 months or more are excluded from the world ranking lists. However they retain their rating points until they become active again, meaning that in the interim, these points could still be used for seeding purposes at non ITTF events only.


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When are table tennis world ranking lists issued?

The ITTF was founded in 1926, and in 1928 they published the first World Ranking list for men and for women.

For many years these rankings were only issued once a year, sometimes twice ... but in 1991, with the assistance of computers, this frequency gradually increased.

Now they're produced on a monthly basis and are generally issued on the first day of the month.


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Who dominates the world ranking lists?

Well, as you might expect, the Asian players, particularly the Chinese table tennis players, dominate the table tennis world rankings.

Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Timo Boll from Germany, Vladimir Samsonov from Belarus and Marcos Freitas from Portugal are the only non-asian players currently in the top 20 of the men's world rankings, whilst there is only one non-asian player in the top twenty of the women's world rankings.

Three of the best men in the World Ranking List - All Chinese!

Table Tennis World Rankings - Top Chinese men by courtesy of the ITTF


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Latest table tennis world rankings

Please check this page each month for an update.

MEN (August 2014)
Ranking Player (Family Name, Given Name) Country
1 XU, Xin China
2 MA, Long China
3 FAN, Zhendong China
4 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij Germany
5 ZHANG, Jike China
6 WANG, Hao China
7 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan Chinese Taipei
8 MIZUTANI, Jun Japan
9 YAN, An China
10 BOLL, Timo Germany
11 GAO, Ning Singapore
12 SAMSONOV, Vladimir Belarus
13 FREITAS, Marcos Portugal
14 TANG, Peng Hong Kong China
15 NIWA, Koki Japan
16 JOO, Saehyuk South Korea
17 BAUM, Patrick Germany
18 KIM, Minseok South Korea
19 STEGER, Bastian Germany
20 CHO, Eonrae South Korea
more...

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WOMEN (August 2014)
Ranking Player (Family Name, Given Name) Country
1 LIU, Shiwen China
2 DING, Ning China
3 LI, Xiaoxia China
4 FENG, Tianwei Singapore
5 WU, Yang China
6 CHEN, Meng China
7 ZHU, Yuling China
8 HAN, Ying Germany
9 ISHIKAWA, Kasumi Japan
10 YU, Mengyu Singapore
11 SEO, Hyowon South Korea
12 LIU, Jia Austria
13 LI, Fen Sweden
14 FUKUHARA, Ai Japan
15 LEE, Ho Ching Hong Kong China
16 LI, Jiao Netherlands
17 YANG, Haeun South Korea
18 HIRANO, Sayaka Japan
19 YU, Fu Portugal
20 PAVLOVICH, Viktoria Belarus
more...

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To see the top 100 players on the latest table tennis world ranking lists, you can download the attached files below.

Please check this page each month for an update.

 

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Notes:

Players' positions on the previous ranking list are shown in brackets in column 2.

(<<) = no change in position from the previous ranking list

(unr) = did not appear on the previous ranking list

New players are marked as follows:

"n" the first time they enter the ranking list

"r" in the period during which their Starting Points are re-assessed, ie from the moment they reached 2 wins until the time they reach 5 significant wins and 5 significant losses

"f" in the first list where their Starting Points have become final.

Players marked * have had no results entered for 6 months, and players marked ** have had no results entered for more than 1 year.

These players may re-enter the lists if a result is entered for them in the future.

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TABLE TENNIS WORLD RANKING LISTS (Top 100 players)
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January 2014 - Men (opens in a new window)

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December 2013 - Men (opens in a new window)

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