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Table Tennis World Ranking

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

New Table Tennis World Ranking System

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 senior men and senior women together with separate ranking lists only for players under 21 years of age; junior players (under 17 years) and cadet players (under 14 years).

These ranking lists are used for determining seeding in all tournaments and for selecting players for certain competitions.

2018 - A New System

With effect from 1 January 2018 the ITTF introduced a new system for calculating world rankings.

It's much simpler than the old system and it's designed to encourage players to play in more World Ranking events.

Players will now receive World Ranking Points based only on the final position they reach at tournaments. So, the better they perform, the more points they'll receive.

The number of World Ranking Points a player receives are set out in the tables below, with the most prestigious events offering the most points.

So, for the two most prestigious events in the table tennis calendar - the Olympic Games and the World Championships - the winner receives 3,000 points, whilst for the World Cup and the World Tour Grand Finals the winner receives 2,550 points.

Other events award fewer World Ranking Points (see tables below) and are on a sliding scale.


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8 of the Best

Although players can enter many events throughout the year, only their best 8 results during the last 12 months are used (with a maximum of one continental event) to calculate their World Ranking.

The previous system also included losing points when they lost a match, but this no longer applies.

And separate ranking lists are now calculated for each age category (Senior, U21, Junior, Cadet) by only using results achieved in the respective age category. In the previous system, only one list was compiled and rankings for the age categories were just a sub set of the main list.


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World Ranking Points Tables for Senior Events

OLYMPIC GAMES
Position World Ranking Points
Winner 3000
Runner-Up 2700
3rd position 2400
4th position 2250
Quarter-finalist 2100
Loser in Round of 16 1500
Loser in Round of 32 1200
Loser in 2nd round 900
Loser in 1st round 600
Loser in Prelim. round 450
Matches won at team event 180

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Position World Ranking Points
Winner 3000
Runner-Up 2700
Semi-finalist 2400
Quarter-finalist 2100
Loser in Round of 16 1500
Loser in Round of 32 1200
Loser in Round of 64 900
Loser in Round of 128 600
Loser in Preliminary Round 450
Matches won in qualification groups 45
TEAM MATCHES  
Championship division - main draw and qualification 180
Championship division - position matches 150
2nd division - main draw and qualification 96
2nd division - position matches 84
3rd division - main draw and qualification 75
3rd division - position matches 60
4th division - main draw and qualification 45
4th division - position matches 30

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WORLD CUP
Position World Ranking Points
Winner 2550
Runner-Up 2295
3rd position 2040
4th position 1913
Quarter-finalist 1785
Loser in Round of 16 1275
Position 17-20 1020
WORLD TEAM CUP  
Matches won at World Team Cup 153

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WORLD TOUR GRAND FINALS
Position World Ranking Points
Winner 2550
Runner-Up 2295
Semi-finalist 2040
Quarter-finalist 1785
Loser in Round of 16 1275

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WORLD TOUR PLATINUM
Position World Ranking Points
Winner 2100
Runner-Up 1890
Semi-finalist 1680
Quarter-finalist 1470
Loser in Round of 16 1050
Loser in Round of 32 840
Loser in Qualification Round of 32 315
Loser in Qualification Round of 64 210
Loser in Qualification Round of 128 147
Loser in Qualification Round of 256 84
Matches won in Qualification Groups 63

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WORLD TOUR
Position World Ranking Points
Winner 1350
Runner-Up 1215
Semi-finalist 1080
Quarter-finalist 945
Loser in Round of 16 675
Loser in Round of 32 540
Loser in Qualification Round of 32 203
Loser in Qualification Round of 64 135
Loser in Qualification Round of 128 95
Loser in Qualification Round of 256 54
Matches won in Qualification Groups 41

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CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS / CUP
Position World Ranking Points
Winner 1200
Runner-Up 1080
3rd position 960
4th position 900
5th position 840
6th position 804
7th position 756
8th position 720
Loser in Round of 16 600
Loser in Round of 32 480
Loser in Round of 64 360
Loser in Round of 128 240
Loser in Qualification Round of 32 180
Loser in Qualification Round of 64 120
Loser in Qualification Round of 128 84
Loser in Qualification Round of 256 48

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ITTF CHALLENGE SERIES
Position World Ranking Points
Winner 750
Runner-Up 675
Semi-finalist 600
Quarter-finalist 525
Loser in Round of 16 375
Loser in Round of 32 300
Loser in Round of 64 225
Loser in Qualification Round of 32 113
Loser in Qualification Round of 64 75
Loser in Qualification Round of 128 53
Loser in Qualification Round of 256 30
Matches won in Qualification Groups 23

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MULTI-SPORT GAMES
e.g. Commonwealth Games, Pan-Am Games
Position World Ranking Points
Winner 300
Runner-Up 270
3rd position 240
4th position 225
5th position 210
6th position 201
7th position 189
8th position 180
Loser in Round of 16 150
Loser in Round of 32 120
Loser in Round of 64 90
Loser in Round of 128 60
Loser in Qualification Round of 32 45
Loser in Qualification Round of 64 30
Loser in Qualification Round of 128 21
Loser in Qualification Round of 256 12

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REGIONAL GAMES
Position World Ranking Points
Winner 225
Runner-Up 203
3rd position 180
4th position 169
5th position 158
6th position 151
7th position 142
8th position 135
Loser in Round of 16 113
Loser in Round of 32 90
Loser in Round of 64 68
Loser in Round of 128 45
Loser in Qualification Round of 32 34
Loser in Qualification Round of 64 23
Loser in Qualification Round of 128 16
Loser in Qualification Round of 256 9

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OTHER EVENT
Position World Ranking Points
Winner 150
Runner-Up 135
3rd position 120
4th position 113
5th position 105
6th position 101
7th position 95
8th position 90
Loser in Round of 16 75
Loser in Round of 32 60
Loser in Round of 64 45
Loser in Round of 128 30
Loser in Qualification Round of 32 23
Loser in Qualification Round of 64 15
Loser in Qualification Round of 128 11
Loser in Qualification Round of 256 6

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Valid for 12 months

World Ranking Points are valid for 12 months, but Ranking Points awarded at the Olympic Games and World Championships are valid for longer.

Because these two events are not held annually, Ranking Points awarded at the Olympic Games are valid for 48 months but reduce by 25% each year. So the first year they're worth 100%; the second year 75%; the third year 50%, and the fourth year 25%.

And the Ranking Points awarded at the World Championships (individual and team) are valid for 24 months, but after the first year the points are reduced by 50%.

The ITTF publishes the World Ranking List at the beginning of every month, usually by the 6th day of the month.

Players who do not have any recorded international results for more than twelve months are excluded from the published ranking lists.

However, special rules apply to players who are unable to play due to injury, sickness or pregnancy.


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Doubles Events and Age Categories

For doubles events; Under 21 years; juniors (under 17 years) and cadets (under 14 years); the same system applies, but they use a different set of points tables (not shown here).


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The pre 2018 system - The basic principles

The system in use pre-2018 was as follows...

Players received or lost rating points for each match played in an authorised ITTF event.

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

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

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

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

Wins against unrated players gave no points to the winner.

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

These calculations were 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 were equal

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

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

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

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


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Bonus Points

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Inactive players

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

Players who had no recorded international results for 8 months or more were excluded from the world ranking lists. However they retained 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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New players

Under the pre-2018 system, players entered the table tennis world ranking list as soon as they had at least two wins against players already ranked.

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

Then these "Starting Points" become final.

But under the new system, every player who has earned ITTF Ranking points in an eligible tournament during the ranking period is included in the ITTF World Rankings.


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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 within the first six days 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, have dominated the table tennis world rankings for many years.

However, the new system has shaken up the rankings, and players such as Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Timo Boll from Germany are now riding high, along with Egypt's Omar Assar and Brazil's Hugo Calderano in the top twenty.

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 (May 2018)
Ranking Player (Family Name, Given Name) Association
1 FAN, Zhendong China
2 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij Germany
3 BOLL, Timo Germany
4 XU, Xin China
5 LIN, Gaoyuan China
6 MA, Long China
7 WONG, Chun Ting Hong Kong China
8 LEE, Sangsu South Korea
9 NIWA, Koki Japan
10 HARIMOTO, Tomokazu Japan
11 CALDERANO, Hugo Brazil
12 GAUZY, Simon France
13 MIZUTANI, Jun Japan
14 MATSUDAIRA, Kenta Japan
15 FREITAS, Marcos Portugal
16 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan Chinese Taipei
17 ASSAR, Omar Egypt
18 KARLSSON, Kristian Sweden
19 GROTH, Jonathan Denmark
20 KARLSSON, Mattias Sweden
more...

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WOMEN (May 2018)
Ranking Player (Family Name, Given Name) Association
1 CHEN, Meng China
2 ZHU, Yuling China
3 ISHIKAWA, Kasumi Japan
4 WANG, Manyu China
5 ITO, Mima Japan
6 HIRANO, Miu Japan
7 CHENG, I-Ching Chinese Taipei
8 CHEN, Xingtong China
9 FENG, Tianwei Singapore
10 LIU, Shiwen China
11 DOO, Hoi Kem Hong Kong China
12 SATO, Hitomi Japan
13 SUH, Hyowon South Korea
14 SUN, Yingsha China
15 HAYATA, Hina Japan
16 DING, Ning China
17 POLCANOVA, Sofia Austria
18 SAMARA, Elizabeta Romania
19 LEE, Ho Ching Hong Kong China
20 KATO, Miyu Japan
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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Please note:

You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader or Preview installed on your computer to view these world ranking lists.

Most Windows computers have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed already - it's FREE, but if you're one of the few who don't already have it installed, click on this link http://get.adobe.com/reader and follow the instructions on the Adobe web site to download it.

(Mac users can use Preview which is pre-installed on all Macs)

 

TABLE TENNIS WORLD RANKING LISTS (Top 100 players)
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