May 1, 2012
Quarterfinal Defeat but Jun Mizutani Retains Top Spot on Standings
Jun MIzutani heads the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Men's Singles Standings
Photo By: Rťmy Gros
Courtesy of ITTF
On the lists published by the International Table Tennis Federation on Monday April 30th, he possesses 25,000 points as the race for a place in the million dollar GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals, to be staged in Hangzhou, China from Thursday to Sunday December 6th to 9th, intensifies.
Status quo for Jun Mizutani but three players who competed in Chile make notable progress.
Top Sixteen Places
Singaporeís Gao Ning, the Menís Singles winner, is in 10th place with 7,599 points, two places ahead of the man he beat in the semifinal in Santiago, compatriot Zhan Jian, and six places ahead of Jun Mizutaniís conqueror and colleague, Kazuhiro Chan.
Zhan Jian possesses 5,345 points, while Kazuhiro Chan having 2,923 points.
Chinaís Xu Xin with 21,050 points and Koreaís Joo Se Hyuk with 13,400 points, neither of whom were present in Santiago, are the nearest challengers to Jun Mizutani.
Moves into Second Place
Similarly, there is progress for the female players who excelled in Santiago.
Koreaís Kim Kyungah, the winner of the Womenís Singles event, is now in second place with 22,625 points, behind Chinaís Feng Yalan who has 23,125 points but ahead of third placed Chen Meng, also from China.
Chen Meng has 18,313 points.
Kim Kyungah is one of several female players to have benefited from competing in Chile.
Singaporeís Li Jiawei, beaten in the final by Kim Kyungah, is now in eighth place with 6,595 points, ahead of semifinalist Koreaís Yang Haeun who has 5,470 points and is in 10th place.
Japanís Kasumi Ishikawa, who suffered a surprise second round exit in Chile, losing to Zheng Jiaqi of the United States in round two, is now in 15th place with 4,026 points one ahead of Sun Beibei, who was beaten in the penultimate round by colleague Li Jiawei. Sun Beibei has 3,940 points.
Top Two Places
Meanwhile, the pairs who faced each other at the semifinal stage of the Menís Doubles event in Chile, occupy the top two places on the Standings.
Singaporeís Gao Ning and Li Hu, who lost the Koreaís Kim Dong Hyun and Lee Jung Woo, retain first place.
Yang Zi and Zhan Jian, also from Singapore, as a result of their victory in Chile, occupy fourth place with 2,875 points, behind Chinaís Ma Lin and Xu Xin who have 4,000 points.
They are ahead of Japanís Kenji Matsudaira and Jun Mizutani who have 1,750 points. In Chile they were beaten in the semifinals by Yang Zi and Zhan Jian.
More Singaporean Progress
Progress for Singapore in the Menís Doubles Standings and there is also progress for Singapore in the counterpart Womenís Doubles Standings.
Li Jiawei and Sun Beibei, who suffered defeat at the hands of Japanís Yuka Ishigaki and Yuri Yamanashi in Chile, occupy second spot with 4,013 points, one place behind Chinaís Chen Meng and Zhu Yuling who have 5,600 points.
Japanís Hiroko Fujii and Misako Wakamiya, the winners in Chile, now occupy eighth place on the Womenís Doubles Standings. They have 1,838 points.
Singapore and Japan, both prominent in the Womenís Doubles Standings are also prominent in the Under 21 Menís and Under 21 Womenís Singles Standings.
Kasumi Ishikawa, who won in Chile and has not lost this year in Under 21 Womenís Singles events on the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour, heads the female list with 4,000 points; while on the Under 21 Menís Standing, Singaporeís Chen Feng, who like Kasumi Ishikawa won in Santiago, moves to sixth place.
Completes Top Eight
Misaki Morizono, Kasumi Ishikawaís colleague, who suffered a somewhat surprise quarterfinal Under 21 Women's Singles defeat at the hands of Koreaís Lee Dasom in Chile, is at no.3 with 1,275 points, ahead of the runner up Yang Haeun, who has 600 points. She completes the top eight.
Under 21 Men
Simon Gauzy of France, Iranís Noshad Alamiyan and Koreaís Jung Young Sik, occupy the top three respective places on the Under 21 Menís Standings.
In the Menís and Womenís Singles events, the top 16 players at the conclusion of the program, who have played in a minimum five events on the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour, qualify for the Grand Finals in Huangzhou.
Meanwhile, in the Menís and Womenís Doubles competitions, the top eight partnerships who have competed in at least four events as pairs qualify; in the Under 21 Menís Singles and Under 21 Womenís Singles the leading eight players who have competed in four events on two continents pass the test.
Monday April 20, 2012: Standings following GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Chile Open
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