China's Fan, Sun lead ITTF world rankings

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Fan Zhendong of China hits a return during the men's singles final match between Fan Zhendong of China and Truls Moregard of Sweden at 2021 World Table Tennis Championships Finals in Houston, the United States on Nov. 29, 2021. (Photo by Nick Wagner/Xinhua)

Chinese paddlers Fan Zhendong and Sun Yingsha maintained their leading positions as the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) released its Week 30 world rankings on Tuesday, and Japan's Tomokazu Harimoto climbed to world No. 4 following his comeback victory in the World Table Tennis (WTT) Champions final.

Despite being deducted 1,400 points for not competing at the WTT Champions, Fan has a solid advantage in the men's singles world rankings with 5,500 points, followed by his compatriots Ma Long (3,700) and Liang Jingkun (3,085).

Harimoto recorded an epic comeback victory in full games over China's Lin Gaoyuan in the WTT Champions final. He is now close to his previous career-best ranking of No. 3, with a gap of 65 points separating Liang and him.

Patrick Franziska of Germany hit a career-high No. 11 after making it to the WTT Champions final four. Despite his heart-broken defeat to Harimoto, Lin managed to climb eight places to No. 12.

Sun led Chinese paddlers to take up the women's singles top four positions, with Chen Meng, Wang Manyu and Wang Yidi following her.

Japan's Miyuu Kihara, who reached the quarterfinals at the WTT Champions, moved up two places to a career-high No. 13. 

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