Ma Long & Liu Shiwen end 2015 as the year’s greatest Super Stars of Table Tennis. They were world’s top ranked table tennis players in 2015, which saw them both being crowned the 2015 ITTF Table Tennis Stars in December.
2015 was the year of his career as Ma Long won the Qoros World Championships, Liebherr Men’s World Cup and GAC Group 2015 World Tour Grand Finals, elevating him as the best table tennis player on the planet. It also marked the sixth anniversary of his first World number one (in 2010) and December stayed as the 41st month that he went onto the top position.
Speaking about his achievement, MA Long said: “I am very happy to end 2015 as the World number one again! I am looking forward to showing even better performances in the 2016 Olympic year.” FAN Zhendong and XU Xin finished at number 2 and 3, followed by Dimitrij Ovtcharov. Olympics champion ZHANG Jike is at number 5 just ahead of Japan’s Jun Mizutani.
In the Women’s category, Liu Shiwen had a disappointing loss in the Qoros 2015 World Championships final to Ding Ning and to finish the year as the world’s number one women’s table tennis player seemed an impossible task. On her way towards the top for the third time in her career, she won a record equaling fourth Women’s World Cup. Ding Ning, Zhu Yuling,Ai Fukuhara, Chen Meng, Li Xiaoxia & Kasumi Ishikawa stayed at number 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.
14-year-old Mima Ito finished the yearas the 2015 ITTF Breakthrough Star as the 12th best table tennis player on earth.
After a short break for the festive season, the world’s best players get back into action at the 2016 ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open, which begins on 20 January 2016 in Budapest, Hungary.