Table Tennis World Ranking May 2018

Table Tennis World Ranking May 2018


Welcome back to EmRatThich’s channel. In january, Dimitrij Ovtcharov has
gained the World Ranking number 1 for the 1st time. This takes a lot of attention
from the media. But in March 2018, Timo Boll has become the
World Number 1. And today, in May 2018, that’s Fan Zhendong
is the World number 1. And this guy, yes! This guy, is only ranked as number 9 on the
World Ranking. He has
just dominated the World Championship 3 days ago. he has served as A/Y (decided
core player) in the final of 4 WTTTC, an honor and a duty. He also made a record winning streak of 22
matches without dropping a single game. (3-0, 3-0, 3-0, 3-0, 3-0, 3-0, 3-0, 3-0, and
3-0 yes 22 times). He has won the World Number two, 3-0 in the
team Final match. But please, don’t blame Timo Boll. He has politely said that “Germany top seed,
but China the favourite”. So
not only the viewers, but also the players, are the “victim” of the new
ITTF World Ranking. But what is changed? Well! ITTF World Ranking is used to be the accurate
“World Ranking” which reflects the true player’s strength. The better player were ranked higher! But since 2018, ITTF has applied the “new
World Ranking system” which actually make a lot of confuse to fans and players
around the world. What is the New
Ranking System? The new ranking is calculated for the position
reached, but not from the opponent. So at the same tournament, if you win Ma Long,
or you win the WR #600, you got the same point! (LOL – ridiculous!)! This setup breaks the the true meaning of
ranking! Only bonus points! If you are ranked #2, and if you lost to the
#400, don’t be afraid! your rating points won’t drop! Just play and abuse more matches! And your ranking is only valid for 12 months. 🙂 Next year, you will be noone! And only the best 8 results count. So the guy won 8 matches, and lost 0, and
the guy won 8 matches, and lost 300 matches will
get the same points. (LOL!) This is the most stupid one “No loss of points”. Because the “ranking”, or the “ladder”
is to compared between players. If a higher ranked player lost to a lower
ranked player, he should lose the point. Now, don’t worry! Just play! If you don’t like, give them a free win! 😀 As you can see, there are many flaws in the
new ranking system. 1) It breaks the true meaning of ranking system
2) It removes good players from the current ranking
3) It’s not accurate! The higher ranked player is not the best player
4) It favors “abuse”: players get ranked by massing game, and free-win Now the current ITTF Ranking system is not
the “World Table Tennis Ranking” anymore. But you should consider it as: “The Most Active
players ranking in the World Tours” But why ITTF changed the ranking system? It’s the question of “money”! Steve Dainton,
the new CEO has claimed “new system will increase prize money”. “to sell the events better to our broadcasters
and to sponsors”. Yes, it’s for the money! But it’s very bad, and confused for the players,
and the viewers of the sports! 🙁 (Sad
but true!) Because there is no “true world ranking” at
the moment, I spent hours and hours to code my self 🙂 I want to find out “Who is the best table
tennis players in the world right now”. I have explained the core, the algorithm of
the code on my blog (PingSunday) And here you are! Here is the code to calculate the rating points
of the top players in the world. The data is thousands of matches of ITTF’s
tournaments. Using the ELO rating core system, with different
types of weighting factors: tournament the big one, the small one, the score, the
difference in rating points, the player can gain
or lose the point. So we have a accurate and balance system. And here are the results, the real top table
tennis players in the world – May 2018. This ranking is based on ELO system (which
is used widely in Chess, and in other sports). This reflects the true player’s strength,
that’s why it’s not the same as the current ITTF world ranking list. In statistics, the rating performance should
follow the Normal Distribution. The gaining
points and the ranking points are checked to this. While the current ITTF world ranking
fails to predict the winning percentage of a player. Will I upload the World Ranking every month? – Yes, the programme is here. All I need is the data base, all the matches
played in every month. So I’m willing to publish this World Ranking,
so you can estimate who is the real top players in
the world. But I have a bad news for you. ITTF has recently disabled the “Export function”. So now, I can not get the data any more. 🙁 Without the data from ITTF,
I can not run the code to get the real World Ranking. So what to say? Thank you ITTF, and good luck with your “Confused
Ranking system”.

20 Comments on “Table Tennis World Ranking May 2018”

  1. Thank You so much for your video. I love that you are so true to the score and you speak and say what you feel. PLEASE continue to do these video as well as your training , tips and clips. It's helping me and the thousands who watch. I'm Timothy from South Africa and I'm final the TOP seed in my club and I got my Province Colours. There is still a lot to learn and my next goal is to play for my country and hopefully in Africa Games. You are now my ONLINE coach. Thank You for everything looking forward to the next video.

  2. Thank you for supporting an accurate world ranking system, sadly ITTF is becoming very money driven like other sports, it is not a "federation" anymore now it's just a company like any other that will step on what makes sense for table tennis for the sake of income.

    Great video coach.

  3. The whole world does not need no ranking system to recognize how invincible China is. And within the CNT, no one argues the fact that Ma Long is still their best athlete. FZD is just a successor to his throne from which everyone in China so supports. It's just the same logic as LeBron James is not going to be the favorite to win MVP each year, but everybody knows how valuable he is to his team and that needs no ranking system whatsoever to validate to the point.

  4. I totally agree on the state of the ITTF ranking system, but for me your new one is not good, even if it's more accurate. For instance, jun mizutani is not as good as before, so i would have placed him much lower. However player like gauzy deserve for me higher rank. It of course is only my opinion

  5. Thnks man that was really outstanding….. I was seeking this for a long time… I will share this to all my table tennis frnds…

  6. Coach, I believe what the ITTF is doing right now is changing the ranking system similar to the ATP Tennis ranking points. It actually works in many levels. Let me explain what they are and how they work:

    1. The current ranking of the players is solely based on the on-going tournaments they participated in for the last 12 months. (For example, the ranking for this week is each player's 12 months record prior to the Madrid Open.)

    2. Players will receive points from winning the tournament all the way to just winning the first round. In this case, this week's Madrid Open is one of the 'Masters Series' which the winner gets 1,000 points, 600 to the Runners-up, then Semi-Finalists, and so on, all the way down to the second round of the 'qualifiers' who must qualify to get one of the 64 spots in the first round. Seeded players 1-8 gets a bye to the second round while 9 to 16 must play their first round opponent.

    3. However, those who did well in the 'previous' year of the tournament. In this case, it was Rafael Nadal who won in 2017, he MUST defend the title so he will not LOSE any of the 1,000 points he currently has. So even if he won, he would just kept his points and not earning ANY new points. Right now, the tournament is in the Semi-Finals stage. Nadal surprisingly 'lost' in the Quarterfinals stage. Since he failed to defend, he lost ALL 1,000 of his points from last year and gained 180 by being in the Quarterfinals. So, he lost a massive 820 points, which is quite a lot.

    4. Also there is a minimum amount of tournaments which each player must be signed up for. He could sign up at the very last minute before the first round, or due to injuries/family reasons to withdraw from any tournaments as well. Simply put, this system put an onus on those having an exceptional year to play his very best defending the points. It is much easier for a player to get hot and winning all those big tournaments to get to the top 10 or even Number 1. However, it is much 'harder' to defend the points by 'winning the entire tournament again'. This method actually gives an incentive to strive for excellence.

    To promote fairness, if the top player in the tournament loses in the first round to a lower ranked player. He still gets the same amount of points as any other players winning that same round. There shouldn't be extra points just because someone produces an upset for just one match. The goal is still winning tournaments and getting to the top rank.

    For 2017, there was the 'boycotting' of the Chinese Men's National Team because of the sacking of Head Coach Liu Guoliang. Since then, Ma Long hasn't been playing for the rest of the year, either due to injuries or he was boycotting the team to support Liu. However noble his gesture might be, because he and the rest of the Chinese Men's 'A' Team preferred to sitting many of the tournaments. Their rankings took a tumble because simply they did not defend their points by not playing. Furthermore, Ma took longer time away from the sport because he was preparing to become a father. This was why even though he is still the best in Table Tennis, he dropped all the way to 9th before playing in the first tournament. Also that was the reason why the Germans of Timo Boll and Dima Ortcharrov with their great finishes in the absence of the Chinese Team, had racking up points for each to becoming Number 1 in certain times in 2018. Moreover, the long recovery for Zhang Zike's injuries had effectively dropped him all the way down to 168th at the latest ranking.

    I know, it is not nice to see a former Number 1 player and the consistent Top 5 player for the past decade to such a lowly position. But ITTF simply couldn't just leave him out and inserted him right back to 5th whenever he wants to comeback like what they have done in the past. Simply put, it is not fair for other up and coming players working every hard, earning their points and not improving that much in the ranking due to this provision.

    It is important for true fans of Table Tennis to know that current ranking is just that. A reflection on the player's recent results, which in no way indicating the talent level and the true potential of the player's skills. Still, you need to reward players for their 'recent' achievements by getting great results.

  7. you mention that the export function is gone, which is of course quite lame. You could however write an application scrape the data from the site.

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