Named "Miss Number Two" by her supporters, as a result of being the runner up at the World Championships in both 2007 and 2011; China's LI Xiaoxia, who won gold in both the Women's Singles and Women's Team events at the London Olympic Games, still cannot dispel the tag.
She is listed at no.2 on the Women's World Rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation, following the conclusion of proceedings in England's capital city on Wednesday 8th August 2012.
Compatriot, DING Ning, the player she beat in the final, retains her no.1 spot.
However, it is progress for LI Xiaoxia. She changes places with colleague LIU Shiwen, who did not compete in London. LIU Shiwen is now at no.3.
Progress for the London gold medallist and there is progress for others in the Women's World Rankings, who gained podium finishes.
Singapore's FENG Tianwei, who secured bronze in both the Women's Singles and Women's Team competitions, climbs one place to no.7; whilst Japan's Kasumi ISHIKAWA and Ai FUKUHARA, who guided Japan to Women's Team silver, both advance on place. Kasumi ISHIKAWA is now at no.5, Ai FUKUHARA at no.6.
Similarly, there is progress for both WANG Yuegu and LI Jiawei, who completed the Singapore Women's Team in London; WANG Yuegu climbs from no.11 to no.10, LI Jiawei from no.15 to no.13.
However, for Sayaka HIRANO who was the third member of the Japanese silver medal winning team it is a fall of five places; only competing in the team event in London, she falls from no.18 to no.23.
Also, it is a downward trend for Korea's KIM Kyungah; the third seed in the Women's Singles event in London, she suffered defeats in both the Women's Singles and Women's Team events against FENG Tianwei. She falls from no.5 to no.8.
photos Janos Schmidt