by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Frenchman Bastian Rembert, the winner on home soil in February, remains at the top of the list (2,880 points), ahead of Russia’s Artur Abusev (2,560 points), Argentina’s Francisco Sanchi (2,275 points) and Romania’s Cristian Pletea (1,866 points).
Notably earlier in the year Artur Abusev won in Spain and Poland; Cristian Pletea emerged successful in Tunisia. The top step of the podium still awaits Francisco Sanchi but he has come mighty close; he was the runner up in both Paraguay and on home turf in Buenos Aires.
Meanwhile on the Girls’ Standings, Yashini Sivasankar and Prpati Sen, the finalists in Amman and both from India, enter the listings. Yashini Sivasankar, the winner, is named at no.22 (1,000 points), Prapti Sen, the runner up, at no.39 (700 points).
Japan’s Maki Shiomi (4,000 points) and Yuka Minagawa (2,300 points) continue to head the order of merit. Maki Shiomi has enjoyed unprecedented success winning in the Czech Republic, Sweden and Spain; for Yuka Minagawa and the next two names in the pecking order it is one win apiece.
Yuka Minagawa emerged successful in Poland, whilst Romania’s Adina Diaconu (2,230 points) struck gold in Tunisia, Lisa Lung (1,886 points) won in her native Belgium.
A total of 16 boys and 16 girls qualify for the 2017 ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals in Luxembourg next February, a top 12 finish is the realistic goal to gain an invitation.
In each of the Boys’ Singles and Girls’ Singles events, no association may be represented by more than two players, the host association is allotted one place.
Each continent is eligible for at least one representative (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America and Oceania). Also, to gain an invitation to the Finals, a player must have competed in two continents.
2017 ITTF World Junior Circuit: Boys’ Standings (Saturday 5th August)
2017 ITTF World Junior Circuit: Girls’ Standings (Saturday 5th August)