03 Aug 2018

Winner in Santo Domingo at the 2018 Pan American Junior Championships in mid-July, Kanak Jha is the new name at the top of the Under 18 Boys’ World Rankings for August.

Likewise, there is a new face at the head of the counterpart Under 18 Girls’ World Rankings; China’s Shi Xunyao, who the week prior to Kanak Jha’s success, won on home soil in Taicang at the ITTF World Junior Circuit tournament, heads the order of merit.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Kanak Jha replaces China’s Xu Haidong who now appears in the no.3 spot, one place behind Sweden’s Truls Moregard, the runner at the European Youth Championships when beaten by Ioannis Sgouropoulos of Greece.

Truls Moregard climbs seven places, conversely for Ioannis Sgouropoulos, despite his success, he falls two places to no.6; Romania’s Rares Sipos and India’s Manav Vikash Thakkar occupy fourth and fifth positions, each dropping two positions. Names to note but in particular note the name of Japan’s Kakeru Sone, he climbs from no.46 to no.14.

Progress for Kanak Jha, for Shi Xunyao, the progress is less pronounced; she advances one place to the top of the order, changing positions with colleague Qian Tianyi. Serbia’s Sabina Surjan remains at no.3 with Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz making the meteoric rise from no.36 to no.4. Furthermore, there is notable progress for Amy Wang of the United States, narrowly beaten in the Girls’ Singles final in Santo Domingo by Adriana Diaz. She moves from no.20 to no.8.

Likewise, on the Under 15 Girls’ World Rankings, there is a change at the top of the list. Romania’s Elena Zaharia and China’s Chen Yi each climb one place to occupy the respective top two positions; formerly in first place, Russia’s Elizabet Abraamian now appears one ahead of Sweden’s Rebecca Muskantor, previously at no.14. Major progress for Rebecca Muskantor; it is the same for Croatia’s Hana Arapovic, she advances from no.20 to no.9.

Changes but not on the Under 15 Boys’ World Rankings where the top names remain the same; as in July China’s Xiang Peng heads the order with colleague Kuang Li, Panama’s Jacobo Vahnish and Poland’s Maciej Kubik, once again the next in line. The most notable progress is that made by Germany’s Mike Hollo, he moves from no.25 to no.7.

Similarly, at the very top of the Under 21 Men’s and Under 21 Women’s World Rankings, the names remain the same but immediately below there are changes.

Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju continues to head the former followed by Japan’s Misuki Oikawa who climbs no less than eight places; the progress means it is a drop of one place to no.3 for Frenchman Joe Seyfried, the same for Yuto Kizukuri, also from Japan who now completes the top four names. The player to make the most significant progress is Korea Republic’s Cho Daeseong; he moves from no.25 to no.15.

In a likewise vein, China’s Chen Ke continues to head the Under 21 Women’s World Rankings.

Immediately below in Hong Kong’s Minnie Soo Wai Yam and Japan’s Miyu Nagasaki who each climb one place. The player to fall is Saki Shibata, like Miyu Nagasaki from Japan; she drops from no.2 to no.4; conversely Belgium’s Lisa Lung makes major strides, she advances from no.30 to no.13.

Friday 3rd August: Latest World Rankings

World Ranking Kanak Jha Shi Xunyao