02 Nov 2018

Gold medallists at the recent Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, China’s Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha both climb the respective Under 18 Boys’ and Under 18 Girls’ World Rankings issued for November.

Similarly there is notable progress for the bronze medallists, Kanak Jha of the United States and Romania’s Andreea Dragoman.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

On the Under 18 Boys’ World Rankings, Wang Chuqin climbs from no.71 to no.9; formerly in second place, Kanak Jha regains top billing and replaces China’s Xu Haidong at the head of the list. He drops three places to no.4.

Sweden’s Truls Moregard and India’s Manav Vikash Thakkar each advance one position and are next in line to Kanak Jha.

Somewhat similarly on the Under 18 Girls’ World Rankings, Sun Yingsha advances from no.21 to no.3, Andreea Dragoman from no.19 to no.9. Notably, there is also major progress for three further players present in Buenos Aires. Azerbaijan’s Ning Jing moves from no.31 to no.11, Brazil’s Bruna Takahashi from no.33 to no.14 and Russia’s Mariia Tailakova from no.52 to no. 18. Meanwhile from China, Shi Xunyao and Qian Tianyi continue to occupy the top two places.

Also on the Under 15 Boys’ and Under 15 Girls’ Rankings, there is progress for the players who emerged successful at the recently concluded ITTF World Cadet Challenge in Tottori, Japan. Winner of the Boys’ Singles event Zeng Beixun moves from no.8 to no.2, being one place behind Xiang Peng. He retains top spot, one ahead of Kuang Li who drops one position.

The top three places for China, there is also progress for Japanese players present in Tottori. Hiroto Shinozuka climbs from no.22 to no.5, Kazuki Hamado from no.34 to no.17 and Sora Matsushima from no.57 to no.19. Likewise, there is an advance for Chinese Taipei’s Wang Guan-Ru; formerly at no.24, he now appears at no.11.

Second position for Zeng Beixun; on the Under 15 Girls’ World Rankings, it is first place for Kuai Man, she climbs two rungs up the ladder and replaces colleague Chen Yi at the top of the order. Chen Yi falls one place as does Romania’s Elena Zaharia, now in third position. Notably, present in Tottori, Japan’s Kaho Akae and Yukari Sugasawa make significant progress. Kahao Akae moves from no.19 to no.7; Yukari Sugasawa from no.44 to no.10.

Changes, not to the same extent on the Under 21 Men’s World Rankings, the top names are the same as in September; Japan’s Yuto Kizukuri continues in top spot followed by Frenchman Joe Seyfried and Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic. The player to make the most progress amongst the top names is Korea Republic’s Cho Seungmin, winner at the current Seamaster 2018 ITTF World Swedish Open, he moves from no.20 to no.11.

The status quo, on the Under 21 Women’s World Rankings it is the same scenario with China continuing to dominate; Chen Ke, Wang Yidi and Zhang Rui continue to reserve the top three positions.

Latest World Rankings: Thursday 1st November 2018

World Ranking Sun Yingsha Wang Chuqin