03 Dec 2018

Present at the current World Junior Championships in Bendigo, Australia; Kanak Jha of the United States and China’s Shi Xunyao retain their top places on the respective Under 18 Boys’ and Under 18 Girls’ World Rankings issued for December.

Kanak Jha remains ahead of Sweden’s Truls Moregard with China’s Xu Haidong climbing one place to occupy third spot; somewhat similarly, colleagues Qian Tianyi with Sung Yingsha remain next in line to Shi Xunyao.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The notable change on the Under 18 Boys’ World Ranking is that of India’s Manav Vikash Thakkar, he drops from no.3 to no.9; somewhat differently on the Under 18 Girls’ list, Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz, like Kanak Jha successful at the recent Pan American Championships, retains her no.4 spot.

Likewise, on the Under 21 Men’s World Rankings, Japan’s Yuto Kizukuri remains in top spot, next in line is Slovenia’s Darko Jorgic followed by Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yun-Ju. It is a climb of one place for Darko Jorgic, two for Lin Yun-Ju.

However, the major progress is that made by Denmark’s Anders Lind, he moves from no.10 to no.4; the player to suffer is Frenchman, Joe Seyfried, he drops from no.2 to no.16.

Top spot retained, it is the same on the Under 21 Women’s World Rankings, China’s Chen Ke heads the list with Japan’s Saki Shibata, formerly at no.6 and Hong Kong’s Minnie Soo Wai Yam, who last month occupied the no.4 spot, sharing second place. Similarly, it is also progress for Miyu Nagasaki; she is next on the list having previously occupied the no.5 spot.

Notably Korea Republic’s Choi Hyojoo climbs from no.31 to no.9, in the opposite direction China’s Wang Yidi and Zhang Rui both drop down the list. Wang Yidi falls from no.2 to no.7, Zhang Rui from no.3 to no.16.

Changes on both the Under 15 Boys’ World Rankings and Under 15 Girls’ World Rankings, there is no change at the top of the order. On the former, the Chinese trio of Xiang Peng, Zeng Beixun and Kuang Li continue in the top three places; on the latter, also from China, Kuai Man and Chen Yi remain at the head of the list followed by Romania’s Elena Zaharia.

Sunday 2nd December: Complete World Rankings

World Ranking Kanak Jha Shi Xunyao