04 Jun 2019

Successful earlier in the year in Bahrain and in France, Russia’s Lev Katsman climbs one place to be the new name at the top of junior boys’ world rankings issued for June.

Consistent progress, the 18 year old started the year at no.20, before ascending to no.8 in March and the second spot in May.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Impressive throughout the year, Lev Katsman is named ahead of Singapore’s Pang Yew En Ko Koen, formerly at no.5 and Poland’s Samuel Kulczycki. who on the May list stood at no.4. The player to make way is China’s Xiang Peng, he drops from no.1 to no.5; the player to progress is colleague Liu Yebo, the runner up in May at the SET 2019 Thailand Junior and Cadet Open, he climbs from no.22 to no.4.

A new name at the head of the order, on the counterpart junior girls’ world rankings, there is no change; China’s Shi Xunyao continues in first place once again ahead of Amy Wang of the United States. Romania’s Tania Plaian moves from no.9 to no.3, replacing Prithika Pavade of France who drops from no.3 to no.5.

Shi Xunyao continues to head the junior girls’ world rankings (Photo: Rémy Gros)


Similarly, on the under 21 men’s world rankings, as on the under 21 women’s listings, there is no change to the top spot. On the former, Austria’s Andreas Levenko retains first position ahead of India’s Manav Vikash Thakkar and Russia’s Vladimir Sidorenko. Formerly, Manav Vikash Thakkar stood in the no.3 spot, Vladimir Sidorenko at no.6. The player to leave the very elite is Chinese Taipei’s Lai Chi-Chien, he drops from no.2 to no.9; the player to significantly climb the order is Japan’s Shunsuke Togami, he advances from no.11 to no.8.

Meanwhile, in the under 21 women’s order of merit, Japan’s Miyu Nagasaki and Satsuki Odo, retain the respective top two places, colleague Maki Shiomi drops one place to no.4, making way Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz, the winner earlier in the year in Spain. She climbs from no.10 to no.3.

Major progress for Adriana Diaz (Photo: Alvaro Diaz)


The status quo, on the cadet girls’ world rankings, there is also no change. China’s Kuai Man remains ahead of colleague Chen Yi and Romania’s Elena Zaharia; however, on the cadet boys’ world rankings there is a change. China’s Chen Yuanyu climbs one rung up the ladder to replace Japan’s Sora Matsushima who drops one position.

Notably, Belgium’s Louis Laffineur, who beat Chen Yuanyu in the cadet boys’ singles final in Thailand, climbs from no.6 to no.3, replacing the Czech Republic’s Simon Belik who now occupies the no.4 spot.

Louis Laffineur now at no.3 on the cadet boys’ world rankings (Photo: Mike Loveder)


June 2019: World Ranking Lists

World Ranking Lev Katsman