World Team Cup Successes Launch Team USA Higher

By Matt Hetherington | Feb. 27, 2018, 10:09 a.m. (ET)

Kanak Jha was one of the standout stories of the 2018 ITTF World Team Cup after a stunning 3-0 win over Hong Kong's Wong Chun Ting. While the gravity of the win won't help lift his world ranking, he did score some points for picking up a victory at the event. Jha moves up into 73rd position on the ITTF Men's World Rankings, another personal best and a step closer to the prestigious top 50. 

Lily Zhang picks up a couple of positions, moving into 56th, her only win in London came from the doubles. Wu Yue's win against Egypt brings her up to 113th, while Amy Wang moved up over 150 places to 469. Wang has plenty of ground to make up and usually lands most of her points in Junior and Cadet events rather than Senior. 

The top 24 teams on world ranking qualify for the first division in Halmstad, Sweden at the 2018 World Team Championships which draws ever closer. The results in London push USA's Women's team from 25th position into 23rd and thus they qualify for the top division. The achievement has landed them in Group B where they will face off against Japan, Austria, Hungary, Ukraine, and setup a rematch with Egypt.

With the World Team Championships on the distant horizon it will be interesting to see how the USA performs, once again on the world's best stage and among the best table tennis players on the globe. The next big event for US players is the US National Ranking Tournament where the top players in the country can put their best foot forward for consideration to be selected for Halmstad, so keep your eyes on Ohio, March 2-4 for that action along with the Arnold Challenge!