US Stars Continue to Push to Higher World Rankings

By Matt Hetherington | April 09, 2019, 1:39 p.m. (ET)

A round of 16 finish at the ITTF Challenge Oman Open sees USA's Kanak Jha lift his ITTF Men's World Ranking 10 places from 48 to 38. The young star is joined by fellow US Olympian Wu Yue who rose to 44 on the Women's World Rankings. Chasing closely behind is Lily Zhang at 72nd.

Nicholas Tio and Nikhil Kumar both land inside the top 250 men, while Angela Guan still holds an impressive 166th place in the women's. 

Challenges will be upon the US team at the end of this month as they contend the World Table Tennis Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Wu, Jha and Zhang all hold ranking points from their last appearances 2 years ago in Dusseldorf. The big task will be to finish stronger in 2019 in order to continue their excellent advances in the world rankings. 

It will also present an opportunity for Tio, Kumar, Amy and Crystal Wang and Victor Liu - to advance their world rankings at the premier table tennis championship event. 

In the juniors, Aziz Zarehbin saw the largest increase, moving from 410 to 238 after his performance in Chile, also moving into the top 100 in the Cadet Boys ranking. 

Amy Wang maintains her World Rank of 2 in the Junior Girls following her bronze medal in Italy in the Junior Girls singles event. She holds a 1500 point advantage over the world number 3, but trails China's Shi Xunyao by 2500 points for the number 1 position. 

Also following strong results in Italy, Rachel Sung breaks into the top 10 Cadet Girls in the world, now sitting at number 9. 

No doubt the increasing presence of US team players on the ITTF World Tour will only continue to produce stronger world rankings across the team and help firmly put the USA on the world map for table tennis. 

Congratulations to the players on their world ranking increases, and best of luck later this month in Budapest!