The ITTF December World Rankings were full of positives for TTTeamUSA, with US Olympians Lily Zhang and Wu Yue advancing to their highest career Women's World Rankings. On the back of their success at the Women's World Cup, the two also both competed at the World Team Cup in Tokyo where the US Women's Team reached the quarterfinal and then on to the ITTF World Tour Austrian Open where Zhang made the last 64, and Wu went one step further to the Last 32 players.
The continuation of excellent performances sees Zhang rise to a career high WR 26th, at the late stages of what has been an exceptional year for the 2-time Olympian. She is currently nominated for two ITTF Star Awards and made history at the World Cup by finishing in 4th place.
Wu moves into 33rd position, marking over 12 months in the world's top 50 consistently, and moving towards higher goals. The new ranking also her career high to date and a reflection of her continued dedication to training and competing at the highest levels of the sport.
The two combine to rank 14th in the world for Women's Doubles pairings and USA are 10th on the Women's Team Ranking.
Kanak Jha holds steady in the Men's World Ranking at 26th, repeating his World Cup performance to reach the round of 16, and narrowly missing out on a quarterfinal berth in a 7 game loss to Calderano from Brazil.
In the Youth Categories there were some significant movements.
- Nikhil Kumar rises to 13th on the Junior Boy's Ranking list
- Victor Liu moves from 104th to 70th for Junior Boys
- Rachel Sung moves up 26 places on the U15 girls list to 43rd and to 29th on the Junior Girls list
- Crystal Wang is up from 69th to 40th for U18 girls
- Joanna Sung moves up on the U15 girls list to 69th from 87th
- Ted Li breaks into top 50 for U15 boys list
- Amy Wang still holds in the top 5 at number 3 for Junior Girls
Congratulations to all our players on their continued hard work and dedication as they chase new personal goals!