Zhang Spearheads US World Ranking Movements for November

By Matt Hetherington | Nov. 04, 2019, 3:07 p.m. (ET)

The ITTF November World Rankings have been released and there are more positive movements for the United States. Three US players now sit within the top 40 players in the world, with Wu Yue and Lily Zhang in the Women's and Kanak Jha in the Men's.

Lily Zhang was the big mover, following her exceptional results at the 2019 Uncle Pop ITTF Women's World Cup, pushing from 48th to 33rd position. The US star upset world number 9 Miu Hirano on her way to a 4th place finish, a record shattering performance by any player representing the USA at a World Cup.

ITTF, in their article, credited Zhang with 'changing the face of the Women's World Cup'.

The move brings Zhang to her highest ever world ranking, a testament to her commitment to going full-time professional and relocating to Dusseldorf, Germany, where she is now competing in the bundesliga and a more regular face on the ITTF World Tour. 

Wu Yue stays in the top 40 at 37th, backed by an impressive round of 16 finish at the Women's World Cup with two stellar wins over Elizabeta Samara and Mo Zhang. 

Kanak Jha holds strong at 26th on the ITTF Men's Ranking for November, with Nikhil Kumar at 179th and Kai Zhang just outside the top 200.

While Amy Wang comes in at 171 on the Women's Ranking, while moving down one position to 2nd on the World Junior Girl's ranking. 

Following the ITTF World Cadet Challenge in Wladyslowowo, Poland, there were some moves in the Under 15 World Ranking.

Ted Li's main draw ticket and finish position in the top 12 earned him an increase to 51st on the cadet ranking, while on the girls side Angie Tan made a big jump from 89 to 42 and Joanna Sung moved into the top 100 at 87th.

We congratulate all our active US players competing internationally and wish them the best for their upcoming tournaments!