Further Breakthroughs for Top US Players in September World Rankings

By Matt Hetherington | Sept. 01, 2019, 9:01 a.m. (ET)

Onwards and upwards for the United States as the September ITTF World Rankings are published, with some significant movements. 

Amy Wang has stepped up to the top as she moves up to the number 1 position on the ITTF Junior Girls world ranking. Wang becomes the second US player in the past year to become Junior World Number 1, alongside Youth Olympic Games teammate Kanak Jha who ended his junior career at the top.

Jha, who is now focused on building his world ranking in the Men's, has made an impressive jump to 22nd on this month's list, placing him among the world's elite after his singles bronze and team gold at the recent Pan American Games in Lima. This makes him one of the highest ranked US men's players of all time. The 4-time back to back US National Champion has recently started his season campaign in the first division of the German league and will, next week, fly to Paraguay to defend his Pan Am Championship title.

Wu Yue sits at 33rd on the Women's World Ranking, while Lily Zhang moves up to 55th position. Zhang will be looking to finally make that break into the Top 50, a position which has eluded her - reaching a career high of 51st on two separate occasions. 

Nikhil Kumar has established a Junior Boy's world ranking of 17th, while also moving into the top 200 - to 175th, in the Men's ranking. After Kumar's standout wins in the team event at the Pan Am Games, a well deserved move up the rankings. 

You can check all of the US player rankings across each category in this document here.