Despite not making it beyond the preliminary round of the Hungarian Open, Aruna Quadri gained some points to move a step up in the February ITTF Ranking released yesterday by the world table tennis ruling body.
With a win in Hungary, Quadri picked up some points to move from 26 to 25 in the global rating to remain the highest ranked African player in the world.
Egypt’s Omar Assar remains the second best ranked African player after the Egyptian star gained three steps up to move to 44 from 47 in the new ranking.
Nigeria’s youngster – Olajide Omotayo continues his rise as his participation in the Hungarian Open aided his rise to 141 from 146.
Also, winner of the men’s singles title at the Hungarian Open in Budapest, China’s Lin Gaoyuan is the player to make the most significant progress amongst the leading names on the Men’s World Rankings.
He advances one position to number three and thus equals the highest listing of his career; last year he held the position in both June and August.
Once again, as in January, Gaoyuan compatriots – Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin occupy the top two respective positions; the player to make way for Lin Gaoyuan being Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto. He drops one place to no.4. Germany’s Timo Boll remains at no.5, followed as the previous month by Korea Republic’s Lee Sangsu and Hong Kong’s Wong Chun Ting; Japan’s Koki Niwa and Jun Mizutani are once again the next in the pecking order. Also from Korea’s Republic Jang Woojin and China’s Ma Long complete