February 11, 2018

Matilda Alexandersson has cracked the top hundred in the latest ITTF World Ranking list. (Photo: ITTF World)

The February edition of the ITTF World Rankings have been released and Oceania athletes continue to improve.

Australia’s Jian Fang Lay remains the regions topped ranked athlete, sitting at no.67 in the women’s list. The veteran has dropped back just one place, but with the ITTF World Team Cup around the corner, Lay could look to be picking up some extra points in the near future. Melissa Tapper and Solenn Danger meanwhile have both moved to career high rankings, coming in a no.189 and no.243 respectively in the women’s list. This comes off the back of both making a strong showing at the 2017 ITTF-Oceania Cup, with Tapper taking silver and Danger bagging bronze at the event in Suva.

Meanwhile, David Powell has moved to a career high ranking of no.117 in the men’s list and remains Oceania’s top male athlete. His Australian teammate Kane Townsend has moved back one spot to no.185 and Vanuatu’s Yoshua Shing jumping seven places to no.258.

While the U15 category remains unchanged amongst Oceania athletes, in the junior category the Aussie duo of Matilda Alexandersson and Benjamin Gould have both cracked the top hundred in the U18 Girls’ and Boys’ rankings.

Check out the full ranking lists here.