Manika jumped 10 places in women’s singles to achieve a career-best 38th position while G Sathiyan is the top Indian player in men’s singles ITTF rankings at 34th.
Veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal, who won her 10th national title last week, has also moved up a place to 37th position, while youngster Shreeja Akula, who won her maiden national title in Shillong, has also gained 39 places in the latest rankings and is now ranked among the world’s biggest champions. Ki is the number 68 player.
Archana Kamat has jumped 26 places to 66th position while Rheet Tennyson has also made it to the top 100 list for the first time. He has made a big gain of 197 places and is at 97th position.
Apart from Sharath and Sathiyan, no other Indian men’s player has found a place in the top 100 in singles rankings while women’s singles has four Indians.
Indian players have benefited in the rankings as the ITTF has decided to do away with the ‘starting points’ which were implemented to prepare the rankings in 2020.
The ITTF said in a statement, “In 2020, the transition phase to adopt the new WTT competition framework was implemented. Therefore ‘starting scores’ were applied whereby a limited number of points were added to the best eight results. The starting marks were 80 percent of the total marks of the players in December 2020.
According to the statement, “Due to COVID-19 and problems in organizing competitions, the ‘starting numbers’ were implemented for a long time and were reduced at a slow pace.” By January 2020, these have been reduced to 20 per cent. ,
“The total number of competitions held in 2021 and 2022 gave players an opportunity to collect ranking points,” it added. The removal of ‘starting points’ gives players who have performed well in recent tournaments a chance to move up the rankings.
The ITTF has also extended the validity of all marks secured in senior level competitions in 2021 till at least January 2023.
In men’s doubles, Sathiyan and Harmeet Desai are ranked 28th in the world, while Sathiyan and Sharath are ranked 35th.
In women’s doubles, Manika and Archana are the world number four pair. The pair of Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee is at the 29th position.
In mixed doubles, Manika and Sathiyan are ranked sixth in the world rankings, while Manav Thakkar and Archana are ranked 22nd.