Pictured: Miu Hirano speaking with her coach at the 2015 Polish Open – photo provided courtesy of the ITTF
Japanese teenager Miu Hirano (16) has seen a major rankings boost following the capture of her first ITTF Singles title at the Polish Open. Hirano has risen 8 places to 11th and is not far behind her fellow compatriot Mima Ito on points who remains 10th.
Elsewhere outside the top ten, Jeon Jihee (KOR), Wu Yang (CHN) and Petrissa Solja (GER) have all fallen down the leaderboard, while Miyu Kato of Japan made a huge leap from 62nd to 32nd after she reached the last eight of the Polish Open in the seniors category and won the U21s gold.
Very little has changed in the top ten itself, as Feng Tianwei (SIN) swapped places with Ai Fukuhara (JPN) to move to 6th.
Timo Boll back in men’s top ten – photo kindly provided by Holger Straede (foto.straede.de)
The men’s world rankings for May sees German legend Timo Boll move back into the top ten. Boll spent April ranked 11th in the world, but after a successful European Olympic Qualifying campaign the German made a return to 10th and booked his place at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Jun Mizutani retakes 6th position from Chuang Chih-Yuan (TPE) after the Japanese player won the Men’s Singles title at the Polish Open, and Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong moves ahead of Vladimir Samsonov into 8th. The top four places continue to be filled by China’s Ma Long, Fan Zhendong, Xu Xin and Zhang Jike.
Maharu Yoshimura (JPN) has advanced 6 spots to 15th, Bastian Steger (GER) is up to 24th from 35th and Frenchman Emmanuel Lebesson jumps 17 spaces to 36th.