World Rankings: New Career Highs for Severinova and Genin

Zuzana Severinova

Zuzana Severinova has climbed one spot to a career-high World No.5 in the latest FIR World Rankings.

The Girls Juniors World No.1 makes the move after reaching the final of last month’s Czech Open.

In the Men’s FIR World Rankings, Arnaud Genin continues his climb into the top-10 as he advances two spots to World No. 8.

Severinova leads Women’s Top-10 Movement

With points from the Czech Open landing, there was plenty of movement in the top-10 of the Women’s Rankings.

Severinova leapfrogged Kirsten Kaptein to move up to No.5 after falling to the World No.1 Christine Seehofer in the final.

Third-placed Anna-Klara Ahlmer overtook Lieselot De Bleeckere to No.7 as she looks to return to the World’s top-five.

With points from the 2017 Czech Open coming off the rankings, Natalie Paul fell two spots from No.2 to No.4. That fall saw Bettina Bugl and Nicole Eisler rise to No.2 and No.3 respectively.

Christine Seehofer remains comfortably at the top of the Women’s Rankings (Image: Czech Racketlon Association)

Outside of the top-10 there was a two-spot rise for Emmie Danielsson after her breakout tournament in Prague. She now sits at World No.16.

There was a big leap for Katrin Maldre after she won the Women’s A at the Massachusetts Racket Masters.  The highest ranked American player rose ten places to World No.22 after taking the title in Northampton.

Elsewhere, Canada’s Line Bellerose moved up 35 places to No.49 and Matilda Parslow cracked the top-50 for the first time, moving up 13 spots to No.50.

Genin the sole mover in Men’s Top-10

It was a quiet month in the Men’s rankings with Arnaud Genin the sole player moving up in the rankings.

The Frenchman advanced past Duncan Stahl and Rav Rykowski to hit a new career high World No.8.

Morten Jaksland slightly closed the gap on World No.1 Lukas Windischberger as he won the Czech Open but remains over 1,500 points behind.

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Arnaud Genin hits yet another new career-high (Image: Inge Omey)

Nikola Mikac rises two places to World No.13 as Christian Wiessner reaches No.20 to make his top-20 debut for the first time.

The big moves in the Men’s rankings came lower down. After winning three of his four matches in Prague, Oliver Buhler rises 16 places to No.26. There’s also a jump for Bengt Sonnert who becomes the new Swedish No.1 as he overtakes Rene Lindberg to No.34.

The biggest mover in the top 100 is youngster Joel Pennanen who cracks the top-100 to reach No.93.

Genin and Seehofer Lead 2019 FIR World Tour Race

Arnaud Genin may still lead the Men’s 2019 FIR World Tour Race but has seen his lead cut by the chasing pack. Morten Jaksland and Rav Rykowski, who contested the Czech Open final, both closed in on the Frenchman as they look to move ahead.

The men’s top-10 is dominated by Austria and Denmark at this stage with both nations boasting three players each.

Morten Jaksland Czech Open
Morten Jaksland remains unbeaten through two tournaments in 2019 (Image: Czech Racketlon Association)

In the Women’s 2019 FIR World Tour Race Christine Seehofer extended her lead at the top with Zuzana Severinova’s runner-up spot moving her up into second place.

As with the men’s rankings, Austria boasts three players in the top-10, with Bettina Bugl at No.3 and Irina Olsacher at No.8. Anna-Klara Ahlmer’s third-place moves her into No.4 in the race.

The full FIR World Rankings are available here.

The full FIR World Tour Race is available here.

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Sam Barker / FIR Media Officer

Image Credit / Czech Racketlon Association

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