Anna-Klara Ahlmer, Dan Busby and Florian Harca are all now the new World No.1s in a number of categories in the latest Racketlon World Rankings.
Anna-Klara Ahlmer ended Christine Seehofer’s two-year reign at the top of the Women’s Doubles World Rankings. Ahlmer becomes a World No.1 for the first time in her career.
Dan Busby returns to the top of the Mixed Doubles World Rankings while Florian Harca moves to the top of the Boys Singles and Doubles World Rankings.
Women’s Doubles – Ahlmer’s Three 2021 Titles Takes Her to the Top
It’s been a long time coming. Anna-Klara Ahlmer is one of the most active and recognisable faces on the FIR World Tour and her years of hard work have finally paid off. Women’s Doubles titles at the IWT Swiss Open, SWT GRAWE sidebyside 15. Austrian Open and the Romanian Open Challenger have catapulted her above Christine Seehofer to World No.1 for the first time.
Ahlmer has been World No.2 on a number of occasions but finally moves to World No.1, leading the new No.2 Zuzana Severinová by 544 points. Seehofer moves down to No.3 after Ahlmer and Severinová teamed up to win a title in Graz, moving them both up to the top of the rankings.
There are very few other movements in the top-20 of the rankings. Irina Olsacher is the only other player to have risen. After a runner-up finish at the Austrian Open, Olsacher moves to No.11. The Austrian has leapt ahead of Esther Dübendorfer, Amke Fischer and Viktorija Ratacova and is on the cusp of reaching the top-10 for the first time.
The other big winner in this category is Myriam Enmer. A winners medal alongside Ahlmer in Romania, coupled with a runner-up medal alongside Olsacher in Austria has catapulted her up to No.24, a rise of 37 spots.
The full Women’s Doubles Rankings are available here.
Mixed Doubles – Busby Returns to the Top After Austria
While he lost alongside Anna-Klara Ahlmer on a gummiarm in the final, his runner-up medal at the SWT GRAWE sidebyside 15. Austrian Open was enough to move Dan Busby back to the top of the Mixed Doubles world rankings.
Busby has spent time there before and is the current World Champion. He now moves back ahead of Morten Jaksland by just 125 points thanks to his progress in Graz. It’s very tight at the top of the rankings anyway, with five players separated by less than 1,000 rankings points.
After her title at the Romanian Open Challenger, Ahlmer edges ahead of Severinová to World No.4. While Jaksland falls down to No.2, Christine Seehofer sits at No.3.
There was no other movement inside the top-10, although Nicolas Lenggenhager rose three spots to No.12 and his new partner, Myriam Enmer took a big jump up to No.21. Olsacher also moves inside the top-20 for the first time, landing at No.19.
After various podium finishes across September’s two tournaments, there were moves of at least 10 places for Richard Hobzik, Katrin Maldre, Graham King, Dara Ladner, Virág Sákovics and Beat Ladner.
The full Mixed Doubles Rankings are available here.
Men’s Singles Rankings – Schöpf Reaches New Career High
With 1,500 rankings points on offer, a Super World Tour elite singles title will also see you enjoy a healthy rankings boost. That is exactly what has happened to Emanuel Schöpf as the Austrian has moved up to a career-high No.4 in the rankings. Kresten Hougaard, Benjamin Graenicher and Rav Rykowski have all slipped own a place as a result of Schöpf’s rise, while Luka Penttinen remains at No.8.
The move for Schöpf guarantees he will be the No.3 seed at the upcoming World Singles Championship, while Hougaard will be No.4. Penttinen will be No.5 while Duncan Stahl’s move above Sylvain Ternon ensures he will be No.6. Nicolas Lenggenhager is a big winner from the latest rankings. His seven place rise to No.13 ensures that he will be the No.8 seed, pipping Oliver Bühler by just 30 rankings points.
Bühler’s last-minute entry to the tournament coupled with Lenggenhager’s rise means that Leon Griffiths, along with Jesper Ratzer, Kasper Jønsson and Magnus Eliasson, will be unseeded.
Romanian Open Challenger champion Florian Harca also reaches a new career-high. The young Austrian moves up 33 spots to land at No.29. Mohammed Tarik Koubaa, the runner-up in Bucharest, continues his rise back towards the top-20, as the new No.21.
Patrick Oettl and Matthew Davidson both make their top-50 debuts, at No.44 and No.45 respectively. Both Michael Moitzi and Yannic Andrey enjoyed the positive movement of over 40 spots thanks to their showing in Austria. Moitzi is the new No.45 with Andrey in at No.71. Ahmad Jafari is now just two ranking spots away from being the first Afghan male in the top-100 of the racketlon world rankings. He’s currently ranked at No.102 after a 55 spot rise.
The full Men’s Singles Rankings are available here.
Women’s Singles Rankings – Ahlmer Closes Gap on Seehofer as Enmer Enjoys Big Rise
With Christine Seehofer still battling a shoulder injury, Anna-Klara Ahlmer and Zuzana Severinová have both closed the gap on the long-term World No.1.
Ahlmer won the Romanian Open Challenger while Severinová triumphed in Austria, ensuring both now move above 10,000 ranking points. Ahlmer is the new No.2, with Severinova actually falling one spot to No.3. That guarantees that Ahlmer will be the top seed at the upcoming World Singles Championships, with Severinová No.2.
The rest of the top-10 remain unchanged, while there is some eye-catching movement lower down. Irina Olsacher is at a career-high No.14. The young Austrian is now less than 1,000 ranking spots from a place in the top-10.
Another player chasing a spot in the top-10 is Myriam Enmer. The breakthrough star has flown up the rankings and is already at No.18 after just four tournaments. That will only increase as she picks up more ranking points from this month’s IWT Rotterdam Open and World Singles Championship.
Further down the rankings, there were big moves made by Clarissa Steiner and Gaëlle Wavre. Both enjoyed a healthy bump, with Steiner now at No.66 while Wavre is at No.69.
The full Women’s Singles rankings are available here.
Boys Singles & Doubles Rankings – Harca the King of the Juniors
It’s pretty safe to say that it was a good month for Florian Harca. His first elite singles title at the Romanian Open Challenger saw him cruise back to the top of the Boys Singles rankings, moving ahead of Luke Griffiths. That’s not all though. His doubles alongside Marcel Weigl also saw him move to No.1 in the Boys Doubles rankings, moving ahead of both Griffiths and David Eršil. This is a huge triumph for Harca who is quickly emerging as one of the future stars of racketlon.
After a thrilling Juniors U21 Singles final in Austria against Harca, Matthew Davidson also rises to No.3 in the singles rankings. He overtakes Eršil and will be seeking revenge in the Juniors U21 title at the upcoming World Singles Championship. That now makes three British players in the top-5, with Ross Wilson at No.5.
Yannic Andrey is the new No.6, with the current U18 World Singles Champion moving up four spots. Bastian Böhm guarantees a German player is in the top-10, landing at No.9 in the rankings.
Check out all of the ranking categories here.
Sam Barker / FIR Media Officer
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