Results from the IWT Latvian Open and IWT London Open have seen a number of players – including Koen Hageraats and Alexandra Ogram – reach new career highs inside the Top 20.
After winning the IWT London Open, Hageraats moves up to World No.11 and is now on the cusp of breaking the top 10 for the first time in his career.
Florian Harca also rose into the top 20 following his semi-final run in London. Harca improves five spots and is at No.18. Luke Griffiths’ result in Latvia sees him rise up to a career No.16.
Alexandra Ogram is the big winner in the Women’s Singles rankings. The Girls Singles No.1 moves up 12 spots to No.19 after finishing 4th and 3rd in this month’s two events. There’s also a career-high for Matilda Parslow as she makes it to No.14.
Men’s Singles – Hageraats Closes on Top 10
It’s been a good month for Koen Hageraats. The Dutchman won the IWT London Open – his second career title – and that has catapulted him up to No.11 in the Men’s Singles World Rankings. With Top-10 players Dan Busby and Arnaud Génin both retired, Hageraats is effectively the World No.9.
The other champion last month was Leon Griffiths at the IWT Latvian Open. He now moves within 1,000 points of World No.1 Morten Jaksland. The Dane has a chance to re-extend that lead if he can produce a good result at this weekend’s IWT German Open.
In the top 10, Duncan Stahl and Oliver Bühler were the only upwards risers. Stahl finished third in London while Bühler was the runner-up in Latvia. Both crept up one spot with Arnaud Génin sliding down to No.10.
Elsewhere in the Top 20, there was a positive movement for René Lindberg, Luke Griffiths and Florian Harca. Lindberg is up to No.13 while Griffiths and Harca reach new career highs at No.16 and No.18 respectively. Topping off a trio of talented juniors, Matthew Davidson gets to No.21, rising seven spots for a new career high.
In fact, the London Open results were good for a handful of Brits. James Langworthy lands at No.35, his highest ranking so far. Alex Du Noyer enjoys a 12-spot rise to No.46 while youngster Ross Wilson sneaks into the Top 50 at No.50.
The biggest riser in the top 100 is New Zealand’s Sion Wiggin. His European Tour this summer has seen him roar into the top 100 for the first time, rising 91 spots to land at No.64. He’s just one spot behind Australia’s Leigh Sands and three spots ahead of Patrick Moran in the battle between the non-European nations.
The full Men’s Singles Rankings are available here.
Women’s Singles – Race for No.1 Hots Up Before the World Championships
If you need a bit of Rankings-based drama to whet your appetite then look no further. There are now four active players all within 1,000 points of each other at the top of the Women’s Singles rankings.
Zuzana Severinová remains World No.1 for another month. However, Anna-Klara Ahlmer’s two titles in July mean that she is now just 201 points behind. With Ahlmer able to win more ranking points at the World Championships, she has a good chance of taking the top spot from Severinová next month.
A further 319 points behind Ahlmer is Stine Jacobsen. The Dane is the current World Champion so cannot improve her ranking this month. However, with minimal points to defend from 2019, she is set up nicely to make a move for the top spot later in the year.
Last is Myriam Enmer. The French star has climbed over the 10,000-point barrier after her runner-up finish in London. Now, she is also in the mix as she continues to string together consistently fantastic results.
The only actual Top-10 movement came lower down, as Kirsten Kaptein overtook Amke Fischer to land at No.7. The bulk of this month’s movement came slightly lower down.
Alexandra Ogram was the big winner in the rankings. The Brit finished fourth and third in Latvia and London to enjoy a 12-spot rise. The talented youngster is now up to a career-high No.19 and is the new British No.3 after overtaking Jo Shelley and Hannah Boden.
Britain’s No.2, Matilda Parslow, also had a good month. She moved up four spots and now sits at No.14. Stine Krogsøe’s return to the Racketlon World Tour has also been rewarded as she moves back to No.18.
The full Women’s Singles Rankings are available here.
Doubles Rankings – Griffiths, Enmer and Lindberg Enjoy Rises
Morten Jaksland remains the Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles No.1 while Anna-Klara Ahlmer still leads the Women’s Doubles standings. There has been some movement across the rankings though lower down.
In Men’s Doubles, Leon Griffiths is up to No.4 for the first time. He won the Latvian Open title with brother Luke to rise above Nicolas Lenggenhager, Dan Busby and Emanuel Schöpf. Luke Griffiths is now on the cusp of the Top 10 after reaching No.13.
London Open champion René Lindberg can also celebrate a first career Top 10. He’s at exactly No.10 in the latest rankings after winning alongside Nicolas Lenggenhager.
Elsewhere, there were rises for Matthew Davidson, Florian Harca, Joel Pennanen, Jack Bishop and Koen Hageraats, as the latest rankings may prove decisive for seeding ahead of the World Championships.
The full Men’s Doubles Rankings are available here.
Myriam Enmer is the winner in the Women’s Doubles. The French star matches her singles ranking and is now No.4, behind Anna-Klara Ahlmer, Zuzana Severinová and Christine Seehofer-Krenn. Stine Krogsøe is also up to No.7, moving up three spots ahead of Bettina Bugl, Margaux Randjbar and Irina Olsacher.
Once again, it’s Alexandra Ogram that enjoys enormous rankings rise. She’s up 57 places and is now at No.23 in the Women’s Doubles Rankings.
The full Women’s Doubles Rankings are available here.
There were no changes to the Top 10 of the Mixed Doubles rankings. René Lindberg enjoyed a big, 10-spot leap up to No.11 though, and is now within touching distance of a single-digit ranking.
Lower down, Alexandra Ogram and Luke Griffiths both enter the Top 30 for the first time after their run together in Latvia.
The full Mixed Doubles Rankings are available here.
Juniors Rankings – Ogram and Davidson New No.1s
It’s been a busy month in the Juniors Rankings with three new World No.1s in a variety of categories. Alexandra Ogram was already the Girls Singles World No.1. Now, she’s also the Girls Doubles World No.1 and Mixed Doubles World No.1.
Ogram replaces Clarissa Steiner and Paulina Steiner who were the joint-top seeds in the Girls Doubles rankings. She’s also replaced Czechia’s David Eršil at the top of the Juniors Mixed Doubles list. To top it all off, Ogram has also heavily extended her lead at the top of the Girls Juniors Singles rankings. The Brit is now nearly 2,000 points ahead of No.2 Taba Tabaie Shaqayed.
The Boys Juniors Doubles rankings have also seen a new No.1. Matthew Davidson returns to the top of the rankings for a second time, replacing Florian Harca. The Austrian actually slides down to No.3.
The full Racketlon World Tour Rankings are available here.
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Sam Barker / FIR Media Officer
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