Major progress for Lucas Lum and Won Bae

After impressive performances at the recent World Table Tennis Youth Contender tournaments in Spa, Belgium and in Metz, France, there have been major rewards for members of the Australian contingent who made the visit to Europe, according to the Table Tennis World Rankings as issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Tuesday 25 April.

On the under 15 boys’ listing, Won Bae advances 15 places, breaking through the two hundred mark to stand at no.189.

Most creditable but not as dramatic as that enjoyed by Lucas Lum. He moves from no.524 to no.380, a staggering climb of 144 steps up the ladder.

Also, on the under 19 boys’ ranking, there is progress for Finn Luu and Hwan Bae. Previously at 46, Finn Luu is now named at no.39, Hwan Bae now appears at no.110, a climb of five positions. Notably, Nicholas Lum retains his no.10 spot.

The status quo for Nicholas Lum who, like Finn Luu, reached the last 16 of the under 19 boys’ singles in Metz, it is the same for Australian names in the top 100 of the men’s listings.

Nicholas Lum continues at no.39, Xin Yan at no.61, Xavier Dixon at no.91, Lee Yonghun at no.92.

Similarly, New Zealand’s Alfred Dela Pena once again occupies the no.102 position.

Meanwhile, on the women’s rankings, Australia’s Liu Yangzi – on duty at the WTT Champions Macao – moves one place higher and now stands at no.31, in the top 100.  Jee Minhyung remains at no.39 and Jian Fang Lay at no.98.

Conversely, the one notable drop down the order is that of Aditya Sareen, very much the talisman for Australia in their silver medal under 15 boys’ team success at the 2022 World Youth Championships.  Previously at no.111, he now appears at no.126.

However, he has time on his side, and is undoubtedly a name to note.


Article adapted from the ITTF-Oceania website.