I was looking at the world rankings and wrote out the placings as of today against the countries: (shown in order of their first placed player) CHINA 1,5,6,11,17 KOR 2,7,27,32 DEN 3,9,13,18,30,37 MAL 4,12,16,19,24,36,43,55,59 INA 8,14,57 SIN 10,39 HKG 15,22,39 JPN 20,21,26,33,34,48,49 GER 23,38,44,46 POL 25,45 NED 28 THA 29 FIN 31,47 AUT 35 SWE 41 CAN 42 CZE 50 ESP 51,54 ENG 52,56 GUA 53 FRA 58 WAL 60 There are 22 countries in the top 60. Malaysia have the most (9) followed by Japan. Clearly China come out top every way you look at it, for first player, team of three or five they are ahead. Korea have two outstanding players but then a big drop. Denmark have the only top 20 europeans. If you are English notice there 18 countries with a higher ranked player than our no.1, including Spain, Austria, Fin (twice), Czech, Poland (twice). Even winning both mens doubles we could soon be struggling to pick up a singles point against these other Euro sides in TC! While I know the rankings are not a precise guide to form what do these mean for the Thomas Cup and future success. Will we see Hong Kong and Singapore challenging the big 5 in future TC? If the order above was translated into TC results (i.e. the higher ranked player won always in direct match up) China would win all three against anyone, Korea would win 2 out of three against anyone but China.