Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia, 26 July 2016 |

Max Purcell has enjoyed a fast-track route into the world’s top 400 after his first professional title at the weekend.

Purcell, an 18-year-old Sydneysider, won the ATP Challenger event in Gimcheon, Korea, and as a result soared 376 places in the rankings to world No.386.

Previously ranked No.762, Purcell became the lowest-ranked winner of a Challenger title in 14 years.

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The player he beat in the Gimcheon final, fellow Australian Andrew Whittington, rose 34 places to No.207.

Whittington is now the eighth highest-ranked Australian after leapfrogging John-Patrick Smith, Ben Mitchell, Luke Saville and Matt Ebden.

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A little higher up, James Duckworth improved his ranking by 21 places to No.184 after reaching the second round of the ATP 500 event in Washington DC as a qualifier.

Meanwhile, Priscilla Hon improved her ranking 16 places to 328th – and her Australian ranking to No.8 – thanks to reaching the second round of the $50,000 ITF hardcourt event in Sacramento.

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At a concurrent ITF $25,000 hardcourt tournament in Winnipeg, Canada, Olivia Rogowska reached the semifinals and rose 45 spots to world No.452.