Saina Nehwal, the former World No 1, played exceptionally well after recovering from a longstanding knee injury, while PV sindhu lost out in a breath-taking summit clash against Nozomi Okahura. (Photo: AFP)
Mumbai: Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal’s recent performances at World Badminton Championship helped them rise in the BWF world ranking, on Thursday.
Srikanth Kidambi, whose medal hopes vanished at the quarterfinal stage, had dropped two places in the previous week to the 10th spot. His recent performance though, saw him regain his position as World No 8 in the current ranking.
The recent World Badminton Championship in Glasgow witnessed India winning two medals courtesy PV Sindhu (silver) and Saina Nehwal (bronze) their best medal haul in the history of the championship.
Saina Nehwal, the former World No 1, played exceptionally well after recovering from a longstanding knee injury to win bronze medal after losing to eventual champion Nozomi Okuhara in the semi-final. Saina’s performance in the tournament has helped her move four places to become World No 12 in the current ranking.
The other shuttlers, who also took part in the tournament, saw themselves rise in the ranking.
Ajay Jayaram has moved up to No. 16 this week, up by one place from the previous week where he was placed on no 17. Sai Praneeth, who was sitting on no 19 last week, has jumped two places to become World No 17 just, one place behind Jayaram.
Sameer Verma has also seen his ranking improve, as he becomes World No. 26 after jumping three spots.
HS Prannoy, who failed to make the cut for the World Championships, has dropped three places to No. 18. Sourabh Verma too drops one place and now sits at the No. 32. Parupalli Kashyap remains at World No. 46.
PV Sindhu, who won a silver medal, losing to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the final of World Championship retained her fourth position in the ranking. The other two shuttlers, Rituparna Das and Tanvi Lad, have seen contrasting results on the ranking this week. Das remained static at No. 45, while Lad jumped 11 places in the ranking to become World No 81.
In the men's doubles, Manu Atri and Sumeeth dropped one place to sit at No. 33 after their early exit at the Worlds.
In the women’s doubles Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponappa remained static at No. 24 this week . In the mixed doubles section, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Reddy move up one spot to reach the 19th place. Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa moved up nine places to be place at No 47. There was no movement in ranking for Indo-Malaysian pair of Prajakta Sawant and Yogendran Khrishnanas; they remained on No 43 in the ranking.