The top Indian shuttlers saw a few changes in the latest world rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday, November 23, 2017.
There is some good news for Saina Nehwal as Olympic bronze medalist has risen one place to 10th, making this the first time in six months that she is ranked inside the top 10. The former World No. 1 was last a part of the elite group in the 25th May rankings.
However, a quarter-final exit and a pullout at the China Open Superseries Premier resulted in PV Sindhu dropping one spot in the latest Badminton World Federation rankings.
Srikanth Kidambi, who has opted for rest since the Senior National Championships, too has dropped one spot to third. The Guntur ace, who has won four Superseries tournaments in 2017, will next be seen in action at the Dubai World Superseries Finals in December.
Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, who won the China Open and had finished runner-up at the Denmark and French Superseries tournaments prior to that, displaced Sindhu from world No 2. Srikanth was pulled down by Son Wan Ho, who reached the semi-finals in China.
HS Prannoy, who could not get past the round of 16 in China, maintained his world No 10 ranking, while Sai Praneeth dropped one spot to 17th after missing the tournament with injury.
Sourabh Verma, who has returned to the Tour after an ankle injury, jumped 10 spots to 48th. Ajay Jayaram has wrapped up his season in order to fully recover from a hamstring injury. That has affected his ranking and he has slipped eight spots to 31st.
In men’s doubles, the pairs of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty, and Manu Attri-B Sumeeth Reddy both jumped up one spot to 27th and 32nd respectively despite first-round exits in China. Women’s doubles pair Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy dropped a spot to 25th after also falling at the first hurdle.
In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy rose a spot to 16th despite not playing in China, while Ponnappa and Rankireddy jumped eight spots to 78th despite a first-round exit.