Japan Open Super Series was not the best thing happened to Indian contingent but the consistence performances of Indian shuttlers are making the country proud.
Men’s singles players have ensured that Indian badminton is all set to climb to yet another high when the new BWF World Rankings are released on September 28, 2017 as five men will feature in the top 20 for the first time in the history of the sport.
It was the men who again outperform the women in the singles department with Srikanth Kidmbi and HS Prannoy making it to the quarter-finals while PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal fell in the second round.
Both of them collected 5040 points by dint of their performances. Since Srikanth defended his quarter-final points earned from last year, he remains static at the eighth place in the world rankings with 58583 points.
Prannoy had bowed out in the second round last year, so the 5040 points this year will take his total tally to 48735. It will push the currently 19th ranked Prannoy to 15th in next week’s rankings.
The Singapore Open champion Sai Praneeth was ousted in the first round this year by Korean qualifier Lee Dong Keun which was a repetition of the same performance he had last year in Tokyo. So, Sai remains unchanged at 17th with 48360 points.
Sameer Verma’s ranking graph continues its upward trajectory. The 22-year-old, who reached a career-high 21st this week, will jump a further two places to 19th following his second round appearance at the Japan Open that gave him 3600 points. He also gave a threat to some big names but fall in the end moment.
Ajay Jayaram, who has not played since the World Championships in August, will hold on to the 20th spot with 45835 points.