Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal is back on top of the BWF rankings courtesy of Li Xuerui dropping to third place. This is the second time that Nehwal has secured the World No. 1 spot. She had achieved the top spot following her India Open triumph earlier this year.
Saina Nehwal: Will be tough maintaining the number one ranking
In spite of regaining the World No. 1 ranking and all the glory that goes with it, Saina Nehwal remains focused on the upcoming tournaments. She believes that staying on top will be as hard as reaching the summit.
“It will be tough maintaining the number one ranking but if everything falls in line and if I train well, then I am sure I can maintain it for a long time but it is not going to be easy (as) I have to work very very hard. I have to keep in mind everyday I am world number one and have to work as world number one. I will try my best to win as many titles for my country. “
On competition for the World No. 1 spot and Pullela Gopichand:
“All are threat(s) to me. Right now, I cannot comment on one person. Li Xuerui is the top contender because she has less number of tournaments compared to others, so she has the chance to go on top again. Whenever we (herself and Gopichand) go to the tournament, we speak there. Otherwise there is not so much of conversation as we do not have that much of time. We work on our training. Being my coach for so many years, he tells so many good things and wishes me best but sometimes when you go to a different place, differences do happen. It is not so easy to be the same coach and trainee. He is doing his things now and I am doing mine. Everything is going fine and that is important.”
On what went wrong with Gopichand and working with Vimal Kumar:
“I cannot exactly say what happened but the training which I got was not up to the mark. We discussed on my game but whatever we applied on the court did not work out for me. My game required something different, something else. Not every coach can read the game properly. Sometimes, the coach may not know how to improve from one stage to another. Somehow I got stuck at one place, not improving from that zone. While working with Vimal sir, I came out with results. Otherwise, I lost with very close margins to top players. This shows that improvement was happening, but I was still not confident that I will achieve world number one ranking. Vimal sir had belief in me and said if I keep on performing and winning, the ranking will take care of itself, and that (is) what happened. Right now we are working on improving areas which I was weak at and I think, we are doing that very well and that’s why the results are coming.”
PV Sindhu out of Top 10; Kashyap Rises to 14th
Meanwhile, PV Sindhu’s injury-forced break from competition has seen her slip out of the top 10. She now sits in 12th position.
While Kidambi Srikanth retained his fourth spot, Parupalli Kashyap has risen to the 14th spot. Kashyap, who reached the semi-finals of the Singapore Open has certainly justified his rise up the rankings. HS Prannoy has slipped to 15th place in spite of his impressive wins over Jan O Jorgensen recently.