After a long three months gap, Saina Nehwal has once again reached top of the BWF World rankings, thanks to her performance at the badminton World championships.
Saina is not the only Indian who has climbed up in the rankings after the tournament. Her colleagues Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa also broke into the top 10 of women’s doubles. On the Men’s side, P Kashyap improved his ranking to number 8 in the world. K Srikanth was the only Indian to have slipped in the rankings to fourth spot.
Saina Nehwal settles for Silver and the World No. 1 position
Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal returned to the top of the women’s singles rankings despite losing the World Championships final to Carolina Marin. Marin slipped her rankings too after her triumphant final making way for the Indian on top. Saina is now also credited to winning India’s first silver medal at the World Championships. The Indian amassed 82,792 points, putting her at a clear lead of over 2000 points over the second placed Marin.
The 25 year old who thought of quitting badminton last year is now living her ultimate dream this year. And, she knows that her counterparts would be looking at every opportunity to take-away the top spot.
“It’s great, a very big achievement being World No. 1. Everyone wants to do well, so it’s good when I can achieve it and regain it. I’ve been Top 5, Top 3 in recent times, but World No. 1 gives you a sense of confidence like nothing else. Of course you have to be alert because others are looking to trip you up,” said Saina Nehwal.
Gutta-Ponappa make it to top-ten, while P Kashyap records career best ranking
The duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa too had a fantastic year in badminton, winning the Canada Open, reaching the finals in the US Open along with a few more quarter final finishes including the World Championships have put them on 10th spot of women’s doubles.
On the contrary, PV Sindhu slipped to 14th spot despite her quarter final finish at the World Championships.
However, the BWF ranking for men’s singles now has two Indians in the top 10. P Kashyap gained two places with his run at the World Championship while consecutive 3rd round exits for Kidambi Srikanth puts him at 4th in the latest world rankings.