Saina climbs up to 7th place, Sindhu at 10th in world badminton ranking


New Delhi: The victory at the Syed Modi International tournament in Lucknow helped London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal to surge two places to reach the seventh position in the latest world badminton ranking, released in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

The 23-year-old, who broke a 15-month title drought in Lucknow after winning the Grand Prix Gold event, bagged 7,000 ranking points and now has 59,680 points from 14 tournaments.

P.V.Sindhu, who finished runners-up at that tournament after losing the final to Saina, also broke back into the top 10 with 55,752 ranking points. She gathered 5950 points from her second-place finish at Syed Modi International tournament.

Rising men’s singles player, K.Srikanth, who also finished runners-up at Lucknow, made a massive jump of 10 places to break into the top-20. He is currently the second highest ranked men’s shuttler behind Parupalli Kashyap, who is at 18th spot.

Ajay Jayaram slipped one place to 22nd spot, while RMV Gurusaidutt improved one place to be at 28th position in the latest BWF ranking. Another promising shuttler H.S.Prannoy, also moved 10 places to 39th spot, while B.Sai Praneeth, zoomed 14 places to 45th place.

Among others, Sourabh Varma was at the 50th spot after improving seven places.