Mumbai.May.21: In the latest rankings, released by the Badminton World Federation, Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has jumped one spot from World No.2 to become the number one player in the world for the second time in her career.
The 25-year-old, who was the only shining light for India in an otherwise dismal Sudirman Cup campaign earlier this month, has had a fantastic time in 2015 so far, where she won the Indian Open
Grand Prix Gold, by defeating Carolina Marin in the finals, thereby becoming the first Indian shuttler after Prakash Padukone to become World No.1.
The Hisar-born player then became the first Indian women’s badminton player to reach the finals of the All England Championships in London, where she succumbed to Marin this time around.
She was the only bright spot for India in the recently concluded Sudirman Cup, defeating both her opponents in the Group stage, but. unfortunately couldn’t get enough support from the rest of her teammates. She will enter as the number 2 seed in next week’s Australian Open, where she is the defending champion.
While Saina climbed up to the number one spot, PV Sindhu jumped down from number 11 to 12 while PC Thulasi also dropped one place to be ranked number 43. Not much change in the Men’s rankings
In the Men’s rankings, there weren’t many changes, with Kidambi Srikanth, despite his loss to Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, still holding on to his 4th spot while Parupalli Kashyap also held on to the 13th position in the world rankings.