Complete Round-Up of BWF World Rankings Post the Asian Leg of the BWF Tour

By: Editor
Date: 02 Feb, 2021
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Ashwini Ponnappa/Satwik Sairaj jumped 16 places to break into the top 20 of the BWF World Rankings for Mixed Doubles following a good run at the recently concluded Asian leg of the BWF World Tour. They arguably had the most significant jump in rankings across all categories, and currently sit at #19.

In the women’s singles rankings - two titles and three finals in the Asian leg of the BWF World Tour helped Carolina Marin move up two places, while Chen Yu Fei and Tai Tzu Ying continued to sit atop of the same. PV Sindhu didn’t have the best of tournaments but maintained her seventh position while the Japanese duo – Nozomi Okuhara & Akane Yamaguchi lost a place each, because of their non-participation. Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand maintained her sixth position while South Korean sensation An Se-Young moved up two places to number 8, at the expense of He Bing Jiao and Michelle Li who both went down a place each to round-off the top 10.

Pornpawee Chochuwong who had a stellar world tour final, is just outside the top 10 – having gained three places, while Dane Mia Blichfeldt also gained four. Saina Nehwal remains in the top 20 with a one place again, and Beiwen Zhang seems to have lost the most places due to her nonparticipation.

In the men’s singles rankings, two titles and a final for Viktor Axelsen aren’t quite enough to overhaul Kento Momota’s first place but he gained two places to reach world #2. Fellow Dane Anders Antonsen continued his presence at number three with a win in the World Tour Finals. Wang Tzu Wei from the Chinese Taipei gained four places to break into the top 10 while Srikanth Kidambi of India also gained a place to #13. Fellow Indian B Sai Praneeth lost one place but continues to be in the top 20. Lee Chek Yiu jumped five places to break into the top 20, but it is the Danish veteran Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus who gained the most with a 13-places jump thanks to his exploits in Bangkok.

Parupalli Kashyap at 26, Sameer Verma 27, Lakshya Sen 28 followed by HS Pranoy at 31 and Sourabh Verma at 32 – round off the top Indian singles players in the world with Shubhan Dey at 47 also managing a place in the top 50 of the world.

Satwik Sairaj & Chirag Shetty at #10 are the top ranked Indian team in the men’s doubles rankings with the Indonesian team of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon & Kevin Sanjaya perched at the very top. Hendra Setiawan/Mohammad Ahsan who lost the World Tour Finals stay put at #2 while the winners of the World Tour Finals Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin moved up four places to #3. South Koreans Choi Solgu/Seo Seung Jee maintained their position at #8, courtesy of a good run in Asia. English pair Ben Lane/Sean Vendy who became the first pair from the country to advance into the semifinals of the World Tour Finals made a handsome jump of 8 places to break into the top 20.

B Sumeeth Reddy/Manu Attri and MR Arjun/Shlok Ramachandran are the other two Indian pairs in the top 50 with rankings of #35 and #47 respectively.

In women’s doubles there was hardly any movement in the top 10 places, with Thai pair Jongkolphan Kititharakul/ThailandRawinda Prajongjai moving up 2 places to number #8. The top four continue to remain the same while Malaysian pair Chow Mei Kuan/Lee Meng Yean moved up four places to break into the top 10. Fellow Malaysian pair Vivian Hoo/Yap Cheng Wen made the most significant jump in the rankings, up seven places to number 17.

Sikki Reddy/Ashwini Ponnappa lost a place to number 29 while #43 Pooja Dandu/Sanjana Santosh, and #48 Meghana Jakkampudi/Poorvisha Ram are the other Indians in the top 50 of the women’s rankings.

In the mixed doubles ranking, Sapsiree Taerattanachai/Dechapol Puavaranukroh who put together a string of three titles in three weeks moved up a place to world #2, while Malaysian pair Goh Soon Huat/Lai Shevon Jemie moved up three places to break into the top 10. French pair Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue – who had an excellent run in Asia also moved up three places while the veteran pair of Chris Adcock/Gabby Adcock, who weren’t playing the Asian leg dropped down two places.

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