BWF World Rankings: Srikanth falls to 5th, Yamaguchi new world no. 1

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Swetha Reddy Image Courtesy: Badminton Photo 19 Apr, 2018

Japanese ace shuttler Akane Yamaguchi reached world no. 1, her career best spot, dethroning Tai Tzu Ying, who maintained at the top position for straight 72 weeks. The taiwanese shuttler slipped to world no 2.

The 20-year-old becomes the first Women’s Singles shuttler from the country to have bagged the top spot. Previously, the Women’s Doubles duo Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo were the only players from Japan who reached world no. 1 in 2014.

While, 2018 Commonwealth Games finalists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal from India remains at 3 and 12 respectively, in the latest BWF World Rankings.

Why Srikanth fell to 5th?

India’s top Men’s Singles shuttler and 2018 CWG silver medallist Srikanth Kidambi’s pinnacle moment didn’t last long, as he slips four spots and settles at world no. 5; defending and the World champion Viktor Axelsen is thus back to 1.

As the BWF considers the ten best results in the past 52 weeks, Srikanth falls as his Singapore Open points, a whopping of 7800, comes off this week. While HS Prannoy is back to 10th spot in the latest rankings, as he didn’t participate in 2017 Singapore Super Series.

It is the same case with B Sai Praneeth, whose 9200 points from his Singapore Open win washed away this week and made him to fall four spots to 19th.

Other Men’s Singles shuttlers settled as follows: Sameer Verma falls to 31st, Parupalli Kashyap climbs to 37th, Sourabh Verma falls to 59th, Subhankar Dey climbs to 63rd, Ajay Jayaram falls to 81st, Rahul Yadav Chittaboina climbs to 85th, Abhishek Yeligar jumps to 91st, Karan Rajan Rajarajan falls to 97th and Shreyansh Jaiswal at 100th.  

Career Best for Satwik and Chirag

India’s top Men’s Doubles young pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who grabbed silver medal at the recently-concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games, jumped three spots up to reach the career best of world no. 18 this week, while, Senior Nationals champion pair Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy jumps to 32nd position.

In Women’s Doubles category, Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy rocketed one spot to 25th.

In mixed doubles, N Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra jumped to 22nd, while National champions Rankireddy and Ponnappa settled at 55th.

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