World Badminton Rankings released by BWF
India’s star woman shuttler Saina Nehwal has dropped out of the top 10 in the World Badminton Rankings. London Olympics bronze medallist and India’s leading female badminton player Saina Nehwal slipped from one place to the 11th position in the World Badminton Federation (BWF)rankings. Saina was ranked 10th in the top-10, but she lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the World Badminton Championships quarter-finals. Marin also defeated PV Sindhu in the final of the tournament. Taiwanese Tai Tzu-Ying in the first place and Akane Yamaguchi of Japan is second place in women’s singles. India’s Shrikanth Kidambi lost two places in the men’s rankings. He now reached 6th to 8th position. H. S. Prannoy is at number 11. In the men’s doubles ranking, on the other hand, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty gained two places. They reached 25th to 23rd position. No Indian pairs are included in the top-20 in women’s doubles.
Marin had given both to beat-
Saina’s compatriot and Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu also defeated by Spanish player Marin in the final. However, she remains in the third place. There was a lot of difference in the ranking of Saina due to being defeated by Marin.
At the first place of Tai Tzu Ying –
Taiwanese player Tai Tzu-Ying remains at the top in this ranking. Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi is in second place. In the men’s ranking, India’s leading male badminton player Kidambi Srikanth has slipped two places to the eighth position, while HS Prannoy remained at number 11.
Satwiksairaj and Chirag couple advantage –
In the men’s doubles ranking, Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty have also climbed up two places to 23rd, while the Indian doubles ranking does not include any Indian pair in the top-20. The mixed couple duo of Pranav Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy has also been lost and now they are at 24th place.
Saina will have to work hard-
Considering the way Saina Nehwal loses to the world badminton championship, it is being said that Saina now desperately needs to work harder on her games. Saina is now preparing for the next Competition. Hopefully, once again she will be in the top-10 on her stunning game performance.
Pullela Gopichand, the Indian coach, says that Nozomi Okuhara in the quarter-finals of Sindhu and beating Yamaguchi in the semi-finals were great. The way she beat both of them was fantastic. We expect another successful competition in the Asian Games in the next 10 days. I think our four players in the world championships reached the quarter-finals, which are the highest till now but I think there are definitely departments that can improve. (Kidambi) Srikanth and (HS) could have done better.
India’s star shuttler PV Sindhu believes that Indian Badminton players did not get enough time to prepare for the Asian Games but they hope they will perform better than the 2014 tournament. In 2014, the Indian Badminton team got only one bronze medal. Indian women team won the bronze medal in women team category in Incheon four years ago and Sindhu hopes that they will be able to change the colors of the medal this time in these games starting August 18.