After winning the Denmark Open, Saina Nehwal climbed to the highest ranking of this year. Saina moved to 3rd spot as a result of winning the Denmark Super Series Premiere. Year 2011 was very disappointing for Saina as she was not able to win a single super series title. But this year, Saina has won back to back super series titles and an Olympic medal to improve her ranking.
Chance to come closer to 2nd place :
Chinese player Li Xuerui is currently at 2nd spot with 85926.7 points but she is not playing the French Open as well as Bitburger Open, and that will affect her ranking points. She was the runner up at French Open 2011 and defending champion of Bitburger Open, so she will lose 2170.2 ranking points and her new ranking points will be 83756.5.
On other hand, Saina Nehwal can benefit from the French Open. Saina is currently at 3rd spot with 80361.7 points and if she wins French Open then she will get 3150 points and her ranking points will be 83511.7, which is just 245 less than Li Xuerui.
Li Ning China Open 2012 can be decider :
Li Ning China Open 2012, starting from 13th November, can be the decider for rankings because the top three players will be participating in this tournament. Wang Yihan will be top seeded, while Li Xuerui and Saina Nehwal will be second and third seeded respectively. Wang Yihan is the defending champion and Li Xuerui was a semi-finalist last year. According to seeding, if Sania and Li win their all matches then they will meet in semifinals which could be a decider for 2nd spot. But if Saina reaches semifinal, then she will benefit through more ranking points also.