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Latest WBF Rankings: Kashyap retains no. 11 spot, Saina holds on to no.2


File Photo: Parupalli Kashyap of India (Getty Images)

File Photo: Parupalli Kashyap of India (Getty Images)

India’s top ranked men’s singles player Parupalli Kashyap retained his last week’s world number 11 ranking in the in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday. Kashyap had crashed out in the first round of the Yonex Sunrise Indian Open to former world number one Taufiq Hidayat in a gripping three-game affair.

Kashyap’s best recent performance has been a quarterfinal finish in the prestigious All England Badminton Championships.

Among the other Indian men, RMV Gurusaidutt and Ajay Jayaram retained their last week’s ranking of 27 and 30 respectively. Gurusaidutt is the second highest ranked men’s singles player after Kashyap.

Sourabh Varma clung on to his 36th ranking. Anand Pawar, who reached the semi-final of the Yonex Indian Open, where he lost to Japan’s Kenchi Tago, also held on to his 43rd ranking. Pawar had earlier reached the third round of the Yonex Australian Open.

K Srikanth, who shocked Jan O Jorgensen in the first round of the Yonex Indian Open, maintained his 47th ranking. B Sai Praneeth, held on to his 56th ranking. HS Pranoy, who grabbed the eyeballs when he reached the semi-finals of the Polish Open, and later made it to the quarterfinals of the Indian Open, held on to his 67th ranking.

Arvind Bhat climbed one spot to be placed 72nd. Old warhorse Chetan Anand, who once reached a career-high ranking of 14, retained his last week’s ranking of 88. Anup Sridhar retained his last week’s ranking of 104th.

In the women’s section, badminton icon Saina Nehwal continues to cling on to her world number two ranking in the women’s singles category.

PV Sindhu, who won her maiden senior singles crown – the Yonex Malaysian Open – retained her last week’s number 13 ranking. Arundhati Pantawane, whose best performance this year has been a semi-final finish at the recent Polish Open, slipped two spots to be ranked 78th.

PC Thulsai, another semi-finalist at the Polish Open retained her 89th ranking. Tanvi Lad, who made it to the quarterfinals of the Polish Open, stayed put at 85th spot.

Sayali Gokhale continues to cling on to her last week’s ranking of 100. Saili Rane dropped one spot to be ranked 108th, while Sarada Jasti retained her last week’s ranking of 118.

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