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BWF Rankings: HS Prannoy slips to 13th, Rituparna Das plunges 19 spots

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752   //    22 Feb 2018, 11:35 IST

HS Prannoy
HS Prannoy

The India No. 2 men’s singles shuttler, HS Prannoy slipped a couple of spots to 13th as the latest world rankings were released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday, February 22, 2018. The Kerala player is currently recuperating from a bad corn on his foot, which played a role in his shock first round exit at the India Open at the beginning of this month.

With there being no tournament last week apart from the European, African and Pan-American Championships, there is hardly any change in the rankings for most of the top shuttlers.

Kidambi Srikanth continues to lead the pack at third and Sai Praneeth maintains his 14th spot. Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap rose a solitary rung to 44th, Sameer Verma dropped two places to 46th while Ajay Jayaram is static at 48th.

Sourabh Verma and Subhankar Dey are placed one after the other at 64th and 65th respectively.

Saina and Sindhu maintain their rankings

In women’s singles, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal too saw no changes in their ranking. The Rio Olympics silver medallist is fourth and the former World No. 1 is 11th just like last week.

Outside the top 50, Tata Open champion Ruthvika Shivani Gadde is 56th and Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli is 62nd. India's top women's singles junior, Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka is still perched at her career-high ranking of 72nd.

There was, however, a massive slide for the former national champion Rituparna Das. The 21-year-old Haldia girl plummeted 19 spots to be ranked 88th this week.

In men’s doubles, the fast-rising pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are 25th. National champions Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy slipped to 31st.

Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy are 27th now in women’s doubles. Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra plunged three places to 24th in mixed doubles while national champions Rankireddy and Ponnappa remain at 58th.

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