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BWF Rankings: Massive jump for Sameer Verma after Swiss Open title win

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889   //    01 Mar 2018, 20:59 IST

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Sameer Verma

The Swiss Open title win hauled Sameer Verma up by a whopping 13 places to 33rd in the new world rankings released by the Badminton Federation (BWF) on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The 23-year-old Verma beat former World No. 2 shuttlers, Jan O Jorgensen and Kento Momota on his way to victory.

It was Verma’s first title since triumphing at the Syed Modi International more than a year ago. He failed to build on that big win due to a shoulder injury.

Rise for Kashyap as well

The other winner of last week, Parupalli Kashyap too climbed three places after tasting Austrian Open title glory. The Commonwealth Games champion is now placed at 41st.

The win in Vienna was his first since claiming the Syed Modi International in 2015 and having to endure an injury-riddled period thereafter.

There was no change for the top three men’s singles shuttlers. Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and Sai Praneeth maintained their third, 13th and 14th spots respectively. Ajay Jayaram is currently 49th, Sourabh Verma is 61st and Subhankar Dey is 67th.

No change for Saina and Sindhu

In women’s singles, there has been no change for the top two Indian shuttle queens. PV Sindhu is static at fourth and Saina Nehwal too remains at 11th.

Tata Open champion Ruthvika Shivani Gadde rose a solitary rung to 55th while Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli dropped three places to 65th. Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka is 71st and former national champion Rituparna Das is 87th. 19-year-old Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka, who won a round at the Swiss Open, moved up 10 spots to reach a career-high 88th.

In men’s doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are 25th and national champions Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy are 32nd.

India’s numero uno women’s doubles duo of N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa climbed one spot to 26th. In mixed doubles, Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra slid three places to 27th while National Championships winners Ponnappa and Rankireddy are now 59th.

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