With the season having ended for most of the top shuttlers, there is not much change for the crème de la crème of Indian badminton in the latest world rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Reigning Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap is one of the few elite players to have a ranking change this week.
The 31-year-old, who exited the top 50 recently, has climbed one spot to 54th. He reached the final of the US Open Grand Prix Gold in July after coming back from a shoulder injury that he sustained earlier in the season.
Meanwhile, Srikanth Kidambi and HS Prannoy maintain their respective top 10 rankings of fourth and 10th. Srikanth, who has won a staggering four Superseries titles in 2017, is aiming for the Dubai World Superseries Finals crown this week.
Singapore Open Superseries winner B Sai Praneeth is 17th, Sameer Verma is 30th, Ajay Jayaram is 38th, and Sourabh Verma is 49th, thus rounding off the top 50.
National Championships bronze medallist Subhankar Dey holds on to 64th while Harsheel Dani has risen to 80th. Abhishek Yelegar plunged 14 spots to 82nd and Tata Open champion Lakshya Sen is static at 89th.
Rituparna Das falls to 53rd
Dubai World Superseries Finals title contender PV Sindhu maintains her World No. 3 spot. Saina Nehwal, too, is unchanged at 10th.
Former national champion Rituparna Das has dropped four rungs to 53rd while Sri Krishna Priya Kudravalli's position remains unchanged on 59th.
Tata Open champion Ruthvika Shivani Gadde, Welsh International winner Tanvi Lad and Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka occupy the 89th, 90th and 91st spots respectively. Saili Rane has dropped a couple of places to 96th.
Rankireddy and Shetty slide
The top Indian men’s doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty slid down to 31st in the latest rankings. National champions Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy continue to be 32nd.
In women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy fell to 28th while in mixed doubles, Reddy had better fortunes. She and Pranaav Jerry Chopra rose a solitary rung to 18th. The pair of Ponnappa and Rankireddy, who beat Reddy and Chopra in the Nationals final, is 73rd.