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BWF Rankings: Sameer Verma and Sourabh Verma rise a couple of spots each

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975   //    26 Apr 2018, 18:11 IST

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Sameer Verma

Brothers Sameer and Sourabh Verma moved up a couple of spots each in the latest world rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Swiss Open champion Sameer, whose career-best ranking is 18th, climbed to 29th while the former national champion Sourabh is now placed at 57th.

The 23-year-old Sameer also reached the semi-finals of the Orleans Masters this year, besides winning the Swiss Open for the first time in his career. Sourabh has not been in action since bowing out in the second round of the Swiss Open.

Other than them, there has not been much change for India’s top shuttlers. Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy remain India’s only top-10 men’s singles exponents at 5th and 10th respectively. Sai Praneeth maintains his 19th place and so does the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap at 37th.

Subhankar Dey is 62nd, Ajay Jayaram is 77th, Lakshya Sen is 108th, RMV Gurusaidutt is 114th and Siril Verma is 123rd.

No change for Saina and Sindhu

India’s two leading ladies also saw no change in their rankings this week. PV Sindhu is still at third and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Saina Nehwal is static at 12th.

Ruthvika Shivani Gadde too maintains her 55th spot. Fast-rising Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka jumped a couple of rungs to reach a career-high 62nd.

In men’s doubles, the Commonwealth Games silver medallists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty continue to remain at 18th. National champions Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy slipped one spot to 33rd.

Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, who secured a women’s doubles bronze medal in Gold Coast, too remain perched to the 25th spot. Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram rose four places to 51st.

In mixed doubles, Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra climbed a solitary rung to 21st while national champions Ponnappa and Rankireddy moved up two spots to 53rd.

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